Summer Cinema: August 17 - 21st August
Every summer, the Stockholm Film Festival offers free film evenings in the open air in Rålambshovsparken. We are proud to have hosted Europe's largest outdoor cinema for more than thirty years.
During some warm evenings in August, when the late summer darkness has begun to sweep over Stockholm, the Stockholm International Film Festival annually sets up a huge screen in Rålambshovsparken to project summer films.
For more than thirty years, summer cinema has been the biggest highlight of the hottest season for film-loving Stockholmers. The first outdoor screening was already arranged in the summer of 1991 in Kungsträdgården and the event was then the first outdoor cinema in northern Europe of its kind. A record audience of about 30,000 visitors came to "Kungsan" to see »Hamlet« (1990) with Mel Gibson in the lead role. The then newly started Stockholm Film Festival arranged the screening without permission to the city police's great annoyance. On stage is Ernst-Hugo Järegård who introduces the film screening without a microphone, but with the help of his famous "Royal theatre voice". The entertainment guide, which sponsored the event, was perhaps less satisfied as their magazines quickly became a popular seat pad.
Since then, we have shown modern film classics and cult films around Stockholm in places such as Humlegården, Tantolunden, Berzelii park and Stockholm's Olympic Stadium. But Rålambshovsparken's grass is the clear audience's favorite spot that has most clearly been associated with Sommarbio.
In 2017, »Dirty Dancing« attracted 9,500 visitors and in 2019, there were 10,000 movie lovers in the grass in front of the screen to see Quentin Tarantino's cult classic »Pulp Fiction« (which won a Bronze Horse at the 1994 festival).
This year, Sommarbio is finally back in Rålis between August 17 - 21st. We will, as usual, invite all visitors to free movie screenings and our partners are on site to offer drinks and snacks. So book the dates in the calendar right now and keep an eye on our website for more info about which movies we will show. This year, for the first time, you in the audience have voted for the films.
See you in Rålis!
Photo: Hanna Anirra