Diners and outdoor theaters are two of the most iconic elements of 60s styled movies like Greased Lightning. Greased Lightning not only brought risky dance moves and tight leotard pants into style, but it also gave audiences a chance to experience the captivating atmosphere that went along with watching movies outdoors. Recently this pastime has been revived; people love the idea of making an event of going to watch a movie. Whether it’s a drive in theatre or simply throwing out a blanket under the stars, both are the perfect setting to enjoy a movie. Here are the ultimate movies to watch outdoors and where to watch them:
Cine Thission – Athens, Greece
Hidden in between manicured bushes at the foot of the Acropolis lies this stunning outdoor summer cinema. The cinema, which has brought movie lovers back every year since 1935, prides itself on selecting classic movies for people to sit back and appreciate. Audiences relax on picnic chairs, where they can select from an array of old school treats on sale.
With an ancient setting like this one, it’s best to enjoy a movie that complements its surroundings. For example Troy, featuring Brad Pitt, gives a brief history into the Trojan War. With romance, action and some Greek mythology, it will have you clenched to the edge of your seat. The background setting will make you feel as though you have gone back in time to experience this movie for yourself.
Cinespia – Hollywood Forever Cemetery, U.S.A.
This dreary setting might feel a bit odd at first, but while wondering around you realise this is the resting place of hundreds of famous directors and actors. The masses queue up with blankets and pillows in hand, to scatter themselves on the Fairbank lawns. The beauty lies in the fact that you can gaze up at the stars in the sky, on the screen and around you. The cinema is the ideal date location with young couples snuggling up and sharing passionate embraces for as far as the eye can see.
Movies old and new are projected onto a mausoleum wall every year. The cinema has become a sort of culture for Hollywood locals who enjoy the art of movie making and watching. The ideal movie to watch at this location would be Breakfast at Tiffany’s. This classic movie is the epitome of old school glamour, with Hollywood it girl of the 50s and 60s Audrey Hepburn taking to the screen. If you have never watched this movie before, there is no better place than at the Cinespia, with its old school charm.
Kensington Palace, Luna Cinemas – London, UK.
Luna Cinema is a pop up movie theatre that makes an appearance every summer. With a variety of different locations, the most popular one is definitely Kensington Palace. The royal atmosphere makes it almost impossible not to hold your pinkie up when sipping on a cup of tea. The backdrop of the palace is phenomenal, all lit up at night for movie screenings. Audiences seated on lawn chairs in the immaculate gardens bring picnic baskets filled with strawberries and champagne.
Enjoying an outdoor theatre in the UK would not be complete without showing one of the Jane Austin movies. Pride and Prejudice featuring Keira Knightley is a classic love story, and this royal and romantic setting could just as easily been the backdrop of the movie itself.
Author: Ashleigh Butterworth
Images courtesy of Cinespia Hollywood.