The Best Cinemas in Athens, Greece

Zefyros open-air cinema
Zefyros open-air cinema | © Bart van Poll / Flickr
Ethel Dilouambaka

Come winter or summer, a great activity to do in the evening to unwind and relax is to watch a movie. However, cinemas are virtually the same everywhere, so Culture Trip has compiled a short list of the theatres you should check out for a memorable experience. From old-fashioned, open-air cinemas to indie movie theatres and mega cinema complexes, here are the top cinematic venues to visit in Athens.

1. Cine Thisio

Cinema, Movie Theater

Vasilios Koutroumanos
Courtesy of Ciné Thissio
Thanks to its mild climate, Athens used to be home to many outdoor cinemas during the 1960s. Today, around 70 are still open, with a favourite among locals and visitors being Cine Thisio, built in 1935. With a unique location facing the Acropolis, the cinema is a perfect venue where you can relax and watch a movie while sipping your favourite beverage in the cool summer breeze. And when the temperatures drop a bit too much before the annual closing, blankets are available.

3. Mikrokosmos

Cinema, Movie Theater

Cinema Mikrokosmos, Athina
Courtesy of Mikrokosmos Cinema
Mikrokosmos is a hybrid place that serves as a cinema and a bar. This one-screen movie theatre often hosts film festivals, tributes and other events, as well as a regular program of independent films, both Greek and international. But Mikrokosmos’ bonus point is its bar. Don’t expect the typical small concession cafeteria available in every cinema but rather a bar where you can have proper drinks. Indeed, you might forget all about that movie and simply mingle with the regulars at the bar.

5. Zefyros New Art Cinema

Cinema, Movie Theater

Zefyros open-air cinema
© Bart van Poll / Flickr
Zefyros New Art Cinema is an outdoor cinema where you shouldn’t expect any blockbusters. Rather, Zefyros is a hangout for cinephiles interested in classics, indie and art movies. Furthermore, Zefyros organises other cultural events you do not want to miss. After your movie, cross the street to eat at one of the two tavernas or end the night on a high note with a drink at Theio Thragi.

6. Village World Cinema at The Mall

Cinema, Movie Theater

If you are into multiplex cinemas, then Village World is for you. Of course, crowds pack the movie theatre during the weekends, so make sure you arrive early. At Village World Cinema, you get 14 rooms with Dolby surround sound systems, and three of them have 3D screens. Located near the Olympic Stadium in Maroussi, in northern Athens, the cinema is easily reachable by public transport and has a huge multi-level parking lot. But if you don’t feel like heading north to watch a flick, nothing to worry about – there are several Village Cinemas around Athens.
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