I know, I promised a post on fitness youtubers but I’m kinda lazy right now and still stunned by the experience I made in the Freiluftkino Kreuzberg, Berlin. It was super cool! And I thought I might just tell you about it; for those who are thinking about giving it a try and those who are new to Berlin. By the way, these are not photos made by me as I forgot my camera. Baka me, I know.
The Freiluftkino Kreuzberg opened in 1994 is one of the oldest open air cinemas in Berlin. It offers a multitude of things that absolutely sweeten the film experience. Regardless of the easy going atmosphere, there’s a huge lawn in front of the screen on which you may either lay on a blanket or sit in a comfy deckchair. Even if you’re preferring the old style chairs, there are around 1500 seats on benches.
Next to the lawn is a bar where you may buy some drinks – such as beer – and food. We didn’t get anything, so I cannot tell you anything about the prices or the quality, however, be prepared: the things are sure to be expensive!
Let’s move to the film experience itself. The projection technique and the sound have been great. It felt absolutely amazing being able to have that cinema experience outdoors while breathing fresh air. (Note: I even spotted some bats!) If I were to compare the quality of the film performance in a customary cinema with the one in Freiluftkino Kreuzberg, the latter would win.
We by the way watched “The Great Dictator” by Charlie Chaplin; a satirical classic of the Nazi dictatorship. I definitely recommend the film to you, it was hilarious, dramatic but also so inspiring and definitely entertaining. The film was first screened in October 1940 and deals with the impact of a Jewish barber – played by Charlie Chaplin – on the Nazi dictatorship of Adenoid Hynkel – “coincidentally” also starred by Charlie Chaplin – in Tomainia.
If you’re not a fan of old-school white-black classics, fear not: there’s a daily changing program that also includes highlights from the current cinema season. In fact, they even have some exotic and cultural movies from countries such as – but not limited to – Japan, Norway, Israel, Palestine or Spain. If possible the films are being presented in their original versions with german subtitles and vice versa.
If you’ve just decided to watch a film in the Freiluftkino Kreuzberg and even checked out how and when to arrive (Note: The address is: Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin. Descriptions can be found here.), here are just some cool tips from me I’d have loved to know before watching the film.
1. Get a blanket. I know, it’s summer. It’s warm & the blanket’s suffocating. That’s what you’re going to think the first 40′ but afterwards you’ll be extremely grateful ’cause – as everyone knows – the later it gets, the colder it’ll be. Our film started at 21:45 and ended around midnight; we were totally freezing throughout the second half of the movie. Blankets are offered for free at the bar (Note: Get them straight after you’ve bought the tickets. There’ll be no more during the film.) but you can also bring your own one.
2. Get a mosquito repellent. Fortunately, I wasn’t bitten but gosh, I’ve seen them around. It was probably due to the decreasing temperature but guys, summer’s arriving. It’s getting warmer and the greenhouse gas emissions are not shrinking. (Quite the opposite actually.) Note: I’ve just found one bite.
3. Don’t try to arrive 30′ earlier. Before visiting the Freiluftkino Kreuzberg, I’ve read some reviews on Yelp and other websites and some guys were recommending to arrive 30′ earlier as the tickets are supposed to be soon sold out. Turns out you don’t have to. We actually arrived quite late – at the start of the film -, just to realize that there are plenty of tickets left and that there’s also the around 15′ trailer advertisement.
Anyway, check them out! An open air cinema experience is definitely something not to miss this summer. Also, tell me: Have you ever been to an open air cinema before and what was it like? What are your recommendations to make this summer unforgettable? Or at least super awesome?