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11/06/2020

​PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR THE NATIONAL HERITAGE, THE ARTS AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND THE MINISTRY FOR TOURISM AND CONSUMER PROTECTION: Cinema City: free open-air film screenings in Valletta


Between the 25th and the 28th of June, the eve of a public holiday, the Valletta Cultural Agency will be organising a series of open-air film screenings over four nights at Laparelli Garden in Valletta, underneath the city’s Main Gate, which was inaugurated in 2018 for the European Capital of Culture year. These film screenings are suitable for the whole family and admission is free for all.

The films that will be shown are Jurassic World (Thursday, 25th June), World War Z (Friday, 26th June), The Greatest Showman (Saturday, 27th June), 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi and Captain Phillips (Sunday, 28th June). Movies start at 8.00 pm and on Sunday the second film starts at 10:15 pm. World War Z, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi and Captain Phillips are all films which share a special connection with our Capital City, having scenes shot in Malta and in the streets of Valletta.

Minister for the National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government José Herrera stated that “through the creation of such activities, we will be boosting cultural and economic life within the Maltese Capital City, which has been adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic”.

Minister for Tourism and Consumer Protection Julia Farrugia Portelli stated that through this initiative families can enjoy these films particularly those that portray our islands as a destination for blockbuster productions in an open and beautiful area of Valletta. “This is what we meant when we promised that there will be summer. Together with the Malta Film Commission, a selection of films will be screened, with a number of those having been filmed in Malta. This will be an interesting experience for those that will choose to spend the last weekend of June, where they can see for themselves the beauty of Valletta not only through their eyes but also through the eyes of those directors who chose our capital city to shoot their scenes.”

Valletta Cultural Agency Chairman, Jason Micallef, said that “This is one of a series of cultural and social activities in Valletta for June, July, August and September." He reiterated that "the Valletta Cultural Agency has prepared a major cultural program to restore Valletta's economic, cultural and social regeneration."

The main entrance to Cinema City in Laparelli Garden is via the stairs and lift located next to the Parliament building. Those who are using their car can park in St James’ Ditch and Laparelli Garden, the entrance to which is from Great Siege Road. Admission is free; however, there will be a limited number of seats. Therefore, those wishing to attend must obtain a ticket from the office of the Valletta Cultural Agency, the Ministry for Tourism or the Ministry for National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government. Tickets will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

During the same days, there will also be a parade of artistic costumes along the main streets of Valletta, between 6 pm and 8 pm. The public is invited to visit the streets of the City before attending the film screenings at Laparelli Gardens to admire these colourful costumes.

For more information, visit and follow the Valletta Cultural Agency’s Facebook page.