Petros the Pelican
Petros the White Pelican is the official mascot of Mykonos. In 1954 a wounded pelican was found at the coast Mykonοs by a local fisherman. The pelican was nursed to health and remained on the island supported by locals. It soon adopted the name “Petros”, as a joke between the locals, as “petro” in Greek means “rock”, “stone” but metaphorically Old and Grumpy. Petros has always been a bit of an enigma as his species of pelican is not indigenous to the island or even the Aegean. To great dis-appointment by locals and tourists alike, Petros was hit by a car on 1985 and failed to recover. As the original bird had such popularity and seemed to have developed into the Mykonian Mascot, he was posthumously replaced and a female friend was added as well. Since then there is always a pelican on Mykonos who, honorifically, was given the name Petros. Petros the Pelican is certainly the most photographed persona on the island and resident symbol of both sea and sky for more than 60 years, escapes the Paparazzi in his own personal nest: Cine Manto Mykonos. You can find him on a given afternoon flapping hisfeathers, stretching his beak or just doing general preening in the center of town at the cinema, aka Meletopoulos’ Garden. Where does the island’s star go at night? Well, of course he wants to be in the company of other celebrities—the stars of the silver screen because he can’t resist a great flick too!
Everyday visitors to the island want to know how to get to the Windmills, Little Venice, Paradise Beach and the church of Paraportiani. These are easy photo ops and venues to see as they are locations. But when you want to find the island’s Star, if he is not feasting on fish in the early morning hours on the waterfront from the fishermen’s surplus, chances are you can find him in the garden. And of course, while there visitors can enjoy a lush oasis of flora and fauna, cool in the worst of the summer heat and protected from the raging northerly winds when they choose to blow.
Running from June of the end of September, this tree-shaded open-air space is part-cinema, part-botanic gardens. Aside from a big screen, it boasts a bunch of friendly cats, a pond full of koi carp, goldfish, waterlilies, and a 200-year-old cactus. Seriously, what more could you ask for? It’s like when we used to see movies […]Monocle on CineManto
On the island of Mykonos, Andonis Kioukas owns Cine Manto, which is about as perfect as a place can be without sitting atop Mount Olympus itself. “Mykonos is a labyrinth and this used to be jungle”, says Kioukas, shrugging at his surroundings as if they were just an average suburban garden, weeded and given a […]The Independent on CineManto
On the romantic Greek Island of Mykonos, Cine Manto is set in a botanical garden. Home to Mediterranean plants, lily-covered pools and a resident pelican named Petros, it is due to show films such as Captain Phillips and Gravity over the coming months. Between 10am and 2am, a stylish restaurant serves up breakfasts, barbecues, brunch […]Lonely Planet on Cine Manto
Need a break from the bars and clubs? Seek out this gorgeous open-air cinema in a garden setting. There’s a cafe here, too. Movies are shown in their original language; view the program online. Source: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/greece/hora-mykonos/entertainment/cine-manto/a/poi-ent/1518319/1003373Greece is on Cine Manto
Open-air cinemas are a quintessential Greek summer delight. Where better but the islands to enjoy a Hollywood classic or the latest blockbuster under the stars? You’d think that the strong smell of jasmine and the noisy songs of the cicadas – both heralding the start of yet another Greek summer – would distract you from silver-screen magic […]Volotea on Cine Manto
The therino (open-air cinema) is an integral part of Greek culture – there are few better ways to kick off a summer evening than watching a film at Cinema Manto under the stars while sipping a gin and tonic (you can smoke too, as it’s outdoors). Set in a walled garden with towering palm trees, fragrant pines, and cacti, the cinema shows films in […]CINE MANTO CAFÉ RESTAURANT
Apart from the open-air cinema, in the Garden, you will find the coolest cafe restaurant on the island, CINE MANTO CAFE RESTAURANT, surrounded by a beautiful garden with an ethereal atmosphere, and great food. It is open all day long, offering the pleasure of greenery, Greek breakfast, barbecue, drinks, brunch and assortments. If you pass […]Concert in Delos 2016
A magical night to support a mythical place. Magical music performed on a mythical island under the moonlight. On Monday, August 22nd a very special performance will take place on a very special island. The voice, Eleftheria Arvanitaki, one of Greece’s best contemporary folk singers; the lyrics, from the writing of Greek Nobel laureates and poets; the venue, the ancient […]LIFO on Cinemanto
Το Cine Manto στην Μύκονο, ένα από τα ομορφότερα θερινά σινεμά του κόσμου, ανακοίνωσε συναυλίες και εκδηλώσεις για το 2016. Το Cine Manto Mykonos που σύμφωνα με ξένα μέσα όπως ο Guardian και Ιndependent είναι ένα από τα 10 καλύτερα θερινά σινεμά του κόσμου, ξεκινάει τις προβολές για το φετινό καλοκαίρι και παρουσιάζει το νέο […]Cine Manto Mykonos
Cine Manto is a unique and vast garden located in the center of town of Mykonos, open to the public, drowned by palm trees, towering pines and unique species of cactus. Sheltered from the wind and always cool, is an unexpected picture of Mykonos. Within these majestic garden there are: an open-air-cinema “Cine Manto open-air […]The owner and donor of the Gardens, Ioannis Meletopoulos
Ioannis Alex. Meletopoulos (1903-1980) was born in Piraeus, to an upper class family. His father Alexandros was an acclaimed historian and although Ioannis worked as a lawyer for the Supreme Court of Greece, he followed in his father’s footsteps doing historical research himself. He was the organizer and for many years served as a curator […]Who is Manto
At 25, she was the educated aristocrat who became a passionate rebel. In war she fought like a man, in love she was betrayed like a woman and even her country deserted her after she used her entire fortune to bankroll the revolution. Manto Mavrogenos, a Greek national, was born in Tieste (today’s Italy) in […]