The Five Best Film Events to Attend in the Open Air

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The best time and setting to enjoy movies is the summer nights in the open-air. Outdoor cinemas could operate anywhere, including an underpass, a palace garden, and a beach. From festivals to movie series being offered by cultural centers and arthouse cinemas, you will find outdoor cinemas in several shapes and forms.

From provocative documentaries to simple romantic-comedies, there is something on offer for everyone’s taste in the Netherlands. So if you are a film buff, head to these places on your tour Amsterdam program.

Pluk De Nacht

This is the biggest outdoor film festival, operating solely outdoors. It does not just focus on a single genre or style, but rather on a combination of anything from cult classics and rom-coms to independent documentaries and blockbuster action. Pluk de Nacht in Utrecht is over, but the one in Amsterdam will take place through August 25, 2019.


Ever since 2017, this event has been attracting people to watch movies under the metro named Kraaiennest. For three evenings, the usually mundane underpass of the Metro will turn into a living room setting, where hundreds can enjoy watching films together.

American Express Essentials voted Bijlmerbios a most special open-air cinema in the world. This year, you will find movies on the large screen on August 30 and 31 and September 01.

On the Roof Film Festival

Get to the top of the VU University building for watching movies at this festival. The university runs the festival in partnership with both the Rialto Cinema and Griffioen Cultural Center. From September 04 to 07, 2019, each movie will typically start at 08:45 pm, but its roof will open at 05:00 pm. So, you can go and eat some food, have a drink and take in the view well before the show starts.

West Beach Film Festival

This free open-air cinema festival shows movies for 11 days in a row in Nieuw-West. From September 12 to 22, 2019, you can enjoy one movie for free on the Sloterstrand waterfront.

In addition to movies, there are also bites from food trucks, activities for kids, and music. There is no need to reserve as people are seated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Metro Movies

This urban film festival will take place in locations around Amsterdam from September 20 to 22, 2019. The Gaasperdammer tunnel is the venue for “Metro Movies” this year. As traffic will go through this tunnel from 2020, now is the time to use it as a temporary venue for film screenings.

In addition to films to be projected on a large screen, there will also be music, art debates, and other crossover programs related to Amsterdam.

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