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Where is Adelaide's Best Outdoor Cinema?

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
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Published February 4th 2012
There is nothing quite like the atmosphere of catching a film under the stars. Couples and friends sit sprawled out on picnic blankets and bean bags, and there are no ushers with flashlights pointing at feet on seats. Usually outdoor cinema is the domain of the summer months, and when the weather does get warmer Adelaide has some some great options available. So if there is one outdoor cinema to get to during the summer, which one should it be? Where is Adelaide's best outdoor cinema?



Open all year round, the Mainline Drive-In is also probably Adelaide's oldest operating outdoor cinema. While drive-in cinemas used to be the way to watch movies, now they're a pretty rare find. Pile your friends into the car, tune in your radio, and you're ready to go. Mainline doesn't have the same range of movies on offer as your regular cinema, the line up usually consists of a kids film and the latest blockbuster. It's also a cheap option, only $22 per car, per film.

The other, probably most well known, outdoor cinema is the Ford Focus Moonlight Cinema. This cinema comes to life in a small fenced off area of Botanic Park, it looks like a construction site from the outside, but inside bean lounges and blankets lace the ground and people sit eating pizza and popcorn. There is a small candy bar, but you can also bring along your own food and drink. They play a mix of cult films, classics, and the latest Hollywood has to offer.

Head off into the Adelaide Hills and you can see 'stars under stars' at the Secret Garden outdoor cinema. It's part of the gorgeous White House Provincial Kitchen and Lounge. Usually you can just head here for food and wine in a great atmosphere, but the cinema adds another charming on Fridays during summer and winter. The films range from Hitchcock, to French cinema, keep up to date with what's happening on their Facebook page.

These aren't Adelaide's only outdoor cinema experiences. Summer Fridays in the East End have free movies and grandstand seating over at Ebenezer Place, the South Australian Museum has had free movies out the front on their lawn, and the Jacob's Creek Visitor Centre has cinema by the vines.

So let us know if you've got a favourite outdoor cinema in Adelaide, and why it should top the list.
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In addition to the outdoor cinemas listed in this article, people should also keep an eye out for what their Council is doing. Many Councils nowadays organise one or more outdoor movie nights during the spring and summer months.
by prizm (score: 0|5) 2718 days ago

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