I can't believe that it's been three months since we returned from our holiday in Lanzarote. For the least six years we have enjoyed a relaxing two weeks in a wonderful villa that overlooks the harbour in the resort of Puerto Del Carmen. Most evenings after dinner, we would either enjoy a drink on the porch or maybe relax on the sofa watching a movie, and if we were feeling adventurous then we might take a taxi along the front to grab a cocktail or two at one of the busy bars. So when we heard about a recently opened outdoor cinema where we could watch movies under the stars, we knew we had to get along to check it out. As it turned out, we were contacted by the PR team behind the venture and invited to come along before our holiday ended.
Located on the top floor of the Biosfera Shopping Centre in Puerto Del Carmen, Starlight Open Air Cinema is Lanzarote's first ever open air cinema. Thanks to state of the art wireless headphone technology you can relax in comfortable seating and enjoy a choice of two Hollywood blockbuster films each night. The cinema experience is enhanced by a full bar and snack menu including piping hot popcorn and nachos which can be ordered by activating the push button waiter service.
Unfortunately, we had just missed out on a screening of the Quintin Tarantino movie Pulp Fiction but after checking the monthly film schedule on the Starlight Open Air Cinema Facebook page, we decided to book seats to see Colin Firth in Kingsman: The Secret Service.
Sharing the top floor with the cinema is CINE 6D, an immersive mix of flight simulator technology and virtual reality motion ride, where thrill seekers can experience 3D graphics, booming digital sound and g-forces like never before. As we love Lanzarote so much, we decided to do the Skyride Lanzarote and enjoyed a 'drone's eye' view of the island.
After our 360 degree tour of the island, we needed a drink so made our way to the bar and we were delighted to see locally produced wines available at reasonable prices and ordered one of our favourites - a chilled bottle of Guiguan Malvasia Volcánica and took our seats in front of the big screen.
All of the seating options provide perfect viewing angles of the huge cinema screen. We had a choice of huge beanbags, lounger seats or two seater sofas to choose from and after a quick look around, we decided to snuggle up on one of the sofas, hopeful that we might ended up kissing on the back row of the movies on a Tuesday night.
Once the movie started we could have easily forgetten that we were sitting outside. The wireless headphones used to listen to the movie, deliver outstanding sound quality whilst doing a great job to shut out any of the sounds from outside. With our wine almost finished, I made use of the push button waiter service, summoning a couple of G&T's from the bar.
Temptation got the better of us once again when I pressed the button again, this time ordering a portion of nachos.
The weather in October can be pretty unsettled and halfway through the movie, the rain started to come down but thanks to the distinctive sail shaped canopy of the Biosfera, we were mostly protected from the wet. However as the wind picked up, the back row of the cinema did experience a little fine spray but we were provided with blankets which helped keep us dry and warm.
Time flew by and before we knew it, the end credits were rolling up the screen and it was time to make our way home. We loved our night out at the movies and we would definitely do it again next time we are in Lanzarote. I would like to say that although we were invited along as guests of the cinema, my review above is an honest write-up of our evening.
So if you're on holiday on the island and fancy doing something different at night, I can easy recommend taking a trip to Starlight Open Air Cinema.