Open Air Cinemas In Athens

  • by XpatAthens
  • Tuesday, 07 June 2022
Open Air Cinemas In Athens

Nothing defines Greek summer as much as open-air cinemas do; in fact, almost every Athenian neighborhood has an outdoor cinema, or 'therinos' as they are called in Greek.

Some summer cinemas in Athens offer extraordinary views of the Acropolis; others are surrounded by fragrant gardens that fill the air with the sweet scent of jasmine and orange blossoms while others are right next to the sea.

The decades-old tradition of open-air cinemas is still alive and kicking, in fact, there are more than 60 outdoor cinemas in the Attica region alone. Open-air cinemas are a great summer outing for the young and old alike; there you'll sip on an ice-cold beer, enjoy an ice cream or snack and smoke a cigarette without being told off.

Interesting Facts
  • Movies are not dubbed and will be subtitled in Greek
  • There are usually two movie screenings, one at 21:00 and another at 23:00
  • It's best to purchase your tickets ~20 minutes ahead of time to avoid a long queue
  • Seats at open-air cinemas are not numbered, you can sit wherever you like
  • Most cinemas have a bar where you can order snacks and drinks
  • Most cinemas have intermissions

Iconic Open-Air Cinemas in Athens

Cine Thission

Cine Thission

This historic cinema was established in 1935 and has been in operation ever since. Much like Cine Paris it offers excellent views of the Acropolis.
Why We Like It: For homemade snacks and carefully selected drinks that are served at the bar.

7 Apostolou Pavlou, Thission
Telephone: 210 34 20 864

Cine Dexameni

Cine Dexameni

A favorite among locals, this cinema is located in the upscale area of Kolonaki and has been in operation for many years.
Why We Like It:
After the screening, you can enjoy a nightcap in one of the area's high-end bars.

Address: Platia Dexamenis, Kolonaki
Telephone: 210 36 23 942

Cine Aegli

Cine Aegli

Located inside the historic Zappion Garden, Aegli is the oldest summer cinema in Athens and has been in operation since 1903.
Why We Like It: Its old-world charm, verdant garden, and delicious snacks.

Address: Zappio Garden (entrance from Vas. Olgas Avenue)
Telephone: 210 33 69 300 (ext. 5)