SCREEN LOVIN’ SUM­MER NIGHTS

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - TRAVEL NEWS - PAUL EWART

With sum­mer around the cor­ner, thoughts turn to beaches, bar­be­cues, al­fresco din­ing and open-air cin­e­mas. Amer­i­can Ex­press Ope­nair Cin­e­mas is the first to launch its sea­son. Op­er­at­ing screens in Syd­ney, Mel­bourne, Can­berra, Ade­laide, Perth, and New Zealand, the cin­ema is adding a water­front lo­ca­tion in Syd­ney’s Pyr­mont.

Pair your movie with live mu­sic and gourmet food and drinks with Salt Meats Cheese serv­ing an­tipasti and wood-fired piz­zas, and craft brew­ers Ur­ban Al­ley Brew­ery of­fer­ing award­win­ning beers. Pre­mium tick­ets in­clude re­served seat­ing and wait ser­vice. And it’s dog-friendly. OPENAIRCINEMAS.COM.AU

MOON­LIGHT MOVIES

Aus­tralia’s big­gest out­door cin­ema has re­leased its pro­gram ahead of its launch next week.

Re­turn­ing to city park­lands in Syd­ney, Mel­bourne, Bris­bane, Perth and Ade­laide, the De­cem­ber-Jan­uary flicks cover ad­vanced screen­ings,

MOON­LIGHT CIN­EMA

block­buster re­leases and clas­sics. Hot-picks in­clude The Favourite, Mary Queen of Scots and In­cred­i­bles 2. Go BYO and pack a pic­nic blan­ket, lol­lies, cheese and wine, or pay for plush bean bag loungers and stock up on food and drinks sold on-site.

Splurge on Gold Grass for the ul­ti­mate ex­pe­ri­ence which in­cludes re­served bean beds in a pre­mium lo­ca­tion and bar-to-bean bed ser­vice. MOON­LIGHT.COM.AU

GO BARE­FOOT

Set in spec­tac­u­lar set­tings across the Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula, Port­sea and Rip­pon­lea, Vic­to­ria’s Bare­foot Cin­ema is back for sum­mer.

Launch­ing on Box­ing Day it’ll host 44 screen­ings of fam­ily favourites, cult hits, mu­si­cals and come­dies. BAREFOOTCINEMA.COM.AU

CARRY A WA­TER­MELON

Grab a wa­ter­melon and re­live your Dirty Danc­ing fan­tasies. In­spired by Lon­don’s Se­cret Cin­ema, the world of Baby and Johnny from the 1987 flick will be recre­ated in The Do­main, Syd­ney, and Flem­ing­ton Race­course, Mel­bourne, next March. The Dirty Danc­ing Im­mer­sive Cin­ema ex­pe­ri­ence will show the movie, and 50 ac­tors and dancers will of­fer salsa les­sons and act out iconic scenes. IMMERSIVECINEMA.COM.AU

GET OFF THE GRID

New for 2018 (and for one night only on De­cem­ber 1) Cam­pout Cin­ema is an im­mer­sive out­door ex­pe­ri­ence at Bush Hide­outs – a camp on Goul­burn River on 200ha of bush­land in the her­itage-pro­tected Tra­wool Val­ley.

Show­ing a dou­ble fea­ture of old­school Aussie cin­ema with Wake in Fright and 1978 hor­ror film Long Week­end, there’s an ad­ja­cent full bar, pop­corn stand and food trucks. BYO camp gear and stay the night. BUSHHIDEOUTS.COM.AU

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