Free cinema by the sea in Barcelona

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Cinema Lliure
Free movies on the beach? That should make trip planning easy. Photo: UrbanrulesBCN02

Summer in Barcelona is amazing, but it can also be very difficult—if you’re an indecisive traveler. The city simply has too much to offer. Do you head straight for Barcelona’s beautiful beaches? Or do you take advantage of the many free summer activities the Catalan capital has to offer?

Luckily, Barcelona has an event that’s perfect for  wafflers, flip-floppers and decision-allergic among us.  The Cinema Lliure a la Platja is an annual summer film festival that shows movies right on the sand at La Barceloneta beach. It’s free to attend and open to all, from children to adults and even pets!

Beach-/movie-goers are treated to a short and feature-length film every Thursday evening. All shows start at 9 pm, but come early to get a square of sand to spread your picnic out on.  The screenings are very popular, and feature a nice line-up of creative films shown in their original language, with English subtitles.

The program this year began in July, but there are still three events left (including a screening of the American indie drama, Another Earth, on August 22nd). Check out the Cinema Lliure schedule to see what else will be playing.

To make your decision even easier, La Barceloneta beach is a metro ride and short walk away from the center. In fact, if you’re staying close by in the Born area you can walk to the event in 15 minutes.

Of course, if you’re looking for a more classic approach to catching a flick, there are several original version cinemas in Barcelona including Icaria (somewhat commercial) and Renoir (more indie).

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Regina W Bryan

About the author: Regina W.Bryan is a Barcelona-based freelance writer and photographer. When not eating tapas and exploring Europe, she is tending her balcony veggie garden and practicing Catalan. For more of her thoughts on Spain, check: and

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