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Open-air cinemas in Berlin: Where to watch this summer

One of the best ways to spend a summer evening in Berlin is at the open-air cinema, or Freiluftkino. Nothing beats a balmy evening under the stars in front of the latest blockbuster or cult classic – just don’t forget the mosquito repellent.

Here you will find the our list of the best Freiluftkinos and the links to their programs.

Freiluftkino Kreuzberg

Freiluftkino Kreuzberg. Photo: Robin Kirchner

Secluded in the courtyard of Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Freiluftkino Kreuzberg is one of the oldest open-air cinemas in Berlin. Most films are shown in OmU (Original mit Untertitel). You can choose to sit on your own blanket or in one of the comfortable garden chairs. The kiosk offers a solid selection of drinks and snacks ranging from classic popcorn to hearty meatballs.

  • Freiluftkino Kreuzberg Mariannenplatz, Kreuzberg, OmU or OmeU, Tickets from €8.50, more info here.

Freiluftkino Friedrichshain

Auch im Freiluftkino Friedrichshain findet dieses Jahr die Sommer-Berlinale statt. Foto: Imago/Pop-Eye
Freiluftkino Friedrichshain. Photo: Imago/Pop-Eye

Friedrichshain’s open-air cinema is located on the edge of the beautiful Volkspark Friedrichshain with its wide range of sports and cultural activities. Up to 1800 people can be seated here on the wooden benches (with backrests!). If you like, you can make yourself comfortable with apicnic basket on the lawn or take a seat at the tables in front of the screen. Induction loops are provided for the hearing impaired. Typically, the films run in German-language dubbed versions, but there are often original versions and English subtitles too.

  • Freiluftkino Friedrichshain Volkspark Friedrichshain, German dubbed, selected films in OmU, Tickets from €8.50, more info here

Open Air Kino Mitte

Photo: Kino Central

It’s often beautiful behind the pretty facades – and that’s why we’re so in love with the backyards in Berlin-Mitte. At Rosenthaler Straße 39, right next to Hackesche Höfe, you’ll find Kino Central, a wonderful little cinema that specializes in arthouse films, absolute classics, and occasionally premieres and special events. There is also an extensive program for students. Film screenings also take place outdoors here, but you should be quick with your ticket booking, because the Open Air Kino Mitte only has a few seats!

  • Open Air Kino Mitte Rosenthaler Straße 39, Mitte, OmU, Tel. 030/28 59 99 73, Tickets from €10, concession €9, with the Berlin-Pass or Gildepass further information here

Mobile Kino

Das Mobile Kino macht Halt an wechselnden Stopps, hier auf der Insel der Jugend. Foto: Joshua Dullroy for Mobile Kino
Photo: Joshua Dullroy for Mobile Kino

The Mobile Cinema is on the road again and shows films in the open air at changing locations. The program includes classics as well as preview screenings and short film programs. This year’s venues are once again the Kiezkino in Charlottenburg and the courtyard of the Alte Münze.

  • Mobile Kino Alte Münze, Am Molkenmarkt 2, Mitte, mostly OmU, Tickets and Program here
  • Mobile Kino S-Bahnhof Charlottenburg, Stuttgarter Platz, Charlottenburg

Freiluftkino Rehberge

Das kleine Freiluftkino im Volkspark Rehberge gilt nach wie vor als Open-Air-Geheimtipp. Foto: Robin Kirchner
Photo: Robin Kirchner

The open-air stage was built in the 1930s for the Nazi Thingbewegung, served as an open-air theater after the war and was eventually abandoned to vandalism. In 2008, a new operator took over the gem and extensively renovated it. The result can still be seen today: In the already very idyllic Volkspark Rehberge, there is a large open-air cinema whose diverse program ranges between independent films and major Hollywood flicks.

  • Freiluftkino Rehberge Volkspark Rehberge, Windhuker Straße/Petersallee, Wedding, mostly German dubs, often OmU, Tickets from €8.50, more info here

Freiluftkino Hasenheide

Das Programm des Freiluftkinos in der Hasenheide setzt sich aus neuen Produktionen und Klassikern zusammen. Foto: Aki Güldner

Current films are shown, but older productions are also common. This cinema benefited greatly from an improved sound system and a new stage, allowing the open-air cinema program can also take place during the day.

  • Freiluftkino Hasenheide Volkspark Hasenheide, Neukölln, OmU, german films often with deutsche OmeU / kids films with german dubs,more info here

Pompeji – Freiluftkino am Ostkreuz

Freiluftkino am Ostkreuz: Das Kino Pompeji. Foto: W. Gladow
Photo: W. Gladow

The open-air cinema Pompeii belongs to the future – a combination of cinema, event location, theater halls and beer garden. During the open-air season, sophisticated films are shown in their original version with German subtitles.

  • Pompeji – Freiluftkino am Ostkreuz Laskerstraße 5, Friedrichshain, OmU, sometimes german dubs, sometimes german dubs with English subtitles, Tickets from €6.50 / lengthy films are charged a surcharge: €1 – €1.50 , more information here.

Sommerkino auf dem Kulturforum

Freiluftkino mitten in Berlin: Auf dem Kulturforum genießt man in roten Liegestühlen Open-Air-Filmprogramm. Foto: Imago/Future Image
Photo: Imago/Future Image

Is there a better location for an outdoor cinema in Berlin? At the Kulturforum, you can enjoy a view of the skyline at Potsdamer Platz, the striking silhouette of the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, comfortable deck chairs and, of course, a view of the huge screen. Every year, the most best films of the past months are shown here, as well as classics in their original versions and previews, sometimes with the actors in attendance.

  • Sommerkino Kulturforum am Potsdamer Platz Matthäikirchplatz 4/6, Tiergarten, German dubs, and OmU, Tickets from €9, concession €8, more information here

Freiluftkino Friedrichshagen

Ein Foto aus dem vergangenen Jahr – Gedränge gibt es nicht mehr, aber ein gemütlicher Ort ist das Freiluftkino Friedrichshagen noch immer. Foto: Promo
Photo: Promo

Friedrichshagen is a perfect destination if you want to spend a day in the southeast at Müggelsee. And after the day on the water? An evening at the movies is our recommendation. The open-air cinema Friedrichshagen, which is part of the Union-Filmtheater, shows feature films as well as music films from time to time and offers cultural programs completely without a screen: concerts, readings, poetry slams and lectures also take place on the stage.

  • Freiluftkino Friedrichshagen Hinter dem Kurpark 13, Friedrichshagen, german dubs, DF, rarely original versions or OmU, Tickets from €8, program an d information here

Freilichtbühne Weißensee

Früher eine Bühne für Rock-Ikonen, heute ein lauschiger Veranstaltungsort mit Lesungen, Konzerten und Open-Air-Kino: die Freilichtbühne Weißensee Copyright: Imago/Scherf
Photo: Imago/Scherf

The days when international stars made guest appearances in Weißensee are long gone unfortunately, but there is still plenty going on! The program includes readings and small theater performances, especially for children. That said, there are also plenty of open-air movies. The open-air season in Weissensee in already well underway, showing not only recent films, but also classics.

  • Freilichtbühne Weißensee Große Seestraße 9, Weißensee, often OmU, on the weekend mostly German dubs,Tickets from €6.99 , more info here