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Keen to catch a movie under the moonlight this summer? We’ve got your nearest open-air cinema right here.
There are a few visual cues that mark the beginning of summer in Australia. Jacarandas blossoming on suburban streets. Cricket replacing footy on local ovals. Backpackers sunburning on crowded beaches. And big screens popping up in parks and on rooftops around the country, preparing for another summer of outdoor cinema. Because what better way to spend a balmy evening than under the stars watching your favourite flick?
Whether you want to sing along to Grease or be terrified by IT, guffaw with Captain Underpants or dive into the depths of existentialism with Blade Runner 2049, we’ve rounded up the best outdoor cinemas near you this summer.
Moonlight Cinema loves a picturesque parkland setting for a romantic picnic and film under the stars, enjoying long programs at Centennial Park in Sydney, the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne, Kings Park in Perth, Botanic Park in Adelaide, and New Farm Park in Brisbane.
Sydney: 1 December 2017 to 1 April 2018
Melbourne: 1 December 2017 to 1 April 2018
Adelaide: 1 December 2017 to 18 February 2018
Perth: 2 December 2017 to 1 April 2018
Brisbane: 7 December 2017 to 4 March 2018
The cinema formerly known as Ben and Jerry’s might carry a new name this summer, but hasn’t ditched its eight stunning locations around Australia, which combine live music, trendy food and drink trucks and a mix of classic and new-release films to produce a glamourous open-air experience.
Inner-West Sydney: 29 November 2017 to 20 December 2017
Melbourne: 30 November 2017 to 20 December 2017
Brisbane: 6 October 2017 to 19 November 2017
Gold Coast: 19 October 2017 to 19 November 2017
Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Bondi: dates to be confirmed
Kick your shoes off and relax at the five laidback Sunset Cinemas dotted around Australia. This year’s theme is ‘The Summer Local’, with chefs creating ‘popcorn the local way’ at each venue, and cinema-goers asked to vote for their favourite cause from a list of local charities to win a grant from Sunset Cinema.
Melbourne: 27 December 2017 to 13 January 2018
Brisbane: Dates to be confirmed
Canberra: 16 November 2017 to 23 December 2017
North Sydney: 18 January 2018 to 24 March 2018
Wollongong: 27 December 2017 to 10 March 2018
This Top End institution closes for the wet season on November 19, but we couldn’t leave it off this list – Deckchair Cinema is famous for its eclectic program of arthouse, classic and Hollywood films with cicadas providing the soundtrack in the background.
Until 19 November 2017
You’ll need to bring a blanket, but yes, Tasmania does offer an outdoor ‘summer’ cinema – rug up and watch the stars under the stars on the State Cinema’s rooftop as the sun sets behind Mt Wellington in the distance.
Check the website for session times.
This place calls itself “the world’s most beautiful cinema” and it’s hard to disagree – St George OpenAir Cinema is perched right on Sydney Harbour at Mrs Macquaries Point, so you might have trouble focusing on the screen rather than the scenery.
7 January 2018 to 22 February 2018
So cool, so Melbourne. The inner-city Rooftop Bar serves drinks to its uber-hip clientele 12 months of the year but turns its hand to cinema over summer, with a program dominated by Hollywood blockbusters.
December 2017 to March 2018 – check the website for session times.
The world’s biggest outdoor bed cinema has moved from Parramatta to Moore Park this season, bringing 150 queen-sized beds, themed nights and gourmet takeaway options to spring evenings in Sydney.
27 October 2017 to 10 December 2017
Six levels above the bars and eateries of Northbridge sits Perth’s first rooftop cinema, a kitschy-chic summer pop-up delivering great movies and even better views of the city skyline from your beanbag.
Check the website for session times.
Pic credits: Chris Grundy, Tourism NT, credit Robyn Lea Visions of Victoria, Instagram.