The Amsterdam outdoor cinema 2016 season has started. Open air film screenings are more popular every in Amsterdam, more and more cafés and organisations 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..
Enjoy the film at the Amsterdam open air cinemas 2016!
Outdoor cinema in Amsterdam 2016
Idfa by Night, July 5 – 15
Every night from July 5 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
Cult films at DOK all summer
DOK, the new hangout in the old Western harbour screens open air films every Wednesday all summer long.
- Admission is free
- Bring your own chair and blanket
- During the day there are kids’ films
- Check Facebook page for program and times
Swimmingpool films @ Buurtboerderij
From July 21 you watch a hot swimming pool film every Thursday night at the Buurtboerderij, a great farm behind Westerpark. For only 10 euros you can first enjoy a great 3-course meal at 19.00 hrs. (only by reservation call020-3376820 ). Admission to the film is free, donations are very welcome. Films start at 21.30. Bring your own chair if possible.
Open air cinema program:
- July 21 – Sexy Beast
- July 28 – Swimming Pool
- August 4 – Rushmore
- August 11 – Leaving las Vegas
- August 18- The Graduate
- August 25 – La Piscine
Pllek, Films with a view from May – August
Watch Films with a view at Pllek, the large bar and beachy summertime hangout at NDSM. In colder days, the open air cinema of Pllek moves indoors. Though the restaurant is spacey, it does have its limits. You can reserve a seat for free by sending an email to email@example.com. In summery nights, the outdoor cinema moves outside.
Going places are special night where outdoor open air cinema is combined with music and food. It’s on a Friday, once every months (see flyer for details).
- Films start around sunset (22.00)
- Bring your own headphones or rent a pair at the spot for €5.
- Check out the agenda of Pllek for the films.
- Facebook page of Pllek
Rooftop Movie Nights
The Ramada Hotel near 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
Het Ketelhuis, August 6 – September 3
Het Ketelhuis is a small cinema located at the Westergasfabriek terrain. In August Het Ketelhuisscreens a movie outdoors at the park-side of the building. The bar is open, the movies are free. Films start when dark. No reservations, come early. Bar and meals available (budget friendly, good quality)
- July 30 – Sound of Noise (start films at 23.00 hrs, in Swedish!);
- August 6 – Johan Primero (Dutch, no subtitles);
- August 13 – Kill Bill Vol. 1;
- August 20 – Etre et avoir (French);
- August 27: In Bruges;
- September 3 – Happy Go-Lucky
Pluk de Nacht 2016, August
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
World Cinema Open Air Amsterdam August 18 -27
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. In 2016 the open air cinema of World Cinema Amsterdam takes place 4 times either at Vondelpark Open Air Theatre (August 5, 6, 12 and 13) and the Marie Heinekenplein (The Pijp) on August 24, 25, 26 and 27 of August).
- Films are: Blanka, Road to La Paz, The new classmate and The African doctor.
- These 4 films will also be screened at On the roof film festival (see next item)
- Entrance is free
- Check detailed program at WorldcinemaAmsterdam.nl
On the roof, VU University September 6-9
From September 6-9 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. The film festival of On the roof show the same films as the World Cinema Amsterdam film festival. Before the film starts, scientists and guest speakers discuss the films. All films are Engels subtitled.
This year’s theme is ‘giving trust’. All films portray dilemmas concerning integrity and how to give trust to others.
- You can also enjoy food, a drink and a pre-show.
- Roof is open at 17.00 hours, film starts 21.00 hrs.
- Check programming on Vu.nl
- Location: Vrije Universiteit, De Boelelaan 1105, main building, 16th floor.
- Programme and info on VU.nl
West Beach Filmfestival 2016, September 8, 9, 10
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