Cinema under the stars
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OPEN AIR CINEMAS OF ATHENS Cine Psiri
(Map I6 Monastiraki) Sari 40-44, Psiri (+30) 210 3212476
(Map I14 Evangelismos) Dexameni sq., Kolonaki (+30) 210 3623942
(Map N12 Syntagma) Zapion Garden (+30) 210 3369370
(Map M8 Akropoli) Kidathineon 22, Plaka (+30) 210 3222071
(Map D12 Omonia) Themistokleous 82, Exarchia (+30) 210 3301020
(Map E12 Omonia) Valtetsiou 46, Exarchia (+30) 210 3837716
(Map I16 Evangelismos) Charitos 50, Kolonaki (+30) 210 7215717
(Map 5 Thissio) Apostolou Pavlou 7, Thissio (+30) 210 3420864 30 _ CITY GUIDE summer 2014
o not miss the opportunity to spend a lovely evening in one of the numerous open-air cinemas of Athens. Once the weather is warm enough, people of all ages choose to spend their evenings watching new releases or re-releases of older films under the starlit sky. Enjoy the best movies of the season in a one of a kind experience. Although most open-air cinemas are located in the centre of Athens, they are usually isolated gardens with trees. Indulge in your favourite cinema snacks and beverages along with cold summer drinks and beers and let the atmosphere guide you through the night. More importantly, screenings will pose no language problem to foreigners: in Greece, films are not dubbed but subtitled. Open-air cinemas began as an experiment in Athens in the latter half of the twentieth century and gradually became a trademark experience of the Athenian summer. The ticket price ranges between €7 and €8. With an additional amount of money you will be able to buy snacks and drinks of all kinds. Good news for smokers: smoking is allowed at all times.
Athens Open Air Film Festival
After a successful 3-year run, the Athens Open Air Film Festival is back for the fourth year in a row in the summer of 2014. The hidden oases of Athens welcome summer blockbusters, all-time classics, local gems and special events in the biggest open-air festival in the city. From June to September, some of the most breathtaking locations around the city will be instantly transformed into open-air movie theaters with free entrance. Venues include the Dionysiou Areopagitou pedestrian precinct, the Petralona Park, Plato’s Academy Park, Avdi Square, Mesolongiou Square, the Numismatic and the Byzantine Museums, as well as little-known spots in the wider Athens area, such as the Rematia Chalandriou Theater and the Nea Smyrni Park, combining urban mystique with over 20 masterpieces of classic and contemporary cinema during a summer festival that has become a city staple. This year, the 4th Athens Open Air Festival has expanded to embrace historical open-air movie theaters, such as Cine Psyrri, Cine Thissio, Cine Ellinis, Dexameni and the Greek Film Archive’s Lais Theater (a relatively new entry in the open-air roster), scheduled to host some of the most exciting screenings of the summer! The festival’s screening schedule will be accompanied by a number of sidebar events in rather unexpected locations, introducing visitors to another side of Athens. The film that is scheduled to raise the curtain is “The Two Faces of January”, starring Viggo Mortensen and shot in Athens and Crete. The last screening is scheduled for September 4. A detailed schedule can be found in www.cinemag.gr.