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Adelaide's Summer Outdoor Cinema 2013

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A growing trend through the warmer months is to enjoy a spot of cinema under the starts. While the Moonlight Cinemas used to have a monopoly over Adelaide's fresh air flicks, there are now a number of outdoor cinemas screening both the classics and new releases.

1. The Opel Moonlight Cinema

One of Adelaide's largest outdoor cinemas is the Opel Moonlight Cinema. They have outdoor cinemas all over Australia, and Adelaide's sets up in Botanic Park, just behind the Botanic Gardens.



[ADVERT]The movies on show range from classics like Grease, The Breakfast Club, Ferris Beullers Day Off, to new releases like Pitch Perfect, Skyfall, and Hitchcock.

There are food vendors set up inside the cinema, but you can also BYO food and drinks, including alcohol.

There's plenty of room for you to pull up a picnic blanket, or you can hire a special 'bean bed' for an extra $7, you can bring along your own beach chairs (as long as they don't have legs), but you'll have to leave large picnic chairs at home. PayPal Gold Grass tickets are $32 and include a bean bed set up the prime viewing section.

2. Summer Movies On the Terrace

Summer Movies on the Terrace offer three nights of free family fun on January 24th, and February 7th and 21st. The movies are set up outside of the State Library on North Terrace, and all you need are some deck chairs or a rug.

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The three movies are all family friendly, there's Ghostbusters, Wizard of Oz, and Labyrinth.

The movies are part of the Adelaide City Council's Splash Adelaide campaign. Also part of Splash Adelaide is the Free Movie Night at the Adelaide Gaol, it's the perfect spot to watch the Blues Brothers.

3. Rocket Rooftop Cinema

Rocket Rooftop might have a smaller screen, but they also have margaritas and tacos, a winning combination on a hot summer night.



The Rocket Rooftop is a great addition to Rocket Bar on Hindley Street, and during summer it's getting jazzed up with deck chairs, fairy lights, and food from La Cantina Co. The line up for the new year includes The Goonies, Alice in Wonderland, The Dark Knight, Deathproof, The Rum Diaries, and Champions.

Entry to the Rocket Rooftop Cinema is free, you'll only need to pay for food and drinks.

4. Jacob's Creek Movies at Our Place

Heading up to the Barossa may be a long drive for a movie, but with the Jacob's Creek Visitor Centre offering their 'Movies at Our Place' it's a tempting prospect.



You can spend the day touring through the Barossa wineries, and top it all off with a movie under the stars. There are some great family movies in their line up like Hugo, and The Adventures of Tin Tin, as well as films like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and the Iron Lady.

There will of course be wine to drink, and if you're feeling hungry then themed menus are available. A ticket and a glass of wine will only set you back $15.

5. The Secret Garden Outdoor Cinema

Venture up to Hahndorf and you'll find another gorgeous spot to enjoy a film. Every summer the White House opens up their Secret Garden Outdoor Cinema, and their 2013 program is soon to be announced.



You can watch a film while enjoying some delicious food, and enjoy the magical surroundings of the secret garden. This time around there will be a special 'drive in' night, featuring some superb vintage cars.

Keep your eyes peeled for more information once their season is announced.

6. The Mainline Drive-In

This is one of Adelaide's most classic outdoor cinema options, and while the Mainline Drive-In isn't strictly for summer, it still deserves a place on the list.

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It's a cheap way to go see a film, just $22 for a car full of 5 people, if you think you can last there are also options to see 2 or 3 films. Make sure you've got a working radio, because you'll need to tune into the soundtrack, and for the ultimate experience see if you can get your hands on a convertible.

Unfortunately the Little Road Raquet Society only had a three day event, which ran over December 27th, 28th, and 29th. But keep an eye out for any future events.

Do you know of any summer outdoor cinema experiences we've missed? Treat yourself this summer with a few drinks and a flick under the starts.
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Why? Spend summer enjoying movies under the stars
When: January, February, and March
Where: All over Adelaide and further afield
Cost: Prices vary (some are free)
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That's a pretty good list, and a nice comprehensive round up :)
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