Movie Theaters Under the Night Sky
Open-air movie theaters in Zurich

Open-Air Movie Theaters in Zurich

Watching movies outside in the open air is something of a tradition in Zurich.

Already back in 1932 there was a movie theater in Zurich (the Roxy, now the Metropol) whose roof could be opened in fine weather. And even though the Roxy with its sliding roof no longer exists in this form, this does not mean that Zurich and its inhabitants have to dispense with enjoying a movie outdoors under the stars.

These days, now and again movies are shown on large screens on many of the city’s squares in the hot months of the year. In addition, there are a number of open-air movie theaters that are frequented all summer long – on the lakeshore, by the river, or on a gravel area in the entertainment district. The program features anything from Hollywood blockbusters to black & white classics, to independent films from all over the world.


July 19 – August 19 on Lake Zurich

Allianz Cinema

This large, professionally-run lakeside movie theater can also look back on a long tradition. It mostly screens Hollywood blockbusters.
July 19 – August 30 on Lake Zurich

Film am See

The city’s oldest open-air movie theater is located under giant redwood trees between the shore of Lake Zurich and the Rote Fabrik cultural center.
September 7 – 23 in the National Museum Courtyard


The movie theater in the courtyard of the National Museum in central Zurich guarantees unforgettable cinematic evenings against a beautiful backdrop.

Multifaceted Zurich

Other stories you might like