Romance, nostalgia, terror… Watching a film outside the comfort of a regular cinema seat enhances emotions and provides a whole different experience.

Author: Kamila Beyssembaeva


Romance, nostalgia, terror… Watching a film outside the comfort of a regular cinema seat enhances emotions and provides a whole different experience. Outdoor cinemas first appeared about a century ago. The oldest one opened in 1916 and is still operating today in Broome, Australia, and American drive­-ins are envied worldwide for their vintage aesthetic. Whether you’re watching a movie from a car, on a rooftop or in a cemetery, the outdoors adds a unique charm to the classic movie experience.

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With several locations in London, New York City and Los Angeles (and plans to expand to Chicago), the Rooftop Cinema Club has become an essential player in the cinematic scene. Showing a mix of classics, cult films and recent releases, the RCC team has also carefully selected chefs and cocktail experts to satisfy all viewers’ needs during each screening. The venues are conveniently spread out in various neighborhoods and some regularly host musical and cultural events, too.

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A 19th­-century tobacco factory, La Friche in Marseille, France, became a creative space in the early 1990s. Besides offering a working environment for artists, La Friche fully blends in the local landscape with a restaurant, a library, a communal garden, venues for concerts and exhibitions and a rooftop cinema: Le Gyptis. Every Sunday in July and August, viewers can get comfy in a deck chair with their own picnic and enjoy a film for free.

Photography: Caroline Dutrey


A classic drive­-in theatre, Baltimore, Maryland’s Bengies opened in 1956 and claims to have the biggest outdoor screen in the USA, measuring 52 feet high and 120 feet wide — 6,240 square feet in total. With its vintage snack bar, Bengies combines charming, nostalgic aesthetics with a contemporary selection of films, making it perfect for Friday night plans.

Another American classic, and the oldest continually operating drive-in, Orefield, Pennsylvania’s Shankweiler’s happens to also be the second drive-in to open in the country. With a first projection in April 1934, the theater celebrates its 83rd consecutive season in 2016.

Photography: Michael Kilgore


Operating since 2012, Cinespia combines a great selection of classic and cult films, with pre-show DJs, themed photo booths and occasional visits by actors or filmmakers. Taking place in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, it’s particularly well-suited to horror films. Viewers are welcome to bring their own picnic, drinks and blankets.

Photography: Kelly Lee Barrett


Considered one of the most exciting British outdoor cinema experiences, the Nomad Cinema doesn’t disappoint. Just like a pop-up store, the Nomad team organizes film projections in various locations in and around London. Each location is inspired by the plot of the movie — so you’ll catch The Birds and Psycho in the Brompton Cemetery, or find The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou in the Hyde Park Lido.

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