Outdoor Movie Theater: Il Cinema in Piazza returns

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Rome’s piazzas are once again transformed into a movie theater

From June 1 – August 1, Rome’s piazzas are transformed into opportunities to rebuild community and experience intense civil and social value. Rome’s piazzas are once again being transformed into a movie theater, as the free outside movie festival, “Il Cinema in Piazza,” has returned to Rome for its 5th year. Just like last year, it will be hosted in three locations: Piazza San Cosimato, il Porto Turistico di Roma Marina in Ostia and Casale della Cervelletta in Tor Sapienza.

There are 62 movie nights, running from June 1 until August 1st, and 104 films being shown between the three locations on 12×8-meter large screens. All films will be shown in the original language, with Italian subtitles. There will also be 40 encounters with national and international guests such as Paola Cortellesi, Pierfrancesco Favino, Ennio Morricone, Giovanni Veronesi, Lina Wertmüller, Mathieu Kassovitz, Marco Bellocchio and more! Movies by Italian directors and filmmakers such as Federico Fellini and Matteo Garrone will be mixed in with those by Tim Burton and Quentin Tarantino. Disney and Pixar movies will also be shown for a more family-friendly atmosphere on certain nights.

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Outdoor Movie Theater in Rome: Il Cinema in Piazza Returns

Outdoor Movie Theater in Rome: Il Cinema in Piazza Returns

It is put on by “Piccolo Cinema America,” a group dedicated to promoting culture and film. They say the goal of “Il Cinema in Piazza” is in “the contemporary involvement of the center and the periphery” which seeks to uniquely “rebuild a sense of community, promoting a knowledge accessible to all with free and shared projections.” Additionally, Cinema America promotes the cultural importance of the event, saying “the projection does not end in the mere vision of the show, but becomes an experience of intense civil and social value.”

The event had previously been held in Piazza S. Cosimato under the name “Festival Trastevere Rione del Cinema,” but faced a dispute with Rome’s deputy mayor and culture councilor, Luca Bergamo. Instead of limiting the hours, like Bergamo wanted, the event grew after being supported by well-known figures in film, such as Martin Scorsese and “Pif” Pierfrancesco Diliberto.

Now, Cinema America’s project is continuing in an even more concrete direction, seeking to unite all of Rome through film by “connecting three nerve centers [in the city] through the construction of three contemporary arenas.”


Till August 1


Piazza San Cosimato (1 June – 1 August)

Porto Turistico di Roma Marina in Ostia (22 June – 27 July)

Casale della Cervelletta in Tor Sapienza (13 June – 28 July)

Movie screenings at 9.15pm

Free entry


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