Summer at the movies in Sydney is a sophisticated affair and the best part is watching the action outdoors on a balmy evening. Here’s what’s on show at the open-air cinemas for summer 2012
Sydney’s summertime outdoor movie screens book up a long way ahead but where else in the world can you cuddle up in the moonlight on a warm evening watching a flick on a giant movie screen, which rises out of the water as soon as the sun sets with the lights of the city and harbour twinkle in the background? Romantic movies with views, champagne and popcorn? It’s all too, too much. Swoon.
The St George Open Air Cinema is the pick of the bunch with its killer Harbour views and the program goes from January 11 until February 18. This is so much more of an experience than just a movie. Ticket holders – you need to book well in advance or try your luck early on the door for limited tickets – are treated to the best views in town as the sun sets over the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. A bar serves champagne and fantastic gourmet food options like antipasto platters, sushi or good old-fashioned fish and chips. There’s a buzz of anticipation in the air as the 350 square meter screen is raised from the water with the city lights flickering prettily in the background and bats from the botanic gardens swooping overhead. Movies to look out for include The Iron Lady, Burning Man and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.
Mrs Macquarie’s Point, Sydney 2000. From Wed 11 Jan.
Book on line at www.stgeorgeopenair.com.au
Or there’s the Ford Fiesta Moonlight Cinema at Centennial Park www.moonlight.com.au, at the Belvedere Amphitheatre from December 8 to March 15, where VIP Gold Grass seats ($36) mean sharing comfy beanbag in the best lawn locations under the stars.
Catch a line-up of summer blockbusters alfresco including The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.
Belvedere Amphitheatre, Centennial Park 2021. From 8 December, sunset. $11–$36.
And for movies by the beach, visit Bondi OpenAir Cinema.
Post lazing on Sydney’s most famous beach, wander a little back from the foreshore to the amphitheatre as the sun goes down over the Bondi surf. Live tunes are played by local bands and get you in the mood for the movie. Make your movie night a Friday and grab a free scoop of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Midnight in Paris, The Inbetweeners, We Bought A Zoo and Happy Feet 2 are all screening among a long list of hot movie hits.
Bondi Pavilion, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach 2026. From 29 January, 6.30pm. $13.90–$18. www.bondiopenair.com.au