Going to the movies, that’s the choice of plan for a cold and rainy winter’s night? Not a bit of it! Summer is finally paying us a visit and while everything that is not nailed down moves out to the streets and parks of the capital, film lovers, too, are being drawn to the out-of-doors. What for? Berlin’s most beautiful open air cinemas of course! Imagine yourself sitting right in the city centre, but surrounded by the rustling sounds of the trees, enjoying a great movie in your beach chair under the star-spattered sky. Too good to be true? By no means. You’ll find both current blockbusters and classics from film history as well as sophisticated art house flickers in the large and small open air movie theatres of the capital, and a balmy summer’s night will be your cinema hall. Most of them opened their gates again last week, so it’s about time we introduce you to Berlin’s snuggest open air cinemas:
Berlin’s biggest, and definitely a beauty: radioeins Freiluftkino Friedrichshain beneath the rolling hills of Volkspark Friedrichshain is a grand amphitheatre surrounded by massive trees and offers space to up to 1,500 people. The bill contains a wide cross-section of the cinematographic landscape, covering nearly everything from famous Hollywood directors all the way to ambitious young filmmakers from countries you probably wouldn’t even find on a map. All films share a mutual quality of being ambitious, great works of cinema though, so they’re always worth a look. Looking for an experience that is even more special? Go see a real classic here – or did you ever share a moment of cheering Patrick Swayze on the screen while chanting as if it was the time of your life?
By the way, Freiluftkino Rehberge in Wedding on the other side of town has a similar vibe to it, so even though it is a 40 minute train ride there, it is worth the way.
| radioeins Freiluftkino Friedrichshain, in Volkspark Friedrichshain. Tickets: 7.- €. Full accessibility. Tram M10 to “Landsberger Allee/Petersburger Str.”, approx. 10 min. |
It’s one of the longest-running open air cinemas and it sure is charming: Freiluftkino Kreuzberg is located in the cozy atmosphere of Bethanien Art Centre’s backyard on Mariannenplatz in trendy Kreuzberg. What makes this place special is not only its choice of seats – the beach chairs are so comfy, you might have a hard time staying awake – but also the circumstance, that all films are being screened in original language with subtitles here. So it’s the perfect choice for international visitors. And even if you do understand German, dubbed versions of foreign films are something you can confidently miss out on. So get some popcorn and a cold beer and enjoy a perfect summer cinema night!
| Freiluftkino Kreuzberg, in Bethanien Art Centre, Mariannenplatz in Kreuzberg. Tickets: 7.- €. Full accessibility. U1 to “Görlitzer Bahnhof”, approx. 5 min. |
Insel at Cassiopeia
Cassiopeia is a popular nightclub on legendary RAW Area in Friedrichshain’s most creative neighbourhood, but four nights a week the summer garden turns into Open Air Cinema Insel at Cassiopeia. Surrounded by crumbling industrial ruins you can not only enjoy excellent drinks here but also a well-selected choice of popular movies from the last few years. And once the closing titles appear, you can dance the rest of the night away. Movie nights are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, but there is an additional program of special film nights on other weekdays. Anyway, this island in the ruins makes for the perfect ending of a fun day at RAW.
| Freiluftkino Insel at Cassiopeia, RAW-Area Friedrichshain. Tickets: 7.- €. Full Accessibility. 5 min by foot. |
Last but not least another park-based open air cinema, this time in the trendy-since-hipster borough Neukölln: Freiluftkino Hasenheide in the park by the same name has a similar amphitheatre setup but is not as big as the theatres in Friedrichshain or Rehberge. This summer movie theatre puts its focus a bit more on mainstream movies, often in original language (+ subtitles) though. No surprise they’ll open the season on May 25th with this year’s Oscars’ favorite “The Revenant”. Art house lovers however will also find some interesting dates in the bill, so there’s something for everyone here.
| Freiluftkino Hasenheide, in Volkspark Hasenheide. Tickets from 7.50 €. Full Accessibility. U1/U8 to “Hermannplatz”, approx. 15 min. |
You can find all programs as well as additional information on the websites of the open air theatres. There’s a number of smaller venues in addition to the ones mentioned above, like the more alternative Pompeji at Ostkreuz. Also, Yorck Cinema Group is planning an ostentatious summer cinema at Potsdamer Platz’ Kulturforum again that is due to open in late summer. Anyway, we from Industriepalast Hostel can’t wait to get another fantastic movie summer going under the open sky of a mild summer night.
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is Berliner by choice and a passionate backpacker himself. As a receptionist he knows the real hostel life; as a blogger he's been writing for Industriepalast Hostel's Berlin blog since 2014.