A selection of the most beautiful open-air cinemas

BerlinApart from nightlife and gastronomy in Berlin, cinema is certainly one of the major victims of the pandemic. The film city of Berlin, which has always been very fond of its cinemas, has been recovering very slowly for only a year and a half, with no significant income or events.

Berlin’s open-air cinemas are a small consolation. Blues Brothers regularly sold out to many thousands.

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In the middle of Kreuzberg: open-air cinema in the garden of the Kunsthaus Bethanian.

While drive-in cinema now looks like a relic of the 20th century, Berlin’s open-air movie evenings are enjoying increasing popularity, thanks to the possibility of keeping your distance and getting in the fresh air. High culture venues such as Museum Island have long been open to open-air cinema fun and are part of festivals such as the Berlinale. Museum Island has already ended its cinema season under the stars, but there is still a great selection of open-air cinemas that show their shows well into September.

Highlight in the former Stasi headquarters

Those who prefer it easy on the weekend can watch “Ha-Alarm am Mügelsee” (the open-air cinema at the Friedrichshagen Nature Park) or perhaps “Godzilla vs. Kong” at the Rehberg open-air cinema. Of course, you can also go out and find an open-air screen in every part of the city to celebrate the return of normality, because when it comes to cinema outside, location matters as much as the movie itself. There is a small, non-representative selection of open-air cinemas here, a guaranteed atmosphere. And the weather should be hot again on the weekend too. Otherwise just pack a jacket and a blanket.

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A special highlight from this Saturday is the cinema at the former Stasi headquarters when the inner courtyard on the campus in Lichtenberg becomes an auditorium. For four weeks, the film festival always presents documentaries on Tuesdays at 7.30 pm and feature films on Thursdays and Saturdays. All works revolve around different perspectives on the history of the GDR. It begins with the feature film drama “And Towards the Future” (2019). Those who like their entertainment easy on the weekend can watch the “Ha-Alarm am Mügelsee” (open-air cinema at Friedrichshagen Nature Park) or perhaps the “Godzilla vs. Kong” fight at the Rehberg open-air cinema. Of course, you can just go out and find an open-air screen in almost every part of the city to celebrate the return of normalcy, because when you go to a cinema outside, the place matters just as much. The film is shown.


The film’s premiere at the Friedrichshain open-air cinema. Presenting the premiere of the movie “The world will be different”.

Below is a small, non-representative selection of open-air cinemas, guaranteed atmosphere. If you look up to the sky anxiously now, you need not worry, as the forecast predicts summer temperatures and no rainfall this weekend. However, carrying a jacket and blanket with you certainly can’t hurt.

Open-air cinema in Hasenheide

Cinema with a park atmosphere, lovingly restored, not far from Hasenschänke.

Saturday, August 7: “Der Rausch” (6.30pm), “Nomad” (9.30pm).

Hasenheide, Newcoln. freeluftkino-hasenheide.de

Friedrichshain Open-Air Cinema

One of the most beautiful theaters under the starry sky in the capital with around 1,800 seats.

Sunday, August 8: “Pink Wedding” (9 p.m.); Monday August 9: “2001: A Space Odyssey” (9 p.m.).

Open-air stage at Volkspark Friedrichshain. freeluftkino-berlin.de

Open-air cinema (until 4 September) at the former Stasi headquarters

Films on the history of the GDR are shown at the Democracy Campus. The film “And Facing the Future” will start at 7.30 pm on Saturday

Inner courtyard of Stasi Headquarters. Campus for Democracy, Ruschestraße 103. berlin.de . full program on

Kreuzberg Open-Air Cinema

A different film is shown in digital quality in the Garden of Bethany every day of the week. If you’re hungry, head first to the restaurant in Bethanian-Haus to eat with the famous Three Sisters. On Saturday there will be ten short films from Great Britain under the motto “British Shorts” (9 pm).

Kunstquartier Bethanien, Mariannenplatz, Kreuzberg. Entrance via Adalbertstrasse 73. Freiluftkino-kreuzberg.de

Arte Summer Cinema at the Kulturforum and Schloss Charlottenburg

You can hardly find a more beautiful setting for a movie night. The film “Ich bin Din Mensch” (Culturforum) will be shown on Saturday and “The Father” will be shown in front of Charlottenburg Palace on Sunday, August 8.

Sommerkino Culturaforum, Mathikirchplatz, Mitt. Summer Cinema at Charlottenburg Palace, Spandauer Dam 10-22. www.sommerkino.berlin

Rehberg Open-Air Cinema

There’s Ample Space: With 1,500 seats, the Rehberg open-air cinema is one of the largest in the city. There will be a “Godzilla vs Kong” match on Saturday at 9 p.m.

Windhooker Strasse at the corner of Petersalli, 13351 Berlin, Freiluftkino-rehberge.de


If you want to go on a trip to the cinema, Bad Saro is recommended from September 2 to September 5. The 9th International Film Festival “Film Without Borders” also shows films outside in the grounds of Eibenhof. Filmohnegrenzen.de . Information on

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