A passion for movie magic has gained much popularity among Yucatecans, and in Mérida several places now show films in open air settings, giving everyone the chance to enjoy a flick “al fresco.”

If you love movies, visit each one of these events along with the people you love best. Don’t let anyone steal your spot, and join in the fun!

Open Air Cinema Cine Al Aire Libre The HarborThe Harbor Fashion Mall

The idea for “Cinema Under the Stars” came from wanting to give families a budget-friendly place to enjoy together.

Movies are chosen through a vote on social media, so you can take part and vote for your favorite. You can also bring whatever food you like since there are no restrictions regarding this. You can either bring snacks from home or buy something to eat at the mall. At each event you will find mattresses and seating for anyone who wants to join.

The screenings are appropriate for all ages, but there are plans to add another show for older audiences in the future. In the meantime, the last Thursday of each month is reserved for retro movies.

Open Air Cinema Cine Al Aire Libre The Harbor Mall

This event takes place every Thursday at 6:30 pm, next to the lake at The Harbor. Get there early and marvel at the dancing fountain show which starts and finishes the screening to the relish of all movie goers. Best of all, it’s free!

The Harbor Fashion Mall
Calle 60 Norte, Zona Industrial, Mérida
Tel. (999) 921 1252
FB: The Harbor Mérida


Cine al Aire libre Alianza FrancesaAlliance Française Mérida

This cultural gathering takes place every Wednesday at 8 pm. Participate in this free event and enjoy the very best of European cinema in their “Cine Jardín.”

In order to promote French art and culture and to help restore film’s communicative value, “Cine Jardín” has taken place for more than four years in the Alliance Française’s outdoor patio.

When you arrive, you will be able to enjoy wine and popcorn on the house; on the hottest days of the year, they sometimes serve cold beers or cocktails. However, everyone is free to bring whatever food they want to enjoy during the screening.

Each movie is chosen among the Alliance Française event coordinators. For the most part, they show European films, so you can be sure that each one will be interesting. Find out when their next screening is on their social media. You won’t want to miss it!

Alliance Française Mérida
Calle 23 #117 x 24, Col. México, Mérida
Tel. (999) 927 2403
FB: Alianza Francesa de Mérida, México


Open Air Cinema Insituto KresseInstituto Kresse

With the support of the Goethe Institute, which promotes German culture in México, the Instituto Kresse of Mérida holds this event each week. The day can vary, so it’s important to check their social media to see the movie which will be screened.

The films shown tend to be in German, but will usually have Spanish subtitles so that more people can enjoy them.

This is a free event and open to all audiences, as they show cinema for children, teens and adults. Take note, though: you have to register and RSVP; you can do this by phone or through Facebook.

Each movie is screened in Instituto Kresse’s outdoor patio at their Francisco de Montejo location. When you arrive you will see that they have the perfect place to enjoy the very best in German cinema. Chairs and seating arrangements are available and you can bring whatever food and snacks you like.

Instituto Kresse
Avenida 51 #329 x 52 y 54, Francisco de Montejo, Mérida
Tel. (999) 195 0329, (999) 196 2239
FB: Instituto Kresse AC – Excelencia en la Enseñanza del Alemán


Open Air cinema Cinema ColectivoCinema Colectivo

This group organizes events twice a year so that you can enjoy the very best movies under the stars. Past events have featured “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Inception,” among others. Find out all the information regarding costs, the location, and the film they’ll be showing on their Facebook page.

You can bring blankets and pillows to each event; or anything else you might need to enjoy your evening to the max.

Food trucks and stands are always present at each event, so you can find whatever it is you’re craving to make the night all it can be. Pizzas, brownies, fruit with chile, “aguas frescas,” or popcorn…you’ll find it all at each Cinema Colectivo gathering.

They’re also pet friendly, so you can bring your best friend along to enjoy the movie night with you. Just make sure you bring a leash and baggies to pick up after them. Follow them on social media and find out where their next event will take place.

Cinema Colectivo
[email protected]
FB: Cinema Colectivo


Editorial by Claudia Améndola
Photography by Claudia Améndola, Cinema Colectivo and Instituto Kresse


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