Europe’s Most Glorious Outdoor Cinemas

Cineteca di Bologna, Bologna

Around 51 films are projected each summer under the open sky, on a huge screen in the city’s grandiose Piazza Maggiore, making it one of Europe’s most spectacular outdoor movie venues. Cineteca di Bologna’s collection includes everything from documentaries, fictions, and silent movies to carefully restored black-and-white classics and valuable recent productions.

The event is called Sotto le Stelle del Cinema and is part of Il Cinema Ritrovato, a long-established open-air film festival.

Sala Montjuic, Barcelona

Barcelonians welcome the summer with picnics, concerts, and some of the best movies of all time at Sala Montjuic, an open-air film festival held each year within the ancient walls of Montjuic Castle. Movies are shown on a large screen in the fortress’ gardens and are often accompanied by live music concerts.

If packing your own picnic seems too complicated, you can always grab an organic burger or a homemade cake from the onsite snack bar.