Baku Open Air Cinema
Opening hours: From 8:00pm to 3:00am daily
Independent and arthouse films make an interesting way to learn about different cultures. With the introduction of film festivals and indie producers around the world, the number of movie theatres showing arthouse movies are increasing each year. Here’s a culture-lovers guide to independent cinemas in Baku.
Unlike other countries and cities around Europe, independent films haven’t taken off as much in Azerbaijan. While fans can find independent movies in some of the cinemas in Baku, enjoying a film in English might not be as easy. Expect everything to be in either Azeri or Russian. Finding reliable information about what’s showing, the opening times and addresses are further obstacles. But persevere and reap the rewards of watching the non-mainstream films few outside of Azerbaijan get the opportunity to enjoy.
On the northeast corner of Icheri Sheher sits the new Motivasiya Kino Klub or Motivation Movie Club in English. This cinema in Baku showcases a range of independent and arthouse films featured in various international festivals and competitions. Most will have either Azeri or Russian subtitles. Movie fans need to expect a lack of English. Finding out the opening times and screenings is also impossible due to the lack of information online. Potential visitors should contact Motivation via their Facebook page or take a detour to the complex when exploring the Icheri Sheher to see what’s on.
128 Kicik Qala, Baku, Azerbaijan, +994 50 543 44 97