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Mike Peckham
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 - posted December 14, 2004 02:45 PM      Profile for Mike Peckham   Email Mike Peckham   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
It seems to be a feature of Greece that they have many small open air cinemas that open up just for the summer months. They often seem to be very amateur affairs, cobbled together in what were probably peoples back gardens, with a large screen painted on a blank wall and a projection box looking a little like an oddly placed lighthouse.

One that I am very familiar with is on Mykonos, we tend to spend a couple of weeks on the Island most years and it has become our habit to check the programme quite early in the holiday so that we can plan our viewing.

It's one of those cinemas that makes you want to go and see a film even when there's really nothing on that you want to see. The seats are basically garden chairs and although they are arranged in a vaguely auditorium stile, patrons tend to re-arrange them into family groups. Whole families go, we went to see both Kill Bill and Kill Bill II this year and I was a little surprised to see children there from the very youngest right through to teens.

A ticket office is cobbled together by putting a garden chair next to the gate and I'm sure it is the projectionist who works the door!

The most charming thing about this little cinema is that the projector projects through a clearing in the trees and as the wind blows, you can see shadows of the branches on either edge of the screen!

As with everywhere in Greece, whilst you sit and watch the film the street cats come and wander around your feet hoping for a bite to eat and the whole atmosphere is one of marvelous congeliality, a little like showing a film to friends in your living room!

The open air cinema on Mykonos is probably my favorite cinema, except for my dining room of course [Big Grin]

Mike

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Tony Milman
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 - posted December 15, 2004 10:50 AM      Profile for Tony Milman   Author's Homepage   Email Tony Milman   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Mike, I think this topic is worthy of the main index.

My garden has played host to a film or two in the last year or so. One night I found an audience up in the gods....my neighbours were hanging out of the upstairs windows!

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Mike Peckham
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 - posted December 15, 2004 12:01 PM      Profile for Mike Peckham   Email Mike Peckham   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Tony,

I put on 'Little Shop of Horrors' in the garden this year on the balmy summer evening we had that Tuesday in July [Wink] . We also had neighbours hanging out of their bedroom windows looking down in amazement.

We met up with the same neighbours for drinks and pizza a couple of weeks ago and they mentioned our summer show and said they were fascinated by it but felt as though they were intruding, so we have agreed to have a formal showing next summer and make it a neighbourly affair with the obligitory beer and pizza.

That is of course if we have another balmy summer evening [Smile] .

Mike [Cool]

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Tony Milman
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Name the time and the place! [Wink]

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