In the heart of Mykonos you will find, in addition to bars, restaurants, hotels, and shops, a small oasis, an open air cinema. Cine Manto is set in a lush garden, full of trees, palm trees, and cacti, offering the perfect and coolest set – during hot summer days – for a perfect movie night. The summer cinema is located at the “Meletopoulos Municipal Garden”, a garden donated by Ioannis Meletopoulos to the Municipality of Mykonos back in 1957. Ioannis Meletopoulos chose and planted various plant and flower species, creating thus a beautiful botanical garden, which is still very well preserved. Since then, it has been hosting a crowd of people, who rush to visit it and enjoy an alternative night on the cosmopolitan island.
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In this beautiful garden, one has the opportunity to see an unexpected aspect of Mykonos, different from the noisy and cosmopolitan one that the island is best known for. In the garden one may also find the old church of Taxiarches, not to mention the CINE MANTO CAFE RESTAURANT, which is an all-day restaurant offering a variety of dishes and drinks, coffees, local beers, and Greek wines. Antonis Kioukas, the creative mind behind everything that is related to the cinema, adds that “What is interesting about this cinema is that people can dine while watching a movie. Cine Manto is famous for its skewers. People eat skewers as if there is no tomorrow” he adds with a pinch of humor.
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The summer cinema was created back in 1995 with the aim of contributing to the cultural activity of the island, without altering the beauty of the garden. And that is indeed what happened. It is indeed the perfect touch that completes a wonderful place of peace and recreation. Since 2011 the cinema has been trying to promote and present various cultural events such as music performances, tributes, book presentations, art, photography and sculpture
exhibitions, film productions, film and dance classes, and much more. Its goal, as we see it, remains intact and operates as a center of culture.
There are two screenings daily, one at 21:00 and one at 23:00. The entrance fee for adults is 9€, for children 7€, and for anyone who wishes to do so, there is also the option of a membership card. The card gives members the privilege to watch 14 movies for 70€. All films are in English, with Greek subtitles. As Mr. Kiukas told us in Mykonos Post, this year the program will include 12 films for children – that is, one film per week for the summer holiday season – and 30 films for the general audience.
So, after wandering around the island, choose to watch a film under the stars. A unique and unforgettable experience.
Antonis Kioukas, the soul of Cine Manto, said to Mykonos Post:
“It wasn’t me who had the idea about the cinema. From 1996 to 2011, there was a municipal cinema operating in the same place. At some point, the municipality decided to give it to somebody else to operate it. I happened to have the experience and the knowhow. Therefore, during the crisis, I decided to come back to the island and take over the summer cinema. So, with a lot of effort, we managed to transform it to what it is now.
We tried to create a cultural multipurpose space. A multipurpose space for art and culture. With this in mind, we organized various events, and some concerts in Delos. When we got it, only the people of Mykonos knew about it, only the "cultured" people of Mykonos. It has now gained
international recognition. About a month ago, Time Out London magazine included Cine Manto among the 40 most beautiful cinemas in the world”.