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...