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Current highlights from Barcelona's English-language cinema scene

Open-air cinema in Barcelona
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Open-air cinema in Barcelona

During the summer months, various spaces in Barcelona host outdoor film screenings, providing the perfect plan for enjoying the cooler evenings while watching great movies, both new and old. Here's a selection of what's being shown this year

Dunkirk
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Dunkirk

A powerful document of Britain's greatest military defeat, told in stark terms

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Rough Night
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Rough Night

This comedy about a hen party gone horribly wrong should have set its brilliant cast free

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
47 Metres Down
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47 Metres Down

Sharks circle two women trapped in an underwater cage in this enjoyably trashy thriller

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Wish Upon
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Wish Upon

Teens mess with fate and suffer the consequences in this horror flick with zero originality

Time Out says
  • 1 out of 5 stars
Cars 3
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Cars 3

Pixar's kid-friendly franchise offers up another mildly entertaining entry

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Their Finest
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Their Finest

Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy shine in a funny feminist WWII romcom

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Baby Driver
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Baby Driver

Director Edgar Wright takes the car-chase action film and weds it to a cracking jukebox playlist

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Original-language cinemas

Verdi HD
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Verdi HD

The five-screen Verdi and Verdi Park, its four-screen annexe on the next street, have transformed this corner of Gràcia with a diverse programme of independent, mainly European and Asian cinema. At peak times, chaos reigns; arrive early and make sure you don't confuse the line to enter for the line to buy tickets.

Renoir Floridablanca
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Renoir Floridablanca

Renoir-Floridablanca screens up to eight independent, offbeat American, British and Spanish films in original version per day, though note that programming tends towards the worthy.

Cinemes Maldà
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Cinemes Maldà

In its latest incarnation, the well-loved Cinema Maldà is now showing indie and arthouse films. Cinema in original version with subtitles.

Filmoteca de Catalunya
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Filmoteca de Catalunya

The government-funded Filmoteca is a little dry for some tastes, offering comprehensive seasons of cinema's more recondite auteurs alongside better-known classics. Overlapping cycles last two or three weeks, with each film screened at least twice at different times. Books of 10 and 50 tickets bring down the price per film to a negligible amount. The 'Filmo' also runs an excellent library of film-related books, videos and magazines.

Yelmo Cines Icaria
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Yelmo Cines Icaria

This vast multiplex has all the atmosphere of the near-empty mall that surrounds it. But what it lacks in charm, it makes up for in choice, with 15 screens offering blockbusters plus mainstream foreign and Spanish releases. Weekends are seat-specific, so queues tend to be slow-moving; it's worth booking your seat online before you go.

Phenomena
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Phenomena

The Phenomena cinema, which holds 415 film fans and has one of the biggest screens in all of Catalonia, boasts a latest-generation 4k projector, as well as 35 mm and 70 mm projectors as well as the best sound systems, including DTS, SDDS and the multidimensional Dolby Atmos. The cinema project, led by Nacho Cerdà, carries the philosophy that has characterized the Phenomena Experience screenings for the last four years: a programme that features cycles dedicated to big-name directors, kids' sessions, Grindhouse, re-releases, films that were before never released in Barcelona, the legendary double feature, and other surprises. It's a varied programme where you can enjoy classics of the silver screen as well as contemporary films that will show in dubbed versions and in their original language with Spanish subtitles.

Multicines Balmes
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Multicines Balmes

This cinema has 12 screens (two in 3-D) and specialises in commercial films in their original language with subtitles.

Verdi Park HD
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Verdi Park HD

The five-screen Verdi and Verdi Park, its four-screen annexe on the next street, have transformed this corner of Gràcia with a diverse programme of independent, mainly European and Asian cinema. At peak times, chaos reigns; arrive early and make sure you don't confuse the line to enter for the line to buy tickets.

Cinemes Texas
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Cinemes Texas

This cinema in Gràcia has four screens and shows a variety of films. The big draw for the locals is the subtitles are in Catalan. The big draw for everyone else is the films are in their original language, and some Catalan films even have English subtitles. And everyone is happy about the low price of €2 or €3. This is likely due to the films showing here slightly later than their premiere release date.

Cinemes Méliès
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Cinemes Méliès

This small, two-screen cinema is the nearest that Barcelona comes to an arthouse theatre, with an idiosyncratic roster of accessible classics alongside more recent films that aren't quite commercial enough for general release. This is the place to bone up on your Wilder, Antonioni, Hitchcock and others, with up to eight films per week.

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Our favourites

Prevenge
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Prevenge

You don’t need to have a warped sense of humour to enjoy writer-director Alice Lowe’s...

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
The Love Witch
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The Love Witch

Writer-director Anna Biller is clearly a fan of the powerful women in Russ Meyer’s...

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
In This Corner Of The World
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In This Corner Of The World

Despite its vibrant, fanciful animation style, this Japanese cartoon is far from...

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Colossal
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Colossal

Talk about a sledgehammer metaphor: when aimless party girl Gloria starts to slip...

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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