Cinema Under the Stars in Berlin

I love going to the movies. And if the location is interesting, I love it even more. Which is why I loved last night a lot.

Despite a heat-stroke peppered day, I decided to finish out my trip to Berlin with a visit to the open-air cinema Freiluftkino Kreuzberg to see The Lives of Others under the stars.

Could there be a better movie-going experience than sitting outside on a deck chair on a warm spring night drinking beer and eating popcorn watching a movie about 1984 East Berlin just a few blocks from where the Berlin Wall once stood? (The answer is no).

The setup is amazing: the screen, which is enormous, sits in the middle of a courtyard lined with trees and is fronted by a large grassy space. There’s a pile of deck chairs by the entrance; you pick one up on your way in. There’s a concession that serving sodas, beer, popcorn and other snacks. The projector sits in the window on the 4th floor of a window of a neighbouring building. The picture quality is excellent.

Beer and Popcorn at the Movies

Freiluftkino Kreuzberg Audience

Freiluftkino Kreuzberg Screen

Oh, and the movie itself was pretty good too.

And long. By the time it let out it was after midnight, and by the time I caught the U-Bahn and tram back to my hotel it was after 1:00 p.m. But any tiredness I feel on my long journey back to Canada today as a result (note to self) will be more than worth it. If you’re in Berlin in the summer I can’t think of a better way to spent an evening.


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Ann on June 7, 2007 - 17:21 Permalink

How does it compare to the summer outdoor movies in Charlottetown?

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Kevin on June 7, 2007 - 19:14 Permalink

As an iceschnellaufer (sp?) I stayed a month in Berlin and saw a movie down at a museum near Checkpoint Charlie — all in German. I felt I missed a lot. How’s your German, or did they accommodate in English?

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Kevin on June 7, 2007 - 19:18 Permalink


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Peter Rukavina on June 7, 2007 - 21:20 Permalink

The outdoor movies in Charlottetown, while a laudable effort, are dismal by compare. Projected digital video can’t compare to a real live 35mm film projector. The Brutalist Confederation Centre plaza cannot compare to the green grass. And there’s no beer in Charlottetown.

I wonder if movies in Victoria Park would work? The bugs would be a problem. And the militant “thou shall only stroll herein” folks would mount a campaign.

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florian on June 8, 2007 - 11:34 Permalink

hi peter!
i am florian, one of the plazes developers. reading your blog and watching your flickr-pictures, it looks like you had a great time here in berlin!

and yes, freiluftkino kreuzberg is really fun. i like it a lot, too ;)

cheers, florian