En Plein Air: A guide to Rome’s outdoor Cinemas

Rome’s outdoor Cinemas

MOONLIT MOVIE NIGHTS

Nothing says summer in the Eternal City like a movie under the stars (preferably with a gelato in hand). This month, piazzas, lush villas, and Rome’s only island transform into open-air cinemas, showing everything from classic flicks, to kid-friendly favorites, to new releases. Read on for our top picks of outdoor flicks in the city.

 

L’Isola del Cinema

Isola del cinemaTill September 3rd

Piazza S. Bartolomeo all’Isola, 21 (Isola Tiberina)

Films shown nightly.  Arena Groupama from 9:30pm; Lo Spazio Q8 from 10pm; Cinelab, 8:30pm and 10:30pm

                                                                             Entry fee: €4-€6. Free entry at Spazio Q8

                                                                                     isoladelcinema.com

Isola del Cinema’s annual film festival, dubbed Roma Città Creativa, will project a list of movies under a creative bunch of categories and in unique venues on Rome’s beautiful Tiber Island. Fuoco sul Reale will honor the art of documentary film; eight filmmakers will introduce their films in the same venue, both international and foreign; Concorso Mamma Roma will specialize in films featuring the neighborhoods of Rome and encourages film enthusiasts to pay tribute to the Eternal City; Isola Mondo will show foreign films and focuses specifically this year on Eastern countries; International Cinema covers the best international films of the last season in original language; and Italian Cinema, which features works by new and veteran Italian filmmakers.  Check out their website for more info.

 

Casa del Cinema

effetto notte Villa BorgheseTill September 6th

Largo Marcello Mastroianni,1 (Villa Borghese)

                    Films shown nightly, from 7:30pm onwards

                                                                                      Free entry

                                                                           casadelcinema.it

Under the towering pines of the Villa Borghese, Casa del Cinema will host outdoor film festival Effetto Notte, divided by theme. Semplicemente Steno includes 11 films by director Stefano Vanzina; British Pride is a selection of ‘90s films from Great Britain; L’Italia di Paolo Virzì demonstrates director Virzì’s vision of an ever-changing Italy; In Mare Aperto features movies that take place at sea; Buon Compleanno Lucky Red is an international lineup of films from the famous production company Lucky Red; and Roma: Una Notte all’Opera, brings us ten magnificent operas filmed on location in Rome.

 

Salotto Cinema

salotto cinema Ex Dogana

Till September 3rd

Ex Dogana – Via dello Scalo San Lorenzo, 4

                                                                                                                                                                  Films shown nightly (except Monday), 9pm and 11pm

                                                                                    Free entry

                                                                                           facebook.com/SalottoCinema/

A new space at Ex Dogana where you can sit back, relax and enjoy some great cinema. Make the most of the sofas and armchairs and chill with drinks, snacks and the best of contemporary cinema with special guests, workshops and aperitivi.

 

Festival Trastevere Rione del Cinema

Trastevere Film FestivalTill August 1st

Piazza San Cosimato

Films shown nightly, 9:15pm; Midnight’s silent horror films begin at 12am

                                                                                    Free entry

                                                                                            trasteverecinema.it

“A festival, a screen, and sixty nights of free cinema under the stars” is the no-frills description of Rome’s most-laid back movie series this summer. Hosted in the Trastevere’s Piazza San Cosimato, the festival’s third edition features everything from Disney and Pixar family favorites, to films by cinema greats Michelangelo Antonioni, David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick, and Asghar Farhadi, to horror films, and more. Directors and actors Carlo Verdone, Radu Mihăileanu, and more will present certain films. Movies are in original language with Italian subtitles. Kid-friendly films are dubbed in Italian.

 

Cityfest in Music

city fest at piazza vittorioJuly 22th– September 3th: Arena Forlanini

July 12th-26th: MAXXI

July 7th-September 10th: Piazza Vittorio

romacinemafest.it/cityfest

 

Organised by the Fondazione Cinema per Roma, Cityfest offers an array of cultural events across the capital, from film premieres to educational projects.

 

Cinecittà Film Festival

Cinecittà film festival

July 13th-16th

Parco degli Acquedotti

Via Lemonia

facebook.com/CINECITTAFILMFESTIVAL/

The Cinecittà Film Festival returns for its fourth edition, boasting everything froms, to documentaries, to animated features, to submissions from rising filmmakers. Inspired by Cinecittà studios, (where productions such as Gangs of New York and Ben-Hur were filmed) the festival aims to show films that often have a social or political relevance, stimulating debate and discussion among viewers. There’s also a space with round tables divided by theme, open for participants interested in further discussing the films. Directors Dario Argento and Ascanio Celestini, and more have lent their support to the festival.

 

Arene di Roma

arene-cinema-di-roma

This yearly film festival circulates through the city spaces, from the ancient mausoleum turned papal fortress of Castel Sant’Angelo to the LunEur amusement park, transforming them into open-air movie theaters. The 2017 lineup is composed of critically acclaimed La La Land, I, Daniel Blake and Bridge of Spies; as well as family friendly Zootropilis and of course, a solid line up of Italian picks too. Even more venues have been added this year, such as ARENA CASTEL SANT’ANGELO, (Giardini di Castel Sant’Angelo, Viale Cardinal dell’Acqua), LUNEUR PARK ARENA and a seaside screening in Anzio. Some favourites from last year will be making a reappearance including the Garbatella neighborhood (Piazza Benedetto Brin), CHIOSTRO SAN PIETRO IN VINCOLI (Via Eudossiana 18 Colosseo/Cavour), ARENA VILLA MEDICI (Viale Trinità dei Monti, 1)

arenediroma.com

 

ARENA SAN SABA

Piazza Remuria 8

9.15pm

Entry Fee 5 euro

 

ARENA BIBLIOTECHINA

Parco del Turismo – Viale Val Fiorita 10

9.15pm

Free entrance

 

ARENA GARBATELLA

Piazza Benedetto Brin

9.15pm

Entry Fee 5 euro

 

ARENA ON THE BEACH – ANZIO

Riviera Zanardelli 76

 

ARENA SAN PIETRO

Via Santa Maria alle Fornaci, 1

9:15pm

Entry Fee 5 euro

 

ARENA BONCOMPAGNI 

Via Boncompagni 22

 

LUNEUR PARK ARENA

Il Parco delle Meraviglie: Viale delle Tre Fontane 200
Luneur Park Arena: Viale dell’Industria 45

 

ARENA CHIOSTRO SAN PIETRO IN VINCOLI

Via Eudossiana 18 (Colosseo/Cavour)

9.15pm

Entry Fee 5 euro

 

ARENA CASTEL SANT’ANGELO

Giardini di Castel Sant’Angelo – Viale Cardinal dell’Acqua

 

ARENA DEL TRASPORTO

Via Bartolomeo Bossi, 7 (Piramide – Ostiense)

9pm

 

ARENA TRASTEVERE

Piazza San Cosimato

9.15pm

 

ARENA VILLA MEDICI

Accademia di Francia a Roma – Viale Trinità dei Monti, 1

9.30pm

Free entrance

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An American expat living in Rome, Alexandra is a regular contributor to Romeing and WHERE Rome Magazine. She also writes a column for TheAmericanMag.com called 2nd Generation.

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