Outdoor cinemas have been around for decades, but our love affair with them only grows stronger. There’s something very cool about watching a movie outdoors, and the experience becomes all the more magical when you add a beautiful backdrop of water to admire, seagulls flying overhead as the sun bids you goodnight and the movie starts. It takes the act of viewing a movie out of the darkened, overly air-conditioned cinema and makes it a communal celebration of the great outdoors and great weather. Pack a picnic, bring cushions and a blanket, and settle in under the stars for a special summer evening’s entertainment with friends and family – and a few hundred fellow movie lovers.
Sun Pictures/ Broome Movies Broome, WA – Laying claim to the title of ‘World’s Oldest Outdoor Picture Gardens’, this quaint outdoor cinema shows the latest movies under the stars every night. broomemovies.com.au
Darwin’s Deckchair Cinema Darwin Waterfront, NT – 16 April 2014 – 16 November 2014. Open during the dry season only (April – November), this tropical outdoor cinema right on the waterfront features a diverse range of Australian, family, classic and popular films. Deckchairs are provided.
Outdoor Cinema – Christmas Island – Being over 1500 kilometres away from the nearest point on the Aussie mainland is no barrier to this tiny island cinema, which showcases Hollywood blockbusters and classic cult movies under the stars on Saturdays at 7:30pm (in the event of rain, screenings take place on Wednesdays).
Daydream Island Resort & Spa Whitsundays, QLD – Resort guests can kick back and enjoy free movies on the 44-foot outdoor screen. Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings.
Ben & Jerry’s OpenAir Cinema – Brisbane: 20 Oct – 24 Nov 2013, Adelaide: 1–22 Dec 2013, Sydney: 23 Jan – 2 Mar 2014, Melbourne: 1–22 Dec 2013, Canberra: 14 Feb – 8 Mar 2014, Perth: Check website.
Maltesers Moonlight Cinema – Held under the stars at QT Port Douglas between Jun – Oct 2014. Other locations: Brisbane: 12 Dec 2013 – 23 Feb 2014, Sydney: 12 Dec 2013 – 23 Mar 2014, Adelaide: 28 Nov 2013 – 15 Feb 2014, Melbourne: 5 Dec 2013 – 20 Mar 2014, Perth: 11 Dec 2013 – 30 Mar 2014.