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A whiff of jasmine, cigarette smoke and the furtive shadow of a cat darting across the silver screen – summertime in Greece means open-air cinema, a well-loved tradition for nearly a century.In the projection room of Palas (Palace), one of Athens' oldest movie theaters in the middle-class district of Pangrati, second-generation owner Matthaios Potagas is a whirl of motion that belies his gaunt 86-year-old frame and white beard. Open-air cinemas are part of summer life in Greece, a fact conceded by many indoor screen owners who prefer to shut up shop and take a break until September.This year, there are around 90 terraces and gardens serving as open-air movie theaters in the greater Athens area. Maria, who lives above the cinema, runs the bar.
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