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Summer outdoor cinema in the South of France


Ciné Quartier Cannes @Ville de CannesOutdoor cinemas during the hot summer evenings are always a favourite, but this year it takes on even more importance as we are faced with reduced events and many of us are still not willing to step inside the closed space of a cinema room. A hard choice considering going to the movies is certainly one of many people’s favourite activities. After all, it’s relaxing all the while being a friendly outing. The majority of cities in the PACA region have taken note and our summer cinema options have multiplied! Here’s a list of local cities that are offering cinemas under the open sky, in full health safety. 

Aix-en-Provence: “Les instants d’été”

The program has been redesigned with regard to the confinement in mind. This summer it will focus on comedy and travel. The aim is to give the public a place to escape and laugh out loud after these troubling times. Short films, documentaries, fiction, animation... Les instants d'été program presents a wide selection of films borrowed from several film genres and running from the 50s to today. 

The festival is held in a unique place: the gardens of the Pavillon de Vendôme. The audience will be reduced to 100 people in order to allow for social distancing to be respected. Films start at nightfall and a deckchair will be provided to people with their reservation. It will therefore not be necessary to bring your own seat.

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Cannes: “Ciné Quartier 2020”

The program of the Ciné Quartier offers a rich amount of choices for free outdoor movies this year! Established in partnership with the Cannes Cinéma association, it allows you to discover or rediscover recent films that are popular with the general public. The screenings are held outdoors, without competing with local cinema owners (the films shown are not shown in cinemas), in a decor inspired by the "Cinéma de la Plage" which takes place during the Cannes Film Festival, with deckchairs and red carpet. 

This free entertainment is part of the municipality's desire to liven up the city for the benefit of the quality of life during these difficult times and the attractiveness of tourism. The theme of cinema is an essential element of the events policy deployed throughout the year and makes up the DNA of Cannes.

  • Every Thursday on the market square of Cannes-la-Bocca. 
  • Every Friday on the square in front of the Palais des Festivals and Congresses of Cannes.

Films are free, but space is limited so get there early!

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Mouans-Sartoux: “Cinéma plein air”

Every Monday evening, enjoy projections on a giant screen outside in the park of the Château.

Films start at 9.30 pm, the ticket office opens 30 minutes before. Single rate: 5€.

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Valbonne: “Cinéma plein air”

The outdoor cinema is held at the Pré de l'Hotel de Ville. Viewers are asked to bring their own chairs and blankets. Masks obligatory.

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Villefranche-sur-Mer: “Cinéma de plein air”

Held at the Théâtre de la Citadelle until 31 July. Films begin at 9:30 pm. Tickets 6€.

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Make sure to check your local town's Facebook page for local events. 


-Charlotte Gillet