Summer Outdoor Cinema Guide

Cinema under the stars

Everyone likes going to the movies, but even better when the cinema is in the open air, under the stars.  Kraków has no shortage of choices to enjoy outdoor cinema, during the long hot Summer days.  

To find out what’s on, check out some of the options below, which we have gathered together for you in this useful guide.

In a magical setting, under Wawel and by the River, screenings are held every Friday and Saturday evening during July and August.
 Powisle 11
 7/7 – 26/8/17
Programme & Information

LETNIE PROJEKTOR – (By the riverside)
This years letnie Projektor, has the theme  ‘Water’ which explains why various riverside locations have been chosen for the free screenings.  A joint venture by Stowarzyszenie Archipelagi Kultury and The US Consulate General in Kraków.
 Various riverside locations
 16/7, 23/7 & 30/7
Programme & Information

16/7/17 – Bulwar Kurlandzki (Grzegórzki)
23/7/17 – Yacht Klub Polski, os. Mogiła, Przystań nad Wisłą (Nowa Huta)
30/7/17 – Port Płaszów (od strony ul. Na Zakolu Wisły)

You can find more information, location maps, photos, programme details etc on their Facebook Page.
  Letni Projektor Facebook

Organised by Galeria Krakowska, with screenings in the square in front of the shopping centre and train station. With seats for 350 people, the programme includes cult movies, with comfortable chairs in a unique atmosphere. Admission is free.
You have an opportunity to vote for your favourite movie, chosen from a selected list, to be screened at a future date.  Visit the galeria Facebook Page to vote.
 plac Jana Nowaka-Jeziorański
 Every Saturday until 26th August
 Programme & Information

KINO LETNIE MNK (National Museum of Krakow)
Organised by the MNK, National Museum of Krakow, and held in the garden of the Pawilonu Józefa Czapskiego, a programme of films in cycles of biographies, and art.  Admission is free.
Józefa Czapskiego Pavillion, Pilsudskiego 12
 Every Saturday until end of September
  varies – 1945 – 2045
 Programme & Information

A series of movies under the theme ‘Wilderness’, brought to you by Laznia Nowa Theatre. Including pre-screening introductions, meetings and discussions.
 Zalew (Lagoon) Nowohucki, Krakow – Bulwarowa
 Sundays 16/7, 23/7, 30/7. 5/8, 13/8
  varies – 2100-2200
 Programme & Information

W mieście o mieście – Kino Plenerowe
A festival of film, in the popular and vibrant Dolnych Młynów, at Samoż.  films on the theme of ‘smart city’, with a special screening for cyclists.
  Samo Ż, ul. Dolnych Młynów 10
 Thursday 6/7, 3/8, 10/8, 17/8, 24/8

  varies – 2030
 Programme & Information

KINO NA TERRASIE (Cinema on the Roof Terrace)
As part of the 14th Summer film review,  (Wakacyjne Podróże Filmowe) Agrafka Cinema presents a series of films on the theme of holiday travel. Films are screened on the roof at Kino Agrafka, until 3rd September.  Tickets from 12zł.
  Cinema Agrafka, Krowoderska 8
 Various until 3rd Spetember.

  varies – 2030
 Programme & Information

Relax on a deckchair with a view of the Wisla, at one of Kraków’s coolest places, and enjoy outdoor cinema, at sunset, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday until the end of August. Free admission.
 FORUM Przestrzenie
 Various until 28th August.

  varies – ‘Sunset’
 Programme & Information

BALowe Kino Plenerowe (BAL Outdoor Cinema)
Bal in Zablocie also has a series of films in their summer garden. You can vote on the film to be shown on the Sunday screening at the BALowe Kino Plenerowe Facebook Group.  Free admission.
 BAL, Ślusarska 9, Zablocie.
 Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun until end of Sept.

 Programme & Information

As well as those main events, other smaller venues will be providing outdoor cinema for your enjoyment, just google Kino Letnie Kraków  (summer cinema) or Kino Plenerowe Kraków (outdoor cinema).

Keep in mind that ‘foreign’ films are often dubbed, where the dialogue is read out in Polish, over the film soundtrack, by a ‘Lector’, rather than having subtitles which are more common elsewhere.  Please check out the film language and if it is dubbed or subtitled, otherwise, non-Polish speakers may be in for a disappointment.  Unfortunately, whilst this information is mostly easy to find at regular cinemas, it was less obvious for most of the outdoor cinema listings.  Good Luck, and don’t forget the popcorn.

Why Dubbing? – Not sure if it’s true, but we’ve been lead to believe that the dubbing dates back to times when the authorities were more strict regarding censorship, and having a ‘lector’ allowed control over what was translated or dubbed.

Not sure why the dubbing continues today, however some people like the lectors and have their favourites, but personally we think the delivery of dialogue by a single person, loses much of the impact and nuances from the original soundtrack from the actors, especially in more dramatic or sensitive scenes. As well, of course as making it more difficult for non-Polish speakers to enjoy the movie!

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