After months in lockdown, outdoor cinema is a breath of fresh air. Pack popcorn in your picnic and enjoy some socially distanced movies by moonlight to add some al fresco fun to your summer in Amsterdam.
Forest Film Festival
Set in the lush surrounds of Amsterdam Forest, the Amsterdamse Bostheater will play host to three themed movie nights. The exact titles are still in the works, but expect films that celebrate the great outdoors, like Captain Fantastic and The Biggest Little Farm. Order a picnic basket in advance so you can snack while you watch, then close out the evening with drinks and dancing.
22 August, 4-5 September | Forest Film Festival | cinetree.nl
West Beach Film Festival
There’s nothing like a lakeside setting to add some drama to your cinema experience. On the edge of Sloterplas in Nieuw West, Hotel Buiten hosts the West Beach Film Festival. Last year’s programme included live sets by some of Amsterdam’s best DJs and an eclectic mix of Dutch and English films, so there is sure to be something for everyone during these 11 evenings of free waterfront movie mania.
17 to 27 September | West Beach Film Festival | Noordzijde 41
Take a step back in time with a throwback classic: drive-in cinema. In a little taste of 1960s Americana, a few different organisations are screening movies in lots where you can park your slug bug and groove on some boss flicks. Can you dig it?
Rooftop Movie Night
Get closer to the stars with these showings of Hollywood favourites projected on rooftop terraces across Amsterdam. While Floor17 bar, perched atop Leonardo Hotel Amsterdam Rembrandtpark, is home base for these events, screenings may pop up at surprise elevated locations throughout the city, so keep an eye on their social media for updates. Each event promises tasty food, killer cocktails and crowd-pleasing movies, from romantic comedies and Disney classics to high-octane actions and sci-fi.
Summer weekends | Rooftop Movie Nights | rooftopmovienights.com
This three-night, open-air cinema festival in Zuidoost shows films that in some way relate to the local Bijlmer-neighborhood community. The movies are screened in the tunnel under the tracks of the 10-meter high Kraaiennest metro station, which has a thrumming and vibrant Amsterdam energy. Bring your own seats or show up early to snag a spot at one of the nearby restaurant terraces.
4-6 September | Bijlmerbios
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