Berlin – In addition to the nightlife and gastronomy in Berlin, the cinema is certainly one of the major victims of the pandemic. The film city of Berlin, which has always had great affection for its cinemas, is only recovering very slowly from a year and a half with no significant income or events.
The Berlin open-air cinemas are a small consolation. Blues Brothers’ with many thousands of people were regularly sold out.
While the drive-in cinema now looks like a relic from the 20th century, the Berlin open-air film evenings are enjoying growing popularity, also because of the possibility of keeping your distance and being in the fresh air. Places of high culture such as the Museum Island have long since opened up to cinema fun in the open air and are part of festivals such as the Berlinale. Museum Island has already ended its cinema season under the stars, but there is still a large selection of open-air cinemas that show their programs well into September.
Highlight in the former Stasi headquarters
Those who like it easier on the weekend can watch “Hai-Alarm am Müggelsee” (open-air cinema in the Friedrichshagen nature park) or maybe “Godzilla vs. Kong” in the Rehberge open-air cinema. Of course, you can also just go out and find a screen in the open air in every part of the city to celebrate the return of normality a little, because when it comes to the cinema outside, the place counts as much as the film. Here is a small, non-representative selection of open-air cinemas, atmosphere guaranteed. And the weather should also be summery again on the weekend. Otherwise just pack a jacket and a blanket.
A special highlight from this Saturday is the cinema in the former Stasi headquarters when the inner courtyard on the premises in Lichtenberg becomes an auditorium. For four weeks, the film festival presents documentaries on Tuesdays at 7.30 p.m. and feature films on Thursdays and Saturdays. All works revolve around different perspectives on the history of the GDR. The drama “And Towards the Future” (2019) marks the beginning. Those who like their entertainment easier on the weekend can watch “Hai-Alarm am Müggelsee” (open-air cinema in the Friedrichshagen nature park) or perhaps the fight “Godzilla vs. Kong” in the Rehberge open-air cinema. Of course you can just go out and find an open-air screen in almost every part of the city to celebrate the return of normalcy a little, because when you go to the cinema outside, the place counts as much as the film shown.
Below is a small, unrepresentative selection of open-air cinemas, atmosphere guaranteed. If you now look anxiously at the sky, you don’t have to worry, because the forecast predicts summer temperatures and no precipitation for this weekend. However, taking a jacket and a blanket with you certainly can’t hurt.
Open-air cinema in the Hasenheide
Cinema with a park atmosphere, not far from the Hasenschänke, lovingly restored.
Saturday, August 7th: “Der Rausch” (6.30pm), “Nomadland” (9.30pm).
Hasenheide, Neukölln. Freiluftkino-hasenheide.de
Friedrichshain open-air cinema
One of the most beautiful cinemas under the starry sky in the capital with around 1,800 seats.
Sunday, 8th August: “Pink Wedding” (9 pm); Monday August 9th: “2001: A Space Odyssey” (9 pm).
Open-air stage in the Volkspark Friedrichshain. Freiluftkino-berlin.de
Open-air cinema in the former Stasi headquarters (until September 4th)
Films on the history of the GDR are shown on the Democracy Campus. The film “And facing the future” kicks off on Saturday at 7.30 p.m.
Inner courtyard of the Stasi headquarters. Campus for Democracy, Ruschestraße 103. Complete program at berlin.de
Kreuzberg open-air cinema
Every day of the week a different film is shown in digital quality in the garden of Bethanien. If you are hungry, first go to the restaurant of the Bethanien-Haus to eat with the famous Three Sisters. On Saturday there will be ten short films from Great Britain under the motto “British Shorts” (9 pm).
Kunstquartier Bethanien, Mariannenplatz, Kreuzberg. Access via Adalbertstrasse 73. Freiluftkino-kreuzberg.de
Arte summer cinema in the Kulturforum and Schloss Charlottenburg
You will hardly find a more beautiful setting for a movie night. The film “Ich bin dein Mensch” (Kulturforum) will be shown on Saturday and “The Father” will be shown in front of Charlottenburg Palace on Sunday, August 8th.
Sommerkino Kulturforum, Matthäikirchplatz, Mitte. Summer cinema at Charlottenburg Palace, Spandauer Damm 10-22. www.sommerkino.berlin
Rehberge open-air cinema
There’s enough space: With 1,500 seats, the Rehberge open-air cinema is one of the largest in the city. On Saturday from 9 pm there will be the fight “Godzilla vs. Kong”.
Windhuker Strasse at the corner of Petersallee, 13351 Berlin, Freiluftkino-rehberge.de
If you want to go on a trip to the cinema, Bad Saarow is recommended from September 2nd to 5th. The 9th International Film Festival “Film without Borders” also shows films outdoors on the grounds of the Eibenhof. Information at filmohnegrenzen.de
This text appeared in the weekend edition of the Berliner Zeitung – every Saturday at the kiosk or here as a subscription.