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Summer Cinema in Spain

by Becca on Friday, July 15, 2016

Summer cinema in Spain has always had a certain element of sentimentality. For many, attending outdoor movies is more an excuse to enjoy a warm summer night than anything else; in fact, it's safe to say that for many Spaniards, their earliest memories are wrapped up in the nostalgia of a summer night spent outside at the park in front of a movie screen. 

Summer Cinema's Small Town Origins

These days, outdoor cinemas have become a widespread, popular entertainment option, but there was a time when these kinds of movie theaters were considered "provincial." Until relatively recently (we're talking some 40 years ago) many small towns only had access to movies via traveling companies that would come to town for a few days and install portable film projectors and screens in the towns’ main squares. 

According to history books, these outdoor summer cinemas became popular because during this time, indoor movie theaters didn’t have air-conditioning. Movie-goers preferred to watch films outdoors because cool summer evenings were more pleasant than stuffy theaters; but with the advent of air-conditioned theaters the public once again returned to indoor cinemas.

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Cines de verano en España

by Diego on Thursday, July 14, 2016

Los cines de verano en España siempre han tenido cierto componente sentimental. Son más que una excusa para poder pasar una tarde de verano; de hecho sabemos que los primeros recuerdos de bastante españoles están ligados a una noche frente a una pantalla en un parque… read more »

Summer in Madrid and Need to Study? Follow our Survival Guide!

by Alison on Thursday, July 07, 2016

It’s summertime in Madrid, which means two things: it’s ridiculously hot out, and the city is bursting with things to see and do! Here in Madrid , summertime is lived out on the streets. If you’re a student with our don Quijote School, however, it also means you’ve got to dedicate some time to studying. While studying Spanish is great, we understand the challenges students face during the summer months… Maybe your weekend study plans went out the window with those last-minute tickets to that music festival. Or perhaps you’re itching to finish studying early so you can grab a spot on that hot new rooftop bar.  Or let us guess: your apartment doesn’t have air-conditioning, thus leaving your attempt to study at home feeling more like a Bikram yoga session… read more »

Donde estudiar en Madrid en verano

by Diego on Wednesday, July 06, 2016

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#ViveElEspañol and win a Polaroid

by Diego on Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Many of you are already in the don Quijote schools and destinations that you have chosen to learn Spanish. No doubt you are having unforgettable experiences getting to know a new culture, and of course capturing every second of your entire stay by posting and sharing to your social networks. Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter ... All rife with beautiful photos of that building, monument, or plaza that caught your attention and that you'll always remember fondly when you think back on your Spanish course. … read more »

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