Summer Outdoor Cinemas 2019-20

It's the most wonderful time of the year...the time of year when the nights are balmy enough for some stellar outdoor cinemas to pop up all 'round the country!

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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? If you're keen to experience the magic, we've got your closest outdoor cinema right here.

Moonlight Cinema

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Australia's most famous outdoor cinema - Moonlight Cinema returns for another splendid summer season. Moonlight Cinema boasts a picturesque parkland setting in most major cities around Australia, framed by food stalls and everything you need to make it an evening to remember. Grab your bae or some mates, pack a picnic basket with booze and snacks and get in early to secure a prime spot under the stars. Enjoy new flicks or old favourites.


  • Centennial Park, Sydney: 28 November 2019 - 29 March 2020
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne: 28 November 2019 - 29 March 2020
  • Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Perth: 30 November 2019 - 26 March 2020
  • Roma Street Parkland, Brisbane: 14 December 2019 - 29 March 2020
  • Botanic Park, Adelaide: 13 December 2019 - 16 February 2020

American Express OpenAir Cinema

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Live music, sunset drinks, food, fun and flicks is the order of the day at the American Express OpenAir cinema, formerly known as the Ben & Jerry's cinema. This is a real good'un, because YHA members get a 10% discount off tickets! Just enter the code OACYHA1920 at checkout. Check out their website for their programme and more info!


  • Pyrmont, Sydney - 31 October 2019 - 8 December 2019
  • St Kilda, Melbourne: 22 November 2019 - 20 December 2019
  • Sydney University, Inner West Sydney: 4 January 2020 - 2 February 2020
  • National Library, Canberra: 8 January 2019 - 16 February 2020
  • Bondi Pavillion, Sydney6 February 2020 - 15 March 2020

Sunset Cinema

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The Sunset Cinema experience is every bit as pretty as it sounds. Kick your shoes off and relax at one of five laid-back, lower-key venues all around Australia. Surrounded by full bar facilities and all the tasty food stalls you could possibly dream of, a night at the Sunset Cinema is the ultimate way to spend a balmy summer evening.


  • Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Brisbane: 2 October 2019 - 16 November 2019
  • Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra: 21 November 2019 - 11 January 2020
  • North Sydney Oval, Sydney: January 15 - March 21 2020
  • Botanic Garden, Wollongong: 12 December 2019 - 22 February 2020

Westpac OpenAir Cinema, Sydney

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If you enjoy the finer things in life, Westpac OpenAir is the outdoor cinema experience for you. This place calls itself the world's most beautiful cinema, and we think they're pretty on the money. Perched right on Sydney Harbour, you may have a hard time focussing on the screen rather than the scenery - but do try, because they have a pretty excellent program.


  • Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquaries Point, Sydney: 9 January - 21 February 2020

Rooftop Cinema, Melbourne

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A slice of bliss right in the heart of the city - on top of the world. The famous Rooftop Bar turns its hand to cinema  during the summer with a program jam-packed with Hollywood blockbusters. Don't miss the magic as the sky begins to darken and stunning Melbourne lights up in the background.


  • 252 Swanston St, Melbourne: December 2019-March 2020.

Rooftop Movies, Perth

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Rooftop Movies was Perth's first ever outdoor cinema and is still as loved as it ever was. It's a retro garden paradise located in the ultra hip area of Northbridge, six levels above the ground. Grab a drink and pizza and settle into your beanbag for the show. Take in the magnificent sunset views and catch the biggest hits of the year, plus some timeless classics.


  • Roe Street Carpark, Northbridge, Perth: 1 November 2019 - 28 March 2020
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