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11 tips for open air cinemas in Berlin

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Open-air cinema Sommerkino Kulturforum in Berlin
Open-air cinema Sommerkino Kulturforum © visitBerlin, Foto: Pierre Adenis

Finally, the time has come again: The season of open air cinemas has begun. In the open air during the Berlin summer you can once again see films on the big screen, laugh together, cry together and share in the excitement. In June, the Berlin International Film Festival will also take place as the Berlinale Summer Special, showing films on open-air stages all over the city.

Please follow the hygiene rules of the organizers so that nothing stands in the way of a great evening at the movies. It's best to reserve your tickets in advance, because seats are limited.

Extra Tip: Berlinale Summer Specials

The illuminated House of World Cultures as a venue at the Berlinale
The Berlinale at the House of World Cultures © KARSTEN THIELKER

After much trepidation, the time has come: The film festival Berlinale will take place and show its Summer Special with a selected program in open-air cinemas. The venues are spread all over the city, from Charlottenburg Palace to the open air cinema Friedrichshagen. As a special highlight, film screenings will also take place on Museum Island. Ticket sales begin on June 3. You can read our tips, reviews and stories from the festival on a daily basis here on the blog.

When: June 9 - 20
Where: various venues


Tip 1: Freiluftkino Kreuzberg

Freiluftkino Kreuzberg
© visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

A classic among Berlin's open-air cinemas. The Kreuzberg open-air cinema in the Kunstquartier Bethanien  shows films in the original with subtitles in digital projection. Selected arthouse films are shown, and from June 9 the cinema will be the venue for the Berlinale Summer Special. By the way, there are currently only online tickets available.

When: since May 20
Where: Kunstquartier Bethanien, Mariannenplatz 2, Kreuzberg

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Tip 2: Freiluftkino Friedrichshain

Freiluftkino Friedrichshain
© visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

The first films are sold out, no wonder, because the Freiluftkino Friedrichshain has put together an exciting selection of premieres of long-awaited films such as Another round and The United States vs. Billie Holiday, as well as successful arthouse films and Berlinale winners of recent years. You can then also see the current Berlinale films in the idyllically located cinema in the middle of the park.  

When: since May 21
Where: Landsberger Allee 15, Friedrichshain

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Tip 3: Freiluftkino Hasenheide

Cinema Berlin
Cinema Berlin © Getty Images, Bild: Tobias Weber / EyeEm

One of the popular classics of Berlin's open-air cinema landscape is the open-air cinema Hasenheide, cozily located in the middle of the park. In addition to Berlinale films, films of the fetsival Woche der Kritik and films from the previous season that were only shown briefly in the cinema will be screened in June.

When: from 31 May
Where: In the Hasenheide, Neukölln

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Tip 4: Arte Sommerkino Kulturforum

Open-air cinema Sommerkino Kulturforum in Berlin
Open-air cinema Sommerkino Kulturforum © visitBerlin, Foto: Pierre Adenis

The urban film pleasure: At the Kulturforum, you'll sit directly in front of the imposing backdrop of Potsdamer Platz between the Philharmonic Hall and the New National Gallery. On the huge screen you can see interesting films of the current and last season and in June also those of the Berlinale Summer Special.

When: from 1 June  
Where: Matthäikirchplatz 4/6, Tiergarten

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Tip 5: Freiluftkino Rehberge

Freiluftkino Rehberge
© visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Outside in the green, in the middle of the park and surrounded by trees lies the cozy amphitheater of the open-air cinema Rehberge. Before the Berlinale Summer Special starts, you can watch highlights of the last festival like No hard feelings (Futur Drei) or Never Rarely Sometimes Always. Again, only online tickets are available.

When: since May 21
Where: At the Volkspark Rehberge, Wedding

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Tip 6: Arte Sommerkino Schloss Charlottenburg

Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin
Charlottenburg Palace © visitBerlin, Foto: Mike Auerbach

Brand new! This year, the summer cinema in front of the beautiful Charlottenburg Palace celebrates its premiere. The Oscar-nominated film Another round in original version with subtitles kicks things off, then Berlinale films are shown here. A highlight is the comedy I'm no Angel with Mae West, the only film in the film festival's planned retrospective to be shown this year. The bar will provide popcorn, snacks and drinks for your movie night. Please reserve tickets online in advance.

When: from 8 June
Where: In front of Charlottenburg Palace, Charlottenburg

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Tip 7: Open Air Kino Mitte at Haus Schwarzenberg

Kinder in der Street Art Alley im Hof des Hauses Schwarzenberg
© Haus Schwarzenberg Innenhof Foto Jana Noritsch

You'll get the typical Berlin urban backyard feeling at Haus Schwarzenberg. The entrance and the first backyard alone are worth seeing, with lots of cool street art and the monster cabinet. In the backyard of Kino Central you can see art house films and great classics. For example, you can watch the Berlin movie Wings of Desire (Der Himmel über Berlin) directly under the Berlin sky.  

When: from 28 May
Where: at Haus Schwarzenberg, Rosenthaler Straße 39, Mitte

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Tip 8: Freiluftkino Biesdorfer Parkbühne

Schloss Biesdorf
© Fachbereich Kultur Marzahn-Hellersdorf, Foto Karin Scheel

The open air cinema Biesdorfer Parkbühne in Marzahn also participates in the Berlinale Summer Special and shows 12 films from four sections. On the Parkbühne in the idyllic park of the manor then follows from 21 June "10 Open air films that we have all missed". In addition, concerts of the festival "derArtiges" are planned for August.

When: from 9 June
Where: Nordpromenade 5, Marzahn

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Tip 9: Freiluftkino Friedrichshagen

© visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

In addition to the Berlinale programs, Kino Union Friedrichshagen shows highlights of recent years and films as well as current Oscar-nominated films. Concerts and live programs also take place there - and of course the comedy set in Köpenick Hai-Alarm im Müggelsee about a shark in lake Müggesee is not to be missed.

When: from June 1
Where: Behind the Kurpark 13, Köpenick


Tip 10: Open air cinema on the roof top of HKW

Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin
Haus der Kulturen der Welt © visitberlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

From the roof terrace at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt you have a great view over the Spree. This year it is also hosting a summer cinema for the Berlinale, featuring films from the Forum and Forum Expanded sections. So look forward to a challenging film program in front of a great backdrop.

When: from June 9
Where: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, Tiergarten

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Tip 11: Freilichtbühne Weißensee

Lido Weissensee with water fountain in Berlin
Lido Weissensee with water fountain in Berlin © visitberlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

Cinema with a lake view: Make yourself comfortable on the deck chairs and wooden benches and enjoy your cinema evening directly on the shore of the lake Weißensee. On the program are selected arthouse films, Berlinale entries in June and classics worth seeing from the GDR such as Berlin - Ecke Schönhauser and Das Kaninchen bin ich.

When: June 2 to July 25
Where: Große Seestraße 10, Weißensee

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Kristin: visitBerlin-Bloggerin unter


doesn't smile on fotos. But in real life she enjoys with a smile in her face Berlin's rich cultural life - the metropolis both in front of and behind the scenes. Her favourite season is the Berlinale, then she spends 10 days watching movies and writing about them in the blog.


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