Unfortunately, summer is slowly ending and the open-air cinema season in Berlin is also over. The summer 2013 was again a great success for Berlins open air cinemas: thousands of “Berliners” and tourists went there every day to watch movies in the special atmosphere out in the open.
Close to the Industriepalast, there is the open air cinema of the club “Cassiopeia”. Here, you can see a wide range of films – from young, European films and silent movies to documentaries and old film classics. After a relaxing evening in the cinema, you could go crazy dancing in the club Cassiopeia. Also not far away from us, there is the open air cinema “Freiluftkino Kreuzberg” which is part of the art project space “Kunstquartier Bethanien”. If you came early enough before the film started, you had the chance to grab one of the cozy deck chairs and a warm blanket and watch the movie enjoying a glass of wine, a beer or popcorn from the cinemas café. Apart from the summer months, the art space Bethanien is always an interesting place to visit: it regularly hosts art exhibitions and theater performances and the café/restaurant “3 Schwestern” (3 sisters) spoils guests with its yummy food and drinks.
A bit further away from the hostel, you find the open-air cinema „Freiluftkino Friedrichshain” in the district of Friedrichshain. It is placed in the beautiful park “Volkspark Friedrichshain” which is the oldest park of Berlin. The park alone is worth a visit as it has huge lawns, a volleyball court, a cute pond and a big open air cinema which attracts many guests every summer. From our hostel, you can take the tram M10 directly to the park and get there in about 15-20 minutes.
If you didn’t manage to go to one of Berlins open air cinemas this summer, you can definitely make up for it next year – the open air cinemas open every year to show new and old films. In the colder autumn- and winter months, there are many nice cinemas in Berlin – an ideal option for a grey and rainy day. Just two S-Bahn stops away from the hostel, there is the cinema “Cinestar” near the Treptower Park which is especially suited for bigger groups and school classes.
For those of you who prefer smaller, independent cinemas – there are many options to choose from in Berlin. At the Spreewaldplatz (20 minutes distance by foot), you find the small cinema „Eiszeit Kino“ and 10 minutes by Underground, there is the oldest cinema of Berlin: „Moviemento“. If you want to visit this small and cozy cinema, just take the Underground U1 and U8 and get off at Schönleinstraße.
As you can see, Berlin is a great destination for cinema lovers in summer and in winter. And if you are quick, you can still go to an open air cinema one last time.
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.