City guide

Enjoy English-friendly films alfresco at the Budapest Rooftop Cinema

Photo : Budapest Rooftop Cinema Facebook

Open-air cinemas are integral to any Budapest summer. But with so many only showing films in Hungarian, where can the English speaker enjoy a movie alfresco? The Budapest Rooftop Cinema, that’s where! Set up atop a Buda mall, the BRC has five more features being screened this month in original language. And… there’s even a bar.

Kicking off in July with Wes Anderson’s cult classic (what else?), The Grand Budapest Hotel, the Budapest Rooftop Cinema has taken over the vacant roof of the Mammut mall near Széll Kálmán tér, cinema screen, comfortable chairs, bar and all. A DJ might even spin a few tunes.

Photo: Budapest Rooftop Cinema Facebook

Many screenings are with original audio or are English-friendly. Beware that any brewing summer thunderstorm can cancel the show – keep an eye on the cinema’s Facebook page.


Admission costs 1,450 forints, and the venue opens from 5pm to 11pm so you can enjoy a drink and the panoramic view before and/or after the film.

Photo: Budapest Rooftop Cinema Facebook

Tomorrow, Saturday 10 August, sees Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron team up to do battle with Immortan Joe in Mad Max: Fury Road while Sunday is dedicated to troubled teenager Donnie Darko.


Look out, too, for Guy Ritchie’s follow-up to Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, starring Brad Pitt and Jason Statham.

Photo: Budapest Rooftop Cinema Facebook

Here’s the full schedule of films in English:


Saturday, 10 August: Mad Max: Fury Road – Charlize Theron must free the breeders in this high-action thriller.


Sunday, 11 August: Donnie Darko – a giant rabbit tells Jake Gyllenhaal that the world will end in 28 days. For real.


Monday, 12 August: Iron Sky – American astronauts find war-time Nazis on the Moon.


Monday, 19 August: Basketball Diaries – a young Leonardo DiCaprio ditches basketball for not-so-cheap thrills.


Wednesday, 21 August: Snatch – Brad Pitt, Jason Statham and Vinnie Jones, all in one Guy Ritchie crime caper.


Hungarian with English subtitles


Tuesday, 13 August: Ted – directorial debut by Seth MacFarlane about a man and his rather too grown-up teddy bear.


Sunday, 18 August: The Hangover – death-wish drinking high jinks with Bradley Cooper and gang in Las Vegas.


All screenings start at 7pm.


Budapest Rooftop Cinema


District II. Mammut mall, Lövőház utca 2-6