It’s finally Outdoor Cinemas Season!
It’s summer, and summer means it’s no longer cool to fork out twenty bucks to freeze to death in a AC blasting cinema for an excruciating 120 minutes. In summer, movies should be watched outdoors in the gorgeous moonlit night, while you sit on bean-bags, laid-back arm chairs or sometimes even in your very own car. We just adore outdoor cinemas and summer movie season, and just felt the need to share exactly why!
You can do movies literally anywhere
Newest kids on the outdoor movie season block, a series called Barefoot Cinema have plonked down in the beautiful spacious and secret spot in the Point Nepean National Park, in Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. Overlooking the waves of Port Phillip Bay, it’s a great spot to bring the family or go with a few mates. Over the border and into regional NSW, Four Winds Festival “Summer Movies Under the Stars” is being held in the fields of Barragga Bay on the South Coast. But the great thing about outdoor cinemas, is they usually include an amazing backdrop behind the movie screens, and one of the most stunning ones we’ve seen is St George’s Open Air Cinema at Mrs Macquarie Point in Sydney. The view of Sydney Harbour at night is surely way more beautiful than the actors on screen!
They have booze. And food!
Ditch the popcorn, choc-tops and predictable movie fare at the outdoor cinemas. Here’s something you don’t get at the movies: gourmet food, wine and cocktails! Most outdoor cinema bars come with a fully-stocked licensed bar and lots of fun little treats. At Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas, you can buy your very own pot of B&J, with local and artisan beers, summer cocktails and food pop-ups. On Sunday’s, you get your B&J for the shockingly low price of FREE! Ben and Jerry’s cinemas are all over Australia, so everyone gets a try.
It’s great for kids
Looking for a way to entertain your little rug-rats over a balmy evening? Outdoor cinemas are bursting with kids movies that are fun for the whole family. There’s something so freeing about singing “Let It Go” at the top of your lungs at an outdoor singalong, or letting your kids dance around to the movie’s songs. There’s a great event happening in Sydney’s Darling Quarter all throughout January. Little Darlings Night Owls Kids Film Fest is completely free, and showing ONLY kids movies, so they don’t have to sit through all the boring mush. Throughout January, there will be a kids movie on each night from 6pm from the 6th – 25th of January, including Snoopy & Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie, The Jungle Book, Kung Fu Panda 3 and Sean the Sheep.
It’s great for romance
Want to take your dinner-and-movie date plans to a whole extra level? What could be more romantic than nestling in under the stars, while you watch a fantastic movie? And if you want to go extra-old school, head to Skyline Drive-in at Blacktown, the last remaining drive-in movie theatre in Sydney. Sip milkshakes or share a banana-split while you watch Hollywood’s latest blockbusters, with films starting as late as 11:45pm! Or for all the lovers in Queensland, cruise on into Yatala Drive-In in Stapylton QLD. Fully equipped with candy bar and sound that goes through your car’s speakers, they also have no required dress-code, so feel free, no, feel encouraged to show up in your PJ’s!
The freedom of being at home, but the service of a catered event
The best thing about outdoor cinemas is you can relax just like you would do at your very own home cinema. Grab a drink when you want to, grab food, relax without missing any of the movie. Spread out on your very own picnic rug, beanbag; bring a picnic if you want to! Or just have a movie, snuggling in bed as the Mov’in Bed, Sydney’s very own outdoor bed cinema is coming back to Parramatta next March, for another cozy movie session. Starting as the temperatures cool down in Autumn, you can snuggle up in a blanket and enjoy a glass of wine with some of the best new blockbusters and classics to gaze at. Or if you want to bring your movie watching experience to the next level, why not have your own butler at Sydney Hills Outdoor Cinema in Castle Hill. For a pretty penny, you and up to 8 friends can enjoy your vey own VIP tent with an actual butler waiting hand and foot on you. Wow!
Have we convinced you? Indoor cinemas are so passé, (at least until winter!)