Cinema under the stars is a cherished Athenian institution during the steamy summer months. Every neighbourhood has at least one open-air movie house—some as old as the history of cinema itself.

By Carolina Doriti

Watch, don't touch.

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

Watching movies outdoors is one of our favourite pastimes. You can see why.

Courtesy: Aegli

Aegli

  1. 4 Vasilissis Olgas Avenue, Zappeion, 105 57
  2. +30 210 336 9300
  3. Website

Cine Dexameni

  1. Dexameni Square, Kolonaki, 106 75
  2. +30 210 362 3942

Up the stairs and into another world.

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

Anyone up for a movie with Plaka as a backdrop?

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Cine Paris

  1. 22 Kydathineon, Plaka, 105 58
  2. +30 210 322 2071
  3. Website

Cine Thision

  1. 7 Apostolou Pavlou, Thissio, 118 51
  2. +30 210 342 0864
  3. Website

Sunlight gives way to neon, inviting you in for a screening.

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

Come early to get a good spot.

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Zefyros

  1. 36 Troon, Petralona, 118 51
  2. +30 210 346 2677

Vox

Through the looking glass.

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

Boboniera

Open since: Nostalgic Boboniera opened in 1918 in the tree-lined suburb of Kifissia.

Why go: For an escape from the city-centre on sultry summer nights, when you can enjoy Kifissia’s cooler climes and experience one of Greece’s oldest—and unluckiest—cinemas. It was twice destroyed in fire, once in 1925 and again in 1928, but was refurbished both times. You can order pizza, too. 

Top tip: Boboniera has been declared a protected landmark, but was upgraded recently and the screen and sound quality is superb.

  1. 12 Papadiamanti, Kifisia, 145 62
  2. +30 210 801 9687

"Boboniera has been declared a protected landmark, but was upgraded recently and the screen and sound quality is superb."

A movie by the sea? Yes please.

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

Cine Flisvos

  1. Flisvos Park, Palio Faliro, 175 61
  2. +30 210 982 1256

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