Summer Open-Air Cinemas in Barcelona

Have you ever watched a movie at the beach? Or in the gardens of a Castle up in a hill? Well, if you have not, then you can do it in Barcelona! In July and August, in the evenings you have Open-Air Cinema in Barceloneta Beach, in Montjuïc Castle and also in the patio of CCCB, a Contemporary Cultural Center in the city Old Town.

Sala Montjuïc

Open-Air Cin ema

Probably the most popular venue for Open-Air Cinema in Barcelona is Montjuïc Castle, which has become a great place to spend summer nights while watching some recent movies and also popular ones from past years. The movies are projected on a screen against the castle walls and people can sit or lay on the grass. The best plan is to gather some friends, bring some picnic, rent a lounger and enjoy the film and the evening breeze. However, Sala Montjuïc is not only about movies, this event has become more and more popular and, every night, the movie is preceded by a live concert of a local band. The screenings in Sala Montjuïc are on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until 7th of August. Check the program.

Cinema Lliure a la Platja

Cinema on the Beach

On Thursdays and Sundays, the beach is the place to enjoy Open-Air Cinema. On the sand, with the sea at the background, you can watch some of the most popular independent movies from this year. These are films that might not have been long on the theaters, so this is a second chance to watch them, and for free. At the beach there are no loungers or any other kind of seats, but you can always bring your folding chair from home, although the sand is neither a bad seat. For those who arrive early, there is also music and a short-film before the movie. All you need to know about Free Cinema on the Beach is on this link.

Gandules at CCCB


Gandules means Deck Chairs and that is what they offer at CCCB patio, in the city center. The venue is in a Cultural Center located in a restored old nunnery and it is one of the most beautiful buildings in the Raval neighborhood. Until 24th of August you can enjoy Open-Air movies every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. This summer, the screenings are dedicated to the theme of Love and you will find really alternative films in the program, some of them probably off the commercial movie theaters. The entrance is also for free but the number of decks chairs is limited, so you should be there at least one hour in advance if you want to get one. It is worth to do it, because the experience seated on the folding wooden chairs it is not as pleasant. Check the program. You’ll find an interesting offer.

All movies screened on these three festivals are Original Version Subtitled in Spanish and there are bars inside the venue where you can buy food and drinks. Make one of your nights in Barcelona different and mingle with the locals in one of the Open-Air Cinema events!


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