Outdoor cinema guide
By Naz Jacobs
With warmer weather upon us, outdoor cinemas are popping up around Sydney to offer us a great movie experience under the stars. There’s no shortage of locations, so you’ll always be able to find a showing that suits you. Catch new releases, advance screenings and fabulous old classics.
Moonlight has the most extensive film program of all the outdoor cinemas, running for close to four months. Tag Moonlight Cinema on Insta and you might get your snaps featured!
WHERE: Belvedere Amphitheatre, Centennial Park
WHEN: 11 December - 29 March
HOW MUCH: $15 - $19
Movies by the Boulevard
Your beloved pooch is welcome to attend as well, as long as he or she is on a leash. Short Soup international film festival premieres on the final night.
WHERE: Sydney Olympic Park
WHEN: 3 – 18 January
HOW MUCH: FREE
Choose from a great range of films from Mockingjay Part 1 to Dirty Dancing!
WHERE: North Sydney Oval, intersection of Miller and Ridge Streets
WHEN: 22 January – 28 March
HOW MUCH: $12-18
St George Open Air
Enjoy a movie, fine food and wine against the gorgeous backdrop of Sydney Harbour. Convenient public transport access from St James and Martin Place stations.
WHERE: Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquaries Point, adjacent to Royal Botanical Garden
WHEN: 7 January – 21 February
HOW MUCH: $36.70
Ben & Jerry’s Open Air
Sundays are a particularly special occasion with live music and free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Ooh, and Amelie is showing on Valentine’s day!
WHERE: Bondi Pavillion, Bondi Beach
WHEN: 22 January – 1 March
HOW MUCH: $15-35
Movies in the Park
With only seven showings, Movies in the Park offers limited selection of recent blockbusters, but that’s okay because it’s free!
WHERE: Strathfield Park
WHEN: 22 January – 11 April
HOW MUCH: FREE
Skyline Drive In
Although it’s a drive in and not really an outdoor cinema, it’s a cinema… and it’s outdoors… so we thought it fits the bill. Bring blankets, get comfy in your car and grab a bite to eat at the retro diner.
WHERE: Cricketer Arms Road, Blacktown
WHEN: All of summer and beyond
HOW MUCH: Varies