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Try Athens style summer cinema and Greek Street Food
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Athens is famous for its outdoor cinemas. It is a tradition that goes back to days when people would put their TV in the street so that everyone could watch it. Today the cinemas are in outdoor garden settings. These outdoor cinemas open especially for summer and usually have canteens that serve special snacks.
The experience is being replicated for us here in Melbourne at the Hellenic Museum which is housed in the Old Royal Mint. Hell, the building is so beautiful it used to also be the Registry Office and some of us were even married in there.
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The garden courtyard at the Hellenic Museum has been converted into an outdoor cinema. One of the many joys about Greek outdoor cinemas is the food. And renowned restaurateur Con Christopoulos has been asked to create dishes for a pop-up dining and bar to accompany the dusk screenings.
Christopoulos is well known for restaurants such as Neapoli, Siglo, Supper Club, and The European which have become Melbourne institutions.
Much of the menu is still under wraps but be assured that the flavours of the northern hemisphere are being translated for a Melbourne experience.
One thing that is known is that there will be παγωτ (ice-cream). Christopoulos says "I'm excited to be developing my first pop-up! True to the artistic location itself, we're designing ice-cream flavours, menus to evoke Summer time memories, and focusing on the cultural significance of Melbourne city." That seems a lot to put in an ice-cream cone.
The season runs from February 1 – March 1, 2014 and showcases a selection of award-winning films, golden era movies and two afternoon children's sessions. All films are in Greek but they are subtitled Below is the program:
Saturday 1 February, doors open 7pm: Koinonia, ora Miden (1966)
Film Noir. Famous Greek actor Nikos Kourkoulos. After an airline accident, an investigator meets the sole survivor and together they face threats and bribes in a brisk paced story of morals and money.
Saturday 8 February, doors open 7pm: The Red Lanterns (1963)
A much celebrated film a Cannes entry and an Academy Award nominee. Set in a shady neighbourhood of mostly prostitutes the film follows their story as gentrification changes a town. Stellar cast including Manos Katrakis, Giorgos Fountas and Tzeni Karezi.
Saturday 15 February, doors open 7pm: Madalena (1960)
Actress Aliki Viougiouklaki is a famed cinematic beauty. In this movie she plays Madalena who is left to care for her six younger siblings. With the aid of a priest she battles to continue her father's ferry operation. Beautiful scenes of the Greek Islands.
Saturday 22 February, doors open 4pm: The Little Runaways (1969)
Alexis decides to runaway from reform school, a young girl Maria harbours him and they sets out on all kinds of adventures.
Saturday 22 February, doors open 7pm: Girl in Black (1956)
Takes place on the Greek island of Hydra, where two Athenian visitors become involved in local feuds after one of them falls in love with a local girl. One of the first Greek films to achieve international recognition when it was granted a Golden Globe award.
Saturday 1 March, doors open 4pm: Peppermint (1999)
Coming of age story and children's classic. Wonderful tale of love and friendship.
Saturday 1 March, doors open 7pm: Blood on the Land (1966)
Greek drama directed by Vasilis Georgiadis. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. A tale of justice and morality.
All films have English subtitles. Doors open at 7pm, with pop-up dining and a fully licensed bar to escort you into dusk. Seating around 9pm, with the film to follow shortly after. Melbourne is known for its temperamental weather, so don't forget to rug up.
The Hellenic Museum reserves the right to cancel screenings because of bad weather.
Evening sessions are rated M, with afternoon sessions rated PG. Doors open at 7pm for pop-up dining and bar. Seating is around 9pm, with screenings to start shortly afterwards.
Tickets can be pre booked on eventbrite but will be available at the door if not sold out beforehand.
Melbourne, like Athens, seems to be developing its own summer tradition of outside cinemas. There is a great outdoor cinema at Gasworks while Southgate has an excellent line up of free movies at their outside in movie cinema. On Valentine's Day there is an outside showing of the classic Picnic at Hanging Rock. Click here. While Rochford Winery also has a great season of outdoor movies. Click here.
Hellenic Museum Website
This is the oldest outdoor movie theatre in Athens, built in 1935.