Category Archives: Cinemas across the world

Outdoor Cinemas in Berlin, Germany

We just visited Berlin for four days – and loved it! Many wonderful parks, active culture scene and of course the most important thing – lots of great beer! Everywhere! 🙂

To our surprise, we even found outdoor cinema (Open Air Cinema Hasenheide) inside one of the many parks that we visited. And as usual, we had to give it a try.

Theatre was located in Volkspark Hasenheide and the movie we saw was I Am Not Your Negro. Everything was excellent. Site was atmospheric, screen and image was good and you did not have to sit on the ground as there were seats build to the place.

There was also a bar.. although we brough our own cava wine with us.

We really felt being far away from Finland by just smelling the air (full of weed smoke).

On top of the bar was the projection room.

In conclusion, this was a very nice experience. Only one small thing bothered me: sound / volume was little too low and it was hard to understand the dialog. But we were sitting in the last row and that might have something to do with this minor complaint.

So once again a great outdoor movie experience! Highly recommended!

One more thing: After visiting this event, we found out there are even more outdoor cinemas in Berlin area. So if you have more time to spend there, you can enjoy not just one but many different cinemas under Berlin sky. This text is from Visit Berlin website:

Movies under the spangled sky

Cinema under starry skies is something Berlin delivers well during balmy summer nights. Open-Air Cinemas (called Freiluftkinos in German) are spread across the German capital in parks, old warehouses, and historic courtyards. Grab some popcorn and choose from romantic classics, thrillers, cult films, foreign language pickings, or art house cinema. Open Air Cinema Volkspark Friedrichshain is a Berliner favourite, while Open Air Cinema Kreuzberg presents a fantastic selection of original-version (non-dubbed) films. For cool art house flicks, the Open Air Cinema Hasenheide stands out from the crowd. For an atmospheric experience, head to the open air cinema at Potsdamer Platz, where Berlin’s glittering cityscape acts as backdrop.

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Helsinki Festival 2016: Stadin Stage

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This year Helsinki Festival is not offering Outdoor movies. Instead, they have very different art & entertainment shows through outdoor screen: Live music show, YouTube videos and ballet. All this for free. Now this is interesting!

Mark to calendar: 1st September, 2nd September and 3rd September 2016.

More information in Finnish: http://www.helsinginjuhlaviikot.fi/tapahtuma/stadin-stage/

 

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KinoKivinokka comes again

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KinoKivinokka is an outdoor movie screening in Helsinki, Finland. This year it will be arranged Saturday, August 20 at 2 PM – 11:59 PM. More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/197528490644012/

When KinoKivinokka was arranged first time (2013), we wrote about it and interviewed people behind it:

KinoKivinokka: Beach, Picnic, Movie!

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UPDATE: We went to see KinoKivinokka 2016, but there were way too many people! Too small beach for this big audience! Not good. Too bad as everything else was great. Nice evening and warm weather. Maybe next year we can take our own floating seats like these people did:

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Outdoor Movies in Chiang Dao

Our friend sent us this photo from Chiang Dao, Thailand. He said there is a real outdoor cinema with beer and live music too. We will report more about this later.

Update 6/2016: We went to Chiang Dao but as it was rainy season we found no outdoor movies there. So this cinema remains mystery to us. The photo looked like a lot of fun though. Maybe next time 🙂

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Cinema Lliure a la platja (Barcelona)

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Yesterday we visited this free outdoor cinema on the Barcelona beach. It was this summer’s last screening. Just before main feature, they showed Finnish short movie, Fasisti. It was very strange to watch movie on Barcelona beach with our own language! And what a coincidence!

Actually we did not even stay to see main movie because it had no subtitles and we were there just to see how this kind of beach movie consept would work. And again… it worked very well.

When we arrived, they were just setting the screen up.

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They used heavy sandbags to keep screen in place even if it would get windy.

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Screen was inflatable and as soon as the air went in, the screen came up.

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And we think it was great. Something similar to what Katusekino uses.

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Digital projector was huge. I did not get to see the brand or model. I noticed the tech guys had to change lamps to projector just when movie was supposed to start. Those things are not cheap I quess…

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Another technician with informative t-shirt 🙂

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Then the sunset came and movie was ready to begin…

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Only problem seemed to be bright streetlights that caused annoying glow to the screen. Other than that everything was ok. This was of course not as great as Sala MontjuĂŻc but still more than good enough for free movie on the beach. There was no bar but in Barcelona, you can buy anything from the many “beach shops”. And many people had their own cava bottles and other picnic stuff with them.

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Organizing team was very relaxed. They did their job, drank some beer while doing it and seemed to have fun just as the audience. There were no peace officers or anything. This always amazes us Finns 🙂

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More information about Cinema Lliure a la platja:

Web page: http://www.cinemalliure.com
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cinemalliure

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Linnanmäki Outdoor Cinema

Yesterday I went to Linnanmäki (amusement park in Helsinki, Finland). They had a free outdoor movie and of course I wanted to see how it was. I had big hopes for this one after seeing KinoKivinokka (Finland), Kino Engel Kesäkino (Finland), Helsinki Festival Movie Picnic (Finland), Espoo Ciné (Finland), Katusekino (Estonia) and Sala Montjuïc (Catalonia, Spain).

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Area for this movie happening was great.

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…But unfortunately Linnanmäki had set up a LED billboard for a screen. And this kind of screens are not made for movie watching! Led screens like this have really terrible pixel density. So the image looked like, you know… 8 bit video games or bad VHS tape. Big bright and colorful pixels. Sure it was interesting, but I do not think any movie director would like people to watch their movies like this.

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So I really could not stand the image for more than 15 minutes. Even if I sat in the last row. So I took some photos and left. I hope next year they will use proper film or digital projector for this event if they decide to do it again.

Thanks anyway Lintsi! Free outdoor movies are always welcome.


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Outdoor Movies in Linnanmäki – Helsinki, Finland

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Linnanmäki is an amusement park in Helsinki, Finland. They are showing outdoor movies in August and September. Here is their timetable:

23.8. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
30.8. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
6.9. Hupiklubin valinta (hupiklub chooses the movie later)
13.9. Funny Face (1957)

I will go and see that last movie (Funny Face) they show and report about the experience in this blog. It is nice to notice that outdoor movies are such a rising trend everywhere!

P.S. Kino Kivinokka is also presenting outdoor movie in August 30th. Read more about it in Facebook.

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Beach Cinema in Koh Phangan closed

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Some time ago I went to Charm Beach Resort in Koh Phangan and asked about their “Beach Cinema” event. They told me that they only had this event about 4 or 5 times before they had to bury the whole idea. They said that event was missing a “financial benefit”.

This makes me think what could have been done differently to make the event last…

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Espoo Ciné: Antti Näyhä Interviewed

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I interviewed Espoo Ciné technological cordinator Antti Näyhä in August 2013. I asked him some questions regarding Espoo Ciné outdoor movies. Here is the whole discussion in written form. Translation from Finnish to English is done by me so all the misspelling and bad english is to be blamed on me, not Antti 🙂 Continue reading Espoo Ciné: Antti Näyhä Interviewed

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Hot Tub Cinema in London

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It seems we were not the only ones who got the idea of watching film in hot tub. My friend send me a link to this page:
http://hottubcinema.com.

This would be very interesting to review, but unfortunately we are not traveling to London any time soon. But if anybody else is going please tell us how you liked it. This rooftop cinema is open from June to September.

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