Sydney Outdoor Cinemas

If you are looking for something different to do on a summer evening, consider going to one of Sydney’s outdoor cinemas.

The cinemas are an ideal form of entertainment in summer.  What could be better than being outdoors on a hot summer evening, under the stars enjoying a movie.

Some of these cinemas are located at amazing locations like Mrs Macquaries Point over looking Sydney Harbour and Bondi Beach.

There are a variety of shows that are screened, which include new releases and the old classic movies.

Come along with family and friends, bring a picnic and blanket. Some venues you can purchase food, alcoholic beverages and hire out bean beds and deck chairs.  The bean beds make for a very comfortable evening and are perfect for Sydney outdoor cinemas.

Sydney Outdoor Cinemas

  • Sydney Outdoor CinemasFlickerfest is a short film festival, which will be held at the Bondi Pavilion, Bondi  Beach from 6th – 15 January 2012. This will be their 21st season and after Bondi, they will go on tour to 31 venues around Australia.
  • Bondi Openair Cinema is located at the Bondi Pavilion, Bondi Beach and will be held from 29 January to 11 March 2012. Bring a blanket, there are bean bags and deck chairs for hire. Food can be purchased, and the venue is also licensed.
  • St George Openair Cinema is located at Mrs Macquaries Point, next to The Royal Botanic Gardens and has stunning views of Sydney Harbour.  Food can be purchased from the restaurant, and the venue is licensed.
  • Ford Fiesta Moonlight Cinema is located at the Belvedere Amphitheatre, Centennial Park, corner of Loch and Broome Avenue, Paddington.
  • ME Bank Starlight Cinema is held at North Sydney Oval in Miller Street, North Sydney from January to March 2012.

Outdoor Cinemas Around Australia

Openair cinemas are becoming quite popular and are located all over Australia, similar to Sydney outdoor cinemas. In Brisbane, there is the Moonlight Cinema at the Powerhouse in New Farm Park. Perth has the Camelot Outdoor Cinema in Mosman Park.

On the edge of Darwin Harbour is the Deckchair Cinema. Which is open 7 nights a week during the dry season. Melbourne has The Rooftop Cinema which is on the top of Curtin House in the heart of the city.

Sun Picture Theatre in Broome’s Chinatown is thought to be the oldest  operating openair cinema in the world. The site was originally owned by the Yamsaki family and has been subjected to tidal flooding. This problem was rectified in 1974 with the construction of a levee bank.

If you are looking for an outdoor cinema close to where you live, contact your council. Some councils hold openair cinemas in their parks.

Today’s group writing project contains the word outdoor.  Please have a look at the other posts that also  incorporate the word outdoor.

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  1. We used to have outdoor cinema in QLD but it closed down a few years back – love going and sitting in the car while watching a movie. It would be so good to show our boys an outdoor movie at an outdoor cinema. Love the idea of the Flickerfest in Bondi, sounds like fun.


  2. Sydney’s outdoor cinemas. That reminded me of the first outdoor cinema I went too it was called a drive in movie,
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  3. I love going to the outdoor cinema in summer. The Camelot Cinema mentioned in your post is a particular favourite, a nice bottle of wine with a wood fired pizza and a good movie is a great night.
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  4. Outdoor Cinemas are great fun, I love going there. I am amazed by the number of Sydney outdoor cinemas and have to make sure I visit one next time I am in Sydney (and they are open).
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  5. I’ve lived in Australia for 18 years and have never been to any of the Sydney outdoor cinemas. I did try and get tickets for the one at Mrs Macquarie’s chair once, but they were sold out.
    Maybe this summer!
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  6. Hi Lisa

    Sorry Lisa forgot to mention Brisbane, here is one Ford Fiesta Moonlight Cinema is an open air cinema screening new release, classic and cult films on the lawns of New Farm Park at the Brisbane Powerhouse. Flickerfest will be touring Austraila after Bondi, so you might come across them in your travels.

  7. Hi Rita

    I loved the drive-in movie, I think they are a thing of the past, these days. However, the outdoor cinemas seem great. I would like to visit the one in Broome. It has so much history.

  8. I would love to go to an outdoor cinema in Sydney. Your city seems to have so much great stuff happening. I use to love the drive in movies when I was a kid and remember going in our pj’s with our blankets and pillows and sit in the back of the car with the tailgate down. Wish they would bring them back.
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  9. Hi Jenny

    That sounds so good, watching a movie under the stars with a bottle of wine and pizza. I think we all need to enjoy the outdoors more often.

  10. Hi Renee

    You will have to visit Sydney in summer to catch the outdoor cinemas, makes for a great evening’s entertainment.

  11. Hi Jan

    It sounds like Mrs Macquarie’s Chair books out pretty quick. You could also check with you local council and see if they have openair cinemas in their parks. I know Hornsby Council has Movies Under the Stars. I think they are everywhere I even noticed Flicks in the Sticks at Eumundi.


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