Athens outdoor cinema nights under the stars
The biggest film celebration in Athens begins with more than 20 screenings around the city’s most beautiful spots, from June to September, with free entrance!
The Athens Open Air Film Festival takes place for the 5th year in a row, with more than 20 hand-picked projections in the capital’s most prominent neighborhoods, converting Athens into a luminous film oasis.
The curtain rises on June 17 with a unique event which combines the screening of an outstanding silent film, “The Cameraman”, by Buster Keaton accompanied by a live music performance and his orchestra, in a magical location: the Temple of Olympian Zeus!
From June to September, with the kind support of the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) for the 3rd year now, historical sites and gorgeous corners in Athens are transformed into open-air movie theaters with free entrance. Among these are: the Dionysiou Areopagitou pedestrian precinct, the Petralona Park, Plato’s Academy Park, Avdi Square, Drakopoulou Villa and some of the most beautiful Museums in Athens such as the Numismatic, the Byzantine and the Archaeological.
Added venues have been included in the festival this year at the Open Theater of Kolonos, the Benaki Museum and the Train at Rouf Theater. Other spots include the main open-air cinemas at Cine Dexameni, Cine Zefyros and Ellinis Cinemax.
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The program includes classical and influential cinema from America with films including Vincente Minelli’s “The Bad and the Beautiful”, Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Trouble With Harry”, John M. Stahl’s “Leave her to Heaven”, Jim Sharman’s “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” There will also be a special dedication to Greek cinema greats and a Francophone Day on Bastille Da on July 14.
Admission to all films is for free.
The Festival in numbers:
– more than 40.000 people have attended the various screenings and events
– more than 80 films have graced its line-up
– more than 35 venues have been transformed into open-air movie theatres