Open-air cinemas

Grab your picnic blanket and head down to an outdoor cinema this summer.

Open-air cinemas

If you love catching a movie, but don’t want to spend your night inside a theatre on a beautiful balmy summer evening, then grab your picnic blanket and head down to an outdoor cinema.


IMB Sunset Cinema, located at the Northern Eucalypt Lawn within the Australian National Botanic Gardens, is back for a third season in Canberra.

Ben & Jerry's Open-air Cinemas Canberra is located on Patrick White Lawns, next to the National Library of Australia and overlooking Lake Burley Griffin. Movies are screening from 8 January to 22 February 2015.


Melbourne’s Moonlight Cinema Summer 2014/15 season is on from Thursday 4 December – Sunday 29 March 2015. Features advance screenings, new release and cult movies on the Central Lawn at Royal Botanic Gardens.

Chill out on deck chairs at the Rooftop Cinema at Curtin House in Swanston Street while watching the sun set over Melbourne city.


Ben & Jerry's Open-air Cinemas Adelaide is located at Brian Nadilo Reserve, on the Glenelg Foreshore, in front of the Glenelg Surf Club. Movies will be screening from 1 March to 12 April 2015. 

Adelaide’s Moonlight Cinema is located on the lawns of Botanic Park. The summer 2014/15 season is on from Thursday 4 December – Sunday 15 February 2015.


Take your picnic blanket, bean bag or deck chair along to one of the five outdoor McDonald's Community Cinemas at Burswood, Bassendean, Curtin, Mandurah or Murdoch to see blockbuster films, classics and movie favourites throughout the summer months. Run by over 700 volunteers, all profits are donated to kid’s charities. Ben & Jerry’s Open-air Cinemas Perth is located on Riverside Drive, cnr Adelaide Terrace. Screenings run from 19 March to 26 April 2015.


Brisbane’s Moonlight Cinema is located on the lawns of New Farm Park at Brisbane Powerhouse. The season runs from Thursday 11 December – Sunday 22 February 2015.

Movies in the Park is run by the Brisbane City Council and is an evening of free family entertainment in local parks.


Ben & Jerry’s Open-air Cinemas Bondi is located on the Dolphin Lawn overlooking Bondi Beach, outdoors in the park by Bondi Pavilion. Movies screen from 22 January to 1 March 2015 and to top it off, every Sunday screening is a ‘Sundae Session’, a dedicated live music event with FREE Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

Possibly Sydney’s favourite outdoor cinema with its perfect harbour side location on the Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquarie's Point, next to the Royal Botanic Gardens is the St George Open-Air Cinema.

Do you enjoy watching a movie under the stars? Where is your favourite outdoor cinema located?


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    Polly Esther
    20th Dec 2014
    I hasten to add my 'catch cry' to this article, being, " there is nothing new under the sun".
    I wonder if the first outdoor cinema was performed in a clearing of the tea tree in the caravan and camping area at Barwon Heads. Probably not, hence my 'catch cry'. However I remember very well holidaying in a caravan at Barwon Heads during the month of January for many years running, and every year 'someone' set up a large screen and movie projector with sound and showed films, cartoons , newsreels etc. for nights on end just like in a regular cinema. Campers and any locals could simply BYO and sit on the sand or grassed areas on towels or on fold up deck chairs and enjoy the show. The 'admittance' was, if you had it, somewhere around a tuppence or threepenny bit and if any of us kids wished to save paying, then one could gather behind the screen and watch the movies in back to front mode. This is going back almost some seventy years since my first memories of it, and it is donkey's years since I have been to the Heads and often I wonder if the 'cinema' still operates as such. Probably not, for the times they are a changing, and I sometimes think not always for the best.
    22nd Dec 2014
    Sad but True ,

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