Summer Bucket List: 7 Best Places in the World to See Outdoor Movies

See if there's one in your town — or someplace fab where you're headed.

Summer is in full swing so why not kick up your alfresco game with dinner and movie? These are the most dramatic locations around the globe to watch a movie amid the stars and have a great meal in the process. Viva la summer!

1.  Villa San Michele, Italy

If you love a good foreign flick, why not watch one with a view of one of the most romantic European cities in the background? Belmond Villa San Michele in Florence, Italy offers movie nights once a week in July and August amid a stunning alfresco setting. On a large screen next to the panoramic pool, watch a range of genres, from classics to new releases, and movie nights include snacks, champagne, and comfortable beach chairs. There’s also a weekly screening of children’s cartoons, and kids can enjoy snacks like popcorn and ice cream, while adults can enjoy wine nearby. 

2.  Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado, Peru

This enchanting resort in the middle of the Sacred Valley of the Incas — known for horseback riding, rafting, and hiking past alpacas to ancient ruins, also hosts outdoor movie nights each week, year-round. Set on the banks of the Urubamba river, surrounded by towering mountains, guests can enjoy a selection of family-friendly films in English with Spanish subtitles, starting at 6:30 p.m. 

3.  Anantara’s Kihavah Villas, Maldives

If you have made the trek out to the remote islands of the Maldives, scattered in the Indian Ocean, you are most likely there to chill. Anantara’s Kihavah Villas offers a cinema under the stars which is tucked away in the lush foliage of the island to give it the ultimate privacy. The greenery parts to reveal a spacious clearing where guests are met by a large movie screen paired with luxury comfort and gourmet delicacies. The ideal romantic setting for couples, or the perfect venue for an evening of family movies. Unique to most of the other viewing programs, you can actually pick your own movie and the snacks begin with baked oysters, veggie samosas, and lobster spring rolls to traditional popcorn. For mains you can order more lobster with foie gras, scallops and prosciutto or a truffle Wagyu beef burger, so by this point, who even cares what they are screening?

4.  Mr. C Beverly Hills

From the acclaimed Cipriani hotels in Italy, known for dramatic architecture, the pool scene at the Beverly Hills outpost features seasonal films. Every other Tuesday from June 7th to August 30th at 7 p.m., check out the hotel’s summertime tradition with dinner and a movie under the stars. Pre-reserve your seats by purchasing an advanced Mr. C Cinema prix-fixe menu ($35 or $45 per person), featuring Cipriani and hotel classics like the Mr. C Club sandwich with fried egg and Pizza Mr. C with burrata and prosciutto crudo di Parma, to name a few, while you watch the other classics such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s or Grand Budapest Hotel

5.  WP24 Downtown Los Angeles

Towering over the downtown Los Angeles skyline, the Ritz-Carlton offers rooftop patio dining at Wolfgang Puck’s WP24 every Friday and Saturday evening (6 to 10 p.m.) through Labor Day weekend. The sky-high experience features everything from Champagne floats and sangria to barbecue classics with an Asian flair from Thai spiced grilled white corn on the cob to Tandori grilled Jidori chicken. But just for the summer, you can also view rooftop patio movie screenings. The beloved nostalgic films range from E.T. to Raiders of the Lost Arc and will be screened at 8pm on every last weekend of the month. 

6.  Foreign Cinema, San Francisco

For more than 15 years, Foreign Cinema continues to be one of San Francisco’s most enduring, fun, and buzzy dining destinations. Chefs Gayle Pirie and John Clark’s menu evolves daily, inspired to execute different versions of their California-Mediterranean influenced fare, that marries beautifully with the wine list, cocktails, and films. The James Beard award-winning venue plays a move in their charming courtyard starting at dusk ever night and they are currently screening Best in Show

7.  Musha Cay, Bahamas

Leave it to famed magician David Copperfield to have a magical movie experience on his private island resort in the Bahamas, Musha Cay. At Dave’s Drive-In guests can enjoy an outdoor movie on the island’s picturesque Coconut Beach while relaxing beach chair with their toes in the sand and a bucket of popcorn. Guests will actually receive a personal note from Copperfield in their rooms inviting them to the movie — which might be a classic like Casablanca — and you just never know what other mysteries might unfold after dark. 

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