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Outdoor cinema theatre memories

July 29, 2009
The Riviera in Exarcheia before a summer showtime.

The Riviera in Exarcheia before a summer showtime.

Outdoor cinema theatres are a staple of an Athens summer. For over 100 years Greeks, and those expats among them, have flocked to these venues to relax and enjoy some cinema culture in the evenings — Brand new films from Greece, France and the US, popular films from the winter going for a second run.

Today there are still about 30 outdoor theatres in Athens, according to xpatathens.com.
 
The Athens News is working on a profile of some of the better known ones; The Riviera in Exchareia, Cine Paris in Plaka, Cine Psirri, the Aigli Cinema in the National Gardens and the Thissio Summer Theatre.
 
We need you, our loyal readers.
 
Do you have a fond memory from this summer rite-of-passage that you’d like to share? (PG ones, please…) Some insight into the role of these theatres now? Photographs of these venues from back in the day?
 
If so, shoot an e-mail to georgemesthos@gmail.com.
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Outdoor summer cinemas are a staple of the Athens summer experience. But audiences are spending less than years past. p/c George Mesthos

Outdoor summer cinemas are a staple of the Athens summer experience. But audiences are spending less than years past. p/c George Mesthos

Postscript:
So, I didn’t get any e-mails but this post, for some reason, was one of our more popular ones.
 
Clearly, we still need to boost blog traffic before we can use this as an effective paper-to-people tool.
 
Here is a link to my article: http://tinyurl.com/n5posk
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