A good option for this summer, if you are going to stay in the city of Cordoba and you are a film lover, is to see the range of summer cinemas that the city offers to spend a pleasant time with your friends, family or even on your own, since the important thing is a good atmosphere and a good film. In this article you will find all the information about summer cinema in Cordoba, both in the capital and its outskirts.
There is nothing more summery than buying some good popcorn, food, refreshing drinks and sitting outside to watch a film. In Cordoba you can find squares, terraces, cultural centres and even open spaces to watch the film in the car, in true American movie style. There were 54 summer cinemas in the 50’s and 60’s, 4 of which are currently located in the historic centre of the city and the other in the bullring. Summer cinemas are usually set up in the open air, in old orchards or on the large terraces of neighbouring houses, where relatives and neighbours gather on long, hot summer evenings. The ample space and vegetation of these cinemas provide a little respite for those who decide to watch films on these evenings.
The film listings that can be found in these cinemas are enormous, if one day you don’t like the genre of the film you don’t have to worry, the next day you are sure to find one that you love or that catches your attention, and so on throughout the summer from the 1st of July until September.
Going back in history and in order to get to know our spaces and customs, you should know that the summer cinema is a phenomenon that came to Cordoba from other cities. The first recorded documentary was in 1923, and its names are the following: Cine Ideal Cinema, Cine Parque Recreativo, Cine Victoria and Cine Salón San Lorenzo. It was the inauguration of the Cine Coliseo San Andrés in 1935, followed by Cine Fuenseca. (1943) and (1945) Cines Delicias became popular here and spread throughout the historic centre of the city in the following decades, being among the oldest in Spain. Cordoba is the Andalusian city with the most summer cinemas in operation since at least 1923.
In the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, the summer cinema became one of the favourite customs of the Cordobeses, especially missed by the descendants born during those decades. For this reason, it is one of the most attractive traditions and forms of entertainment to be found in the province of Cordoba.
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Each of the summer cinemas offers its own bar service with cold drinks, hot sandwiches of pork loin, omelette, chicken breast, hot dogs, hamburgers… Individuals or families can bring their own food from home, although limits are imposed. The entrepreneurs and workers in charge of these spaces state that it is often not worth stopping to prepare something at home or to buy in nearby establishments as the prices they offer for sandwiches and cold drinks are not higher than those of any bar that provides these services, the prices are quite affordable and it is more convenient to get the food there, making this a summer cinema experience of its own.
Cordoba’s four summer cinemas have a total of approximately 2500 seats. There are daily screenings from summer until mid-September, and if the time of the film permits, there are usually two screenings.
But in Cordoba, summer is something you have to live and feel in every aspect, that’s why we offer you the possibility to book with us a free evening tour to get to know our streets better.
The programme is very diverse, because it is designed for different audiences: families, premieres and revivals of the most important films of the season; filmmakers looking for director’s films that have won awards at film festivals; except for commercials for heterogeneous audiences (including film classics and comedy), this type of film is especially attractive for summer audiences.
The night of the film is almost idyllic, surrounded by oranges, lemons and aromatic plants typical of Cordoba, such as the lady of the night and jasmine. The natural spices of these plants make the experience of a summer film even more delicious.
In addition, “the ground is like soil and is watered every evening before the performance, which means that the temperature is 4-5 degrees lower than outside.
There is no need to fear the current situation in the face of the COVID-19 crisis, as the health measures taken to ensure maximum safety include keeping the greatest possible distance between spectators, the availability of hydroalcoholic gel at the entrance to the venue and the disinfection of the venue before each session, with access with a mask obviously being compulsory.
The locations where you can find a summer cinema in the city of Cordoba are the following:
H3 Cine Fuenseca (Plaza de la Fuenseca, 1)
H3 Coliseo San Andrés (C/ Fernán Pérez de Oliva, 6)
H3 Olimpia Cinema (C/ Zarco, 14)
H3 Delicias Cinema (C/ Frailes, 10)
H3 Plaza de Toros (Avda. Gran Vía Parque, s/n)
The times when you can visit these activities are from 22:15 to 00:15, always extending this time due to the dependence of the film.
The entrance fee is 3,50 EUR from Monday to Thursday and 4,00 EUR on Fridays and weekends.´
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