Outdoor Movie Theater: Il Cinema in Piazza

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Summer 2020: Rome’s piazzas are once again transformed into movie theaters thanks to the Ragazzi del Cinema America

The outdoor movie theater Cinema In Piazza returns this summer, transforming Rome’s beautiful piazzas into open-air cinemas till August 30th.

This year’s objective is to oppose social distancing by maintaining physical distancing. The lockdown has created physical distances between people, but Cinema In Piazza believes it has also created social and empathic distances that could become irreversibile. A long summer is ahead of us, with many families that will be forced to stay in Rome for work and economic reasons. Cinema In Piazza wants to be there and transform their open air movie nights into opportunities for culture and social life to flourish once again.

So get ready! From July 3rd to August 30th, Rome’s piazzas are transformed into opportunities to rebuild community and experience intense civil and social value. The free outdoor movie festival, “Il Cinema in Piazza,” will return to Rome for its 6th 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.

But the 2020 edition of “Il Cinema in Piazza” will be a bit different from the others: being compliant to anti-covid measures is a priority for the organizers. For this reason, entry to the open-air theaters will be allowed only if you’ve reserved your seat on prenotaunposto.it, on which you’ll be able to reserve your “area” where you can bring your pillows , towels and seats brought directly from home. The three piazzas will have a total of three-thousand seats.

One hundred and four evenings with free admission in 60 days are in store, running till August 30th, of which twenty-six in the presence of guests, including six meetings with international guests. The sixth edition of “Il Cinema in Piazza” will also see the arrival of guests from Warsaw, Los Angeles, Paris, Hamburg and Berlin such as the Oscar winner Pawel Pawlikowski who will present “Cold War” , Tony Kaye director of “American History X”, actress Audrey Tautou with director and actor Mathieu Kassovitz for “The Fabulous World of Amélie” and “L’ordre et la morale” title never released in Italian theaters, to which they follow German directors Jan-Ole Gerster for “Oh Boy” and Dennis Gansel with “L’onda”. Together with Italian personalities such as Francesca Archibugi, Gianluca Arcopinto, Lello Arena, Claudio Bigagli, Francesco Bruni, Andrea Carpenzano, Daniele Cini, Stefano Cipani, Paola Cortellesi, Leonardo D’agostini, Diodato, Sabrina Ferilli, Agostino Ferrente, Fabrizio Fichera, Massimo Ghini , Matilde Gioli, Chiara Martegiani, Angela Massafra, Valerio Mastandrea, Giacomo Mazzariol, Valerio Mieli, Riccardo Milani, Giuliano Montaldo, Susanna Nicchiarelli, Riccardo Noury, Roy Paci, Rocco Papaleo, Francesco Piccolo, Isabella Ragonese, Paola Randi, Desideria Rayner, Michele Riondino, Marco Risi, Andrea Sartoretti, Giorgio Testi, Luca Vendruscolo, Carlo Verdone, Giovanni Veronesi, Carlo Virzì, Paolo Virzì, Francesco Zippel, Matteo Zuppi Bishop of Bologna.

All films will be shown in the original language, with Italian subtitles. 

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Outdoor Movie Theater in Rome: Il Cinema in Piazza Returns

Outdoor Movie Theater in Rome: Il Cinema in Piazza Returns

Cinema in Piazza is organized 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 suburbs” which seeks to uniquely “rebuild a sense of community, promoting a knowledge accessible to all with free and shared projections.” Additionally, Cinema In Piazza 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 In Piazza’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.”


July 3 – August 30


Piazza San Cosimato 

Porto Turistico di Roma Marina in Ostia 

Casale della Cervelletta in Tor Sapienza 

Movie screenings at 9.15pm

Free entry


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