SCREEN LOVIN’ SUMMER NIGHTS
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
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, 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
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