Summer outdoor cinemas 2018-2019

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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.

Locations:

  • Centennial Park, Sydney: 29 November 2018 - 31 March 2019
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne: 29 November 2018 - 31 March 2019
  • Roma Street Parkland, Brisbane: 29 November 2018 - 31 March 2019
  • Botanic Park, Adelaide: 8 December 2018 - 17 February 2019
  • Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Perth: 1 December 2018 - 31 March 2019

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. They have already been and gone in some cities, but have yet to hit many more. Check out their website for more details!

Locations:

  • National Library, Canberra: 9 January 2019 - 17 February 2019
  • Sydney University, Inner West Sydney: 10 January 2019 - 15 February 2019
  • Bondi Pavillion, Sydney24 January 2019 - 3 March 2019
  • Ozone Reserve, Perth: TBC
  • Coolangatta Beach, Gold Coast: TBC

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.

Locations:

  • Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Brisbane:1 March 2019 - 13 April 2019
  • Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra: 28 November 2018 - 12 January 2019
  • North Sydney Oval, Sydney: 17 January 2019 - 30 March 2019
  • Commonwealth Reserve, Melbourne: 24 Janaury 2019 - 17 February 2019
  • Botanic Garden, Wollongong: 13 December 2018 - 23 February 2019

St George OpenAir Cinema, Sydney

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If you enjoy the finer things in life, St George 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.

Location:

  • Mrs Macquaries Point, Sydney: 8 January 2019 - 16 February 2019

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.

Location:

  • 252 Swanston St, Melbourne: December 2018 - March 2019

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.

Location:

  • Roe Street Carpark, Northbridge, Perth: 2 November 2018 - 31 March 2019
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