The true sense of summer evenings on the island of Spetses can best be captured by a visit to the classic Ciné Titania, an open air cinema which the Poseidonion Grand Hotel has undertaken to run as of this season. Those growing up on the island will recall fond memories of watching their favourite movies under a starry sky on a balmy summer evening, lemonade and potato chips in hand, the cicadas humming softly in the background. With two showings a day from June to October, the Titania was at the heart of entertainment for young and old, the delight of sitting back to enter the imaginary world of the big screen with the night sky as a ceiling being the ultimate pleasure.
Originally built in the 60s, the small cinema was a meeting point for families and friends gathering to watch the latest blockbuster on a summer evening. It represented everything that is so unique, even today, about the way of life in Greece during those hot months when schools are closed, everyone is more carefree and vacations become way of life. Even those visiting Spetses for a holiday would find themselves sharing a night time viewing of a well known film with the locals, adding to their experience of island life. In fact, despite the advance of home entertainment, DVDs and online streaming, open air cinemas in Greece have continued to maintain a special place in the heart of cinemagoers and many are still in operation.
The Ciné Titania has been given a new lease of life with a total revamp of the venue and the addition of a new digital projector and Dolby Surround 5.1. The sliding roof system has been preserved, providing cover for the audience in the event of a summer rainfall and it continues to be one of the unique highlights of the cinema itself. Many a youngster attending the old movie house would secretly wish for a sudden downpour so as to witness the marvellous innovation in action, an occurrence which actually was not too frequent, making it even more of a novelty!
The Poseidonion Grand Hotel, in its desire to preserve the traditional lifestyle of Spetses, and with a commitment to offering a truly authentic experience to visitors, undertook the modernisation and re-opening of the Ciné Titania with great attention to detail. Respecting the venue’s importance to the island, the initiative to make the Titania a firm favourite once again was a labour of love. The lush foliage and scented jasmine still provide the only decor needed and small circular tables are carefully positioned next to the comfortable director chairs for you to place your refreshments. Not only has the cinema been restored to its former glory, but it has also been imbued with new touches which will surely prove to be very popular. The Poseidonion’s award winning chef Stamatis Marmarinos has prepared a special selection of delicious treats which you can savour during intermission and refreshing cocktails are mixed for you by the team of The Gin Joint. Summer evenings on the island just become even more special, in a modern setting which will satisfy cinema lovers and culinary fans alike.
The magic of summer cinema has returned to Spetses and we hope that you will join us for a night of pure entertainment.
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