Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Open air cinema


It's the last day of June and my Greek sojourn is coming to an end. To celebrate what has been a most enjoyable and summery June, I thought I'd dedicate this post to the phenomenon of the open air cinema.

All over Greece, once summer comes and temperatures start rising (usually around the beginning of June), conventional cinemas close down and a number of open air cinemas start operating. These establishments are located in a courtyard or a rooftop, where punters can sit on director's chairs to watch films on a big screen - just like a regular cinema, minus the reclining chairs and roof! There are usually tables scattered amongst the chairs, and it's possible to eat and drink while watching the movie (you're able to smoke too, but maybe not after tomorrow as a country-wide smoking ban is coming into effect).

For me, open air cinemas are the biggest summer treat, as we don't have anything similar in England. Open air events don't quite agree with our weather...

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi all,

I can confirm that the experience of sitting and watching a film in the open air (in this case it was The Reader) with the sun setting to your left against the backdrop of the Acropolis is something you HAVE to do. It was so surreal!!

Sandi x

palmtreefanatic said...

That looks so neat!

Tinsie said...

@ Sandi: I'm really glad you enjoyed the open air cinema experience. We must do it again :-)

@ Palmtreefanatic: Indeed it is. I love it!

Kate said...

I have to agree, it's an amazing experience. We'll go when you come back.

Trotter said...

Hi Tinsie! Come on. You wanted open air cinemas in England, the country where summer was a Friday... ;)) Better, only in Iceland... ;))

Blogtrotter is anticipating the 4th of July fireworks; but in a different country... ;) Have a great weekend (or vacation, since you have that chance...)!

GMG said...

Sorry, a Thursday...

Shionge said...

That's so cool actually, whenever there is a special event, we have open air cinema in the park too and yes I agreed it could be very hot ya.

Mediterranean kiwi said...

enjoy it while you can
the climate does play a big role in people's lives after all

Per Stromsjo said...

I suppose you're right about your weather. Even the orthodox faction at Wimbledon have caved in and gotten themselves a roof these days! ;)

You have to tell us about how that nation-wide smoking ban works out in Greece.

Tinsie said...

I left Greece just as the ban came into force, so I've not really got much to say. Mostly it's been well received but there appear to be several hardcore smokers who are determined to defy it. The government are taking a lenient approach at the moment - whether this will change later on is anyone's guess!