The Amsterdam outdoor cinema 2017 season has started. Open air film screenings are more popular every 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. Even if the day has been beautiful, things can turn quite chilled after sunset. 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 those cases subtitling will be in English, as no one bothers to make Dutch subtitles for such a low numbered crowd.
Outdoor cinema in Amsterdam 2017
Idfa by Night, July 12 – 15
Every night from July 12 till 15 the square at the old warehouse along the IJ, Pakhuis de Zwijger, screens a documentary from the Dutch IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival). You can watch documentaries about emancipation, child marriage, neo-colonialism and music.
- Documentaries start at 22.00.
- Entrance is FREE
- Program by Idfa by Night
Holiday films at Buurtboerderij
The Buurtboerderij is one of Amsterdam’s hidden gems. Located just off the Westerpark in a haven of tranquility, this neigbourhood farms offers nice food and drinks for extremely little. In August they host some great films out doors. Theme this year is holiday!
- Entrance is free, donations very welcome
- Films start at 21.30 hours
- You may bring your own chair
- From 19.00 there is a 3-course dinner for €10, call to reserve: 020-3376820
Open air cinema program
- Thursday 17 august – SPRING BREAKERS
- Thursday 24 august – MOONRISE KINGDOM
- Thursday 31 augustus – FUNNY GAMES U.S.
- Thursday 7 september – Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN
Pllek, Films with a view August 2017
Watch Films with a view at Pllek, the large bar and beachy summertime hangout at NDSM. Films are only screened when the weather is nice. Films are on Tuesday, on Monday you can look on their Facebook page if it’s happening. You can reserve a seat for free by sending an email to email@example.com.
- Films start around sunset (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
- Facebook page of Pllek
Rooftop Movie Nights
The Ramada Hotel near Amsterdam Rembrandtpark has been screening films on their rooftop Floor 17 for a couple of years now. There is a beautiful view over the city.
- No need to bring a chair, there are some really comfy chairs at the hotel.
- Tickets are around 15 euros.
- Check program on rooftopmovienights.nl
Pluk de Nacht 2016, 16 – 26 August 2017
Pluk de Nacht is the oldest and one of the largest outdoor cinema festivals in Amsterdam. It’s been forever located at an old pier, the Stenen Hoofd, a very special location along the IJ-water with a great view over the water. Seated in lovely beach chairs, blankets provided and a good crowd, this open air film screening is a definite recommendation. There is always an interesting short film before the feature film. Afterwards, there are dj’s playing.
Pluk de Nacht open air film festival in Amsterdam is free, but because it gets so busy, you now have the opportunity to reserve a seat for the cost of a donation to this festival of volunteers.
- Films starts at 21.00 hrs
- Come early or book a seat via the website
- Programme Pluk de Nacht
- Admission is free of charge
Rooftop films @ NEMO Science Museum, 11 – 13 August
The rooftop of the Amsterdam NEMO Science Museum is great for a visit because of the beautiful view over Amsterdam. Entrance is always free. In summer, the roof is open every day until 21.00 hours and the bar is open. Thursday nights there is live music made by musicians of the Amsterdam conservatory.
From 11 – 13 August, there is also a open air cinema. Films start at 21.00, program is not yet known, but will be good because this Amsterdam open air cinema is hosted by cinema Kriterion. Program at website Kriterion.
World Cinema Open Air Amsterdam, August 17 -26, 2017
World Cinema is a film festival in Amsterdam that screens the best and most beautiful recent films from Latin America, Asia and Africa. Often the directors are present at the screening and interviewed after the film.
Some of the films are screened in open air. All open air films are free to watch, but donations are very welcome. Films start at 21.30, but be early cause the films are popular. In 2017 4 films are screened at 3 different locations.
Esteban, a Cuban film with English subtitles at Vondelpark: 12 august and 26 August at Marie Heinekenplein (De Pijp)
Newton, a film from India (in Hindi) with English subtitles: 11 August at Oosterpark (De Tropen Café), 18 August at Vondelpark, 24 august at Marie Heinekenplein.
Mawlana (The Preacher), a film from Egypt in Arabic with English subtitles: 19 August at Vondelpark and 25 August at Marie Heinekenplein.
Wallay from Burkina Faso with English subtitles (spoken in Dioula): 12 August in Oosterpark (De Tropen Café), 23 August: Marie Heinekenplein.
More information at World Cinema Open Air.
Rooftop Cinema Het Paviljoen 1 & 3 September
Amsterdam Art film house Cavia presents the free open air cinema Het Paviljoen. This year’s location is the new rooftop terrace of Grand Cafe Het Paviljoen, the heart of the Van Beuningenplein.
In the first weekend of September, Cavia and Het Paviljoen team up for two special screenings. Both films have English subtitles.
More info at Filmhuis Cavia.
- Friday 1 September: Spanish film Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios (Women on the verge of a nervous breakdown)
- Sunday 3 September: Surinamese classic Wan pipel.
On the roof, VU University September 5-8, 2017
From September 5 – 8, you can watch films on top of the roof the VU university. If the open air film is no good, you still have a great view. This year’s theme is Science for Sustainability All films are Engels subtitled.
- You can also enjoy food, a drink and a pre-show.
- Roof is open at 17.00 hours, film starts 21.00 hrs.
- Location: Vrije Universiteit, De Boelelaan 1105, main building, 16th floor.
- Programme and info on VU.nl
West Beach Filmfestival 14 – 24 August
West Beach Film Festival might be a little out of your way if you spend most of your time in Amsterdam in the centre of city. It’s located at Sloterplas, another beautiful and quiet location with views on a large recreational lake. This open air film festival is at the grounds of the Sloterparkbad swimming pool.
The open air cinema Amsterdam festival of West Beach are classics and new films. Before the films, shorts of film academy students are shown. Rain will not end the party, as the whole film setting can be moved into the swimming pool cafe.
- Entrance is free
- West Beach Filmfestival