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Piazza Grande, an open-air cinema in the heart of Locarno

THE PERFECT MOMENT
  • 9 August – 21.10
  • 26°
  • Surprised

The sun has already set, the colours on the maxi screen become increasingly intense, Piazza Grande fills up with people who share a passion for cinema. Every August, since 1946, here you will breathe the magical yellow and black atmosphere of the Locarno Festival.

At sunset Piazza Grande begins to crowd with people who sit on the 8,000 yellow and black chairs. With muffled steps the emblematic leopard crosses the big screen starting off the evening’s showings and you are about to see a preview of what will soon become famous worldwide.
The Locarno Festival belongs to the whole city. The people of Locarno have borne it in their hearts for many years: they now have it in their blood. Traders and restaurateurs decorate up their shops and restaurants with themes that encourage you to immerse yourself in the enthralling atmosphere that the festival creates every year.

The fanciful decorations in the shop windows around Piazza Grande give the town its colours.

Locarno, red carpet

Locarno, film screening in Piazza Grande

Locarno, Piazza Grande top view

Locarno, City Garden

Locarno, PalaCinema

Locarno, Rotonda di Piazza Castello

At the end of the screening, you really want to find out what else this film festival can offer you. At the Piazza Castello roundabout, you will find an incandescent village where you can experience an exciting evening full of fun, meetings, music and ethnic food.

The atmosphere of City Garden, an open-air location in the old town where you can share the most intense moments of the day, is also something you shouldn’t miss.

A GOOD EVENING
18.30

Apero time in the old town

20.00

Photo souvenir on the red carpet

21.30

Start evening film screening

23.00 - 03.00

Side events of the Locarno Festival

IN THE SURROUNDINGS

USEFUL INFO

First film screening at 9.00, last at 23.00.
Evening entertainment at the Rotonda di Piazza Castello and at the City Garden in the Old Town.
Events closing at 3.00.


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