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Summer cinema in the bastion of Bethlehem

An open cinema within the Venetian walls: our summer addiction

Every summer we eagerly wait for the summer film screenings of the Cinema Club of Heraklion. It is our summer addiction because it combines our favorite elements: cinema, stars, cheap tickets and an atmospheric place. Afterall, there aren't many cities that can 'brag' an open air cinema presenting world cinema films within a Venetian monument!

The open cinema is located in the southeastern bastion of Bethlehem on the Venetian walls of Heraklion, which are more and more used for 'cultural' purposes.  It first opened in the summer of 2007 and since then we enjoy old and new films from Greece and the world, as well as special tributes, short films from traveling festivals, ect. This year the ticket got even cheaper, only 3 euros!

there aren't many cities that can 'brag' an open air cinema presenting world cinema films within a Venetian monument!

Each film plays for 3 days and this year the program opened with the film 'Alps' by Giorgos Lanthimos (awarded with the Best Film Prize in the International Film Festival of Sidney). All films are screened in the original language with Greek subtitles. For our English speakers we suggest 'the children's hour' by William Wyler (30, 31 July and the 1st of August), 'Some like it hot' by Billy Wilder (16-17-18 August) , 'A streetcar named desire' by Elia Kazan (23-24-25 August), and “Gilda” by Charles Vidor (September 13-14-15). You can find the full program (in Greek) on the facebook page of the cinema club and the Summer Festival Program of the Municipality. Screenings start at 21.30.

Summer nights in the city equals screenings of favorite films - with the stars falling above our heads and the cool breeze blowing through the centuries-old stones of the Venetian walls!