- Mirva Kemppainen
There are many ways of enjoying warm summer nights in Barcelona. One option is to take a look at the city’s open-air cinema selection and take part in a concept that combines culture and a community of like-minded people. Open-air cinema offers an alternative way of experiencing the moving picture on a big screen without having to sit in the darkness of a movie theater on a beautiful summer night.
Sala MontjuÏc open-air film festival is held at the Montjuïc castle. This summer’s selection consists of known films from classics to recent Oscar nominees, thus offering something for everyone. Before the show commences on the screen, Montjuïc offers a concert where local bands perform their music to the cinema guests, creating a unique mood for each film. As an appetizer for the actual film the audience sees a short film where the content is rather surprising and the situation unusual. The beautiful surroundings, relaxed atmosphere and darkening night add a magical touch to the evening, providing a unique experience to those who have made it to the show. The Guardian has rated this open-air cinema among Europe’s top ten, where it holds first place. However, be aware that the event lures many people so make sure to arrive early or buy your ticket in advance. Tickets cost six euros and can be purchased from Sala Montjuïc’s website.
Sala Montjuïc, Ctra. de Montjuïc, 66, Barcelona, Spain, +34 933 02 35 53
If you are scared of heights or otherwise missed Montjuïc this summer, an alternative option is to head to the beach of Barceloneta and enjoy open-air cinema at Cinema Lliure by the beach of Sant Sebastià. What makes this cinema experience so special is the opportunity to see Barcelona’s beautiful sunset while enjoying the film. With fresh sea air, a pink sky, and people sitting on the sand sipping drinks, you can only lay back and wish the summer would never end. The program at Cinema Lliure is alternative, featuring independent movie makers and thus offering something interesting for indie film fans. The shows at Sant Sebastià are free of charge so it is easy to drop by on your evening walk, and if you don’t happen to like the film, simply return the beach. The show commences at 9pm and takes place on Thursdays and Sundays until August 16th, 2015, so you still have time to have at least one unforgettable summer evening on the beach.
Cinema Lliure, Platja de Sant Sebastià, Barcelona, Spain, +34 932 070 834
Puttanesca! At Plaça Salvador Segui
While MontjuÏc’s and Barceloneta’s open-air cinemas are the most popular, Barcelona also offers other options to catch a movie while staying outdoors. Plaça Salvador Segui in multicultural Raval hosts an event called Puttanesca! The theme this year is architecture and cinema. The films are free of charge and run throughout August every Sunday starting at 10pm.
Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB)
Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) shows films in its courtyard. This is a charming setting for a movie night amidst the museum’s buildings while breathing fresh air under the stars. The films CCCB presents this year in a cycle called Gandules are dedicated to the theme of love in all its different forms. The movies are non-mainstream, yet deep and thought-provoking, as to be expected from the center of contemporary culture. The films are playing throughout the month of August free of charge and the shows begin at 10pm. To view the program, visit here.
CCCB, Montalegre, 5, Barcelona, Spain, +34 933 06 41 00