When the heatwave returns with full force to the streets of Barcelona, we also see a return of traditional classics in the form of outdoor cinemas. These are similar to the indoor cinemas, but instead of looking up and seeing the roof, you see the stars in the cool summer evenings. Coming to an outdoor cinema is one of the favourite pastimes of local residents as well as the thousands of visitors who come here every year.
The sessions at Sala Montjuïc have always been pioneering. This open-air film festival is held in the gardens of Santa Eulàlia inside the castle. This classic cinema is on its fourteenth edition and has served as an inspiration to other sessions of the same type. The normal ticket costs 6.50 euros and sessions are held throughout the summer on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until 5th August. The projections are in original version and live music is offered before the film starts.
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One of the best places to see a movie outdoors is the arena de la playa. This is the 6th year that people have been watching movies on the beach. Initially, people were offered outdoor movies on the beaches of Sant Sebastià in El Prat, Badalona and Mataró. Admission is free and sessions take place on Thursdays and Sundays, until 7th August.
The Centro de Cultura Contemporánea de Barcelona (CCCB) in Pati de les Dones del museo del Raval also participates with projections, with the so-called Gàndules Festival. Tickets must be purchased in advance and before each screening, the short films that are awarded by the CCCB are shown.
The Baluard del Poble Espanyol Plaza Square also shows short film projections such as the movie Mecal Air. The outdoor screen shows the most important award-winning short films of the year. Prices are EUR 6.50 per entry and sessions are performed in different places. For example, from June to early September, the screenings take place on Sunday in Plaza del Baluard, while during the rest of September and October, the sessions are moved to Moritz Factory.
CosmoCaixa makes its own contribution to science-related films, which are offered in Original Version every Thursday in July and the first Thursday in August, at a price of 6 euros.
These are just some of the outdoor cinemas that offer a fresh experience for movie lovers. There are also the Cotxeres de Sants, Casa del Mig in Parque de la Espanya Industrial, and Casa del Rellotge, in the gardens of Can Farrero. These outdoor cinemas will definitely make you fall in love with Barcelona's starry nights.