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Open-air cinema: summer 2018
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Open-air cinema: summer 2018

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.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Cheesier than a barrel of feta, ‘Mamma Mia!’ returns but misses the magic of Meryl

Time Out says
2 out of 5 stars
Mary Shelley
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Mary Shelley

Haifaa al-Mansour sanitises and deadens a remarkable woman’s life in a bland lit-drama

Time Out says
2 out of 5 stars
Skyscraper
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Skyscraper

This Irwin Allen–lite disaster movie has the Rock, but not too much else going for it

Time Out says
2 out of 5 stars
Ocean’s 8
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Ocean’s 8

Follow this first-rate ensemble’s lead, slip into something fabulous and join the fun

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Whitney
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Whitney

Kevin Macdonald’s Whitney Houston doc is a visceral journey into the eye of a storm

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot
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Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot

Gus Van Sant's latest is a biopic of cartoonist John Callahan that doesn't hit as hard as it could

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
The Endless
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The Endless

This impressive indie brims with atmosphere and Lovecraftian weirdness

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
78/52
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78/52

A documentary deep dive into the famous 'Psycho' shower scene

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

78/52
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78/52

Ignore that atrocious title and go see this anyway: Alexandre O. Philippe’s close reading of...

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
McQueen
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McQueen

Alexander McQueen was fashion’s bad boy done good. Born Lee Alexander McQueen...

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Sweet Country
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Sweet Country

In the wake of Tarantino’s two acerbic westerns confronting the legacy of slavery...

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool
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Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

Kitchen sink meets Hollywood glamour in a soulful, real-life account of the relationship...

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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