Photo: Thomas Gravanis

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

Up the stairs and into another world.

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Cine Dexameni

Cine Paris

We know, hard to focus on the movie with a view like this.

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

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

Cine Thision

Zefyros

Come early to get a good spot.

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Movies call for snacking.

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Vox

Riviera

The iconic Riviera is Athens' go-to summer cinema for classic flicks.

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A movie by the sea? Yes please.

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Cine Flisvos

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.

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

Factbox

  • Summer cinemas are open between May and late September (depending on the weather).
  • Most cinemas offer two screenings per night, one around 21:00, after sunset, and the second, around 23:00.
  • Films in Greece are never dubbed (with the exception of children’s films).
  • Smoking is usually allowed.