The Amsterdam outdoor cinema 2018 season has started. Open air films are more popular every year in Amsterdam. More and more cafés and cinemas offer wide screen films in the streets, squares, parks and city beaches of Amsterdam. For open air cinema in Amsterdam, agreeable weather is a must, if not, watching a film in the outdoor can turn from a great night into torture. If blankets have not been provided by the organiser, you’d best bring your own.
Bring your own drinks?
Most places in Amsterdam don’t like it when you bring your own food and drinks to an open air film screening, but it’s not likely they will make a fuss. Remember, most Amsterdam film festivals are always free or cheap and many run by the aid of many volunteers and covering costs by selling food and drinks.
Films are usually foreign. If in English, subtitling will be in Dutch. If in other languages, check first if the subtitling is in English or Dutch. Many films at Amsterdam outdoor cinema events tend to be independent art house films or documentaries, in which case subtitling will be in English.
Open air films in Amsterdam 2018
Films with a view: Every Tuesday until 26 September 2018
Watch Films with a view at Pllek, the large bar and beachy summertime hangout at NDSM. Open air films are only screened when the weather is nice. Films are on Tuesday. On Monday you can check on their Facebook page if it’s happening. You can reserve a seat by sending an email to email@example.com.
- Films start around sunset (21.00 – 22.00)
- You can rent headphones for €5 from 20.30 onwards
- A team of editors choose the films, you can then vote which is shown first.
VU On the Roof Film Festival, 4 – 7 September 2018
On the roof of Amsterdam university and hospital VU, you can watch world cinema films 4 nights in a row. The film screenings are introduced or debated afterwards. Also there are performances, including a magician and a singer. There’s also food, in the same theme as the film.
At 5.30 pm, roof and bar open and food is served. At 7.00, the movie starts. In case of rain, the cinema moves indoors.
Open air film program
Tuesday 4 September: Sergio & Serguéi
Wednesday 5 September: I Dream in Another Language
Thursday 6 September: Supa Moda
Friday 7 September: Weldi
All films were shown previously the film festival World Cinema Amsterdam. Check the site for info about the films and the menu.
Movies at the Hermitage, 5 – 7 September 2018
The Hermitage is large museum along the Amstel river. Their inner court yard is used to screen films on 5, 7 and 7 September. The films are introduced by a curator, there are drinks and seats for around 500 people. Tickets can be bought online.
Metro Movies is a pop-up filmfestival at new tunnel in Amsterdam Southeast. The Gaasperdammertunnel will open in 2 years. September 2018, the tunnel will be used as a remarkable location for a film festival. On 14, 15 and 16 September there are many films to see, with introductions, debates and performances. There is also a food court and a bar. The events are all free! Check the Facebook event for details.
Friday 14 September
(Pre-program in Dutch)
21:00 – 23:00 High Rise (2015)
Saturday 15 September
16:00 – 18:00 Captain Fantastic (2016)
18:15 – 19:15 Short films
19:15 – 20:00 Presentatation/performance – Straight Outta Bijlmer by rapper Kiddo Cee
20:00 – 22:45 Straight Outta Compton (2015)
Sunday 16 September
13:30 – 15:35 Dheepan (2015)
16:00 – 18:30 Babel (2006)
18:45 – 19:30 Short films
20:00 – 22:45 Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
West Beach Filmfestival
West Beach Film Festival is an open air film festival located at the sand beach of Sloterplas, a beautiful and quiet location with views on a large recreational lake. You can bike there, or take a tram. On public transport, both trams 7 and 14 have their last stop nearby, also stop Röellstraat for tram 13 and bus 69.
The films are free, but not all films are in English and when it’s in Dutch or any other foreign language, it will not likely be subtitled. There is a bar and there are crêpes available, don’t bring your own food and drinks.
No pre-ticket sale. If it rains, there is a tent. Films start at 20.30. More info will be on Facebook.
Sunday 16 September – 15 year anniversary special
De wilde stad (documentary about Amsterdam wild life)
Monday 17 September – Brasil special
Bingo: O rei das manhas (Bingo; the king of the mornings)
Tuesday 18 September – Turkey special
Aile Arasinda (between family)
Wednesday 19 September
Symmetry & Loving Vincent
Thursday 20 September
Friday 21 September
Saturday 22 September
De Familie Slim