Thision Open Air Cinema
Cine Thision, on the Apostolos Pavlos pedestrianized road in the district with the same name, has the honor of being repeatedly listed among the ten best open air cinemas in the world, primarily thanks to its privileged location opposite the Acropolis. In fact, in 2012 CNN placed it at the top of the list, citing its unique view but also the wealth of the nibbles at its refreshment stand. This is not a place where you have to subsist on popcorn and tortilla chips with melted cheese!
As Thomas Maniakis (owner of the cinema since 1980 and a cinephil himself) proudly informs as, he modern digitalized film projector offers a faithful image and the advanced digital Dolby Surround sound system will satisfy even the most demanding spectator. Among other, non-cinematic attractions are wifi, comfortable seats with little tables in front of them, whose surfaces are covered with photos of famous movie stars, where you can rest your glass or food, and light blankets for cooler nights. As if this were not enough, pots of basil, mint and other aromatic herbs and sweet-scented flowering vines create a summery, nostalgic atmosphere.
The cinema’s snack bar is famous for its freshly baked cheese pies whose smells waft through the night air alluringly before the intermission, for its plate of light, homemade sour cherry spoon sweet, little baklava sweets from Ioannina, and tsipouro from the mountains of Central Greece, which goes perfectly with the (avgotaraho) bottarga – from the owner’s home town, Mesolonghi, for gourmets. On warm nights, an inspired drink devised by the owners with sour cherries and brown sugar, a homemade vissinada, is truly refreshing.
Among the first summer cinemas to open in spring, it’s open from April to October. Cine Thision shows first-run films as well as older classics and has exceptional special showings dedicated to top directors and actors.
For residents of Thision, nearby neighborhoods and indeed all of Athens, Cine Thision is indeed a paradise.