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Ben & Jerry's Openair Cinema 2016

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Ben and Jerry's Openair Cinema is back for another year, erected outside the National Library on the Patrick White Lawns. The Openair Cinema runs for over a month between January 14th and February 21st where movie-goers can enjoy live music, ice cream and pizzas while they wait for the sun to set and for the movies to begin. Pull up some grass or hire a deck chair and sit back to enjoy the huge range of movies on offer nightly. With latest releases, drama, suspense, comedy, kids movies and quirky additions, there is something for everyone at this popular outdoor event.

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Source: Canberra Openair Cinema Facebook, 2015. Photography by ArtOf2 Designs


There is a wide range of movies to enjoy - why not check out the new James Bond movie Spectre starring Daniel Craig as well as The Dressmaker with Kate Winslet, Frozen Sing-a-long for the kids, The Martian with Matt Damon and celebrate the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future with Michael J Fox. For Hunger Games fans, watch Mockingjay Part 2 under the stars, for an even more thrilling experience. For a full list of movies, see here.

On opening night there will be Ron Howards' "In the Heart of The Sea" starring Australia's own Chris Helmsworth and based on the Moby Dick classic. Gates open at 6:30pm so movie goers can enjoy the live music and food on offer before the movie begins at 8:30pm at sunset. This movie in particular will be a highlight of the month long event - a suspenseful flick guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your beanbag.

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Source: Openair Cinema website


There are a number of seating options to choose from each night on Patrick White Lawns. Bring a picnic blanket and arrive early to nab the best spots on the grass or hire a deckchair beanbag to relax in comfort. Another option is to buy tickets to Polo Class, which includes entrance to the exclusive area, a bean lounger with cushion and blanket, a Ben and Jerry's shorty ice cream, a soft drink and $2 of every ticket sold goes to charity.

The music will be another highlight of the event, with local DJ's and live bands performing at each session which will make for a fun night for all ages as the sun goes down over Canberra.

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More Husky in 2015. Photography by ArtOf2 Designs. Source: Openair Cinema Facebook


Inside the venue there will be wood fired pizzas from Rocketboy Pizza (see menu here) and of course plenty of Ben and Jerrys ice cream for dessert. There are food "combos" you can buy which include pizza and icecream with beer or wine. There will also be the licenced "Jar Bar", so you can jrelax with cold beverage whilst watching your movie with friends. Movie goers are also welcome to take their own food, however no BYO alcohol.

The popular Sundae Sessions will be back, with live music, games, prizes and FREE Ben & Jerry's ice-cream to enjoy - perfect for a hot Summer's evening. Sundae session movies include Hunger Games Mockingjay, Hotel Transylvania, Suffragette, Clueless and The Notebook.

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Kids night out with free icream and Hotel Transylvania. Source: Openair Cinema website


As this is an outdoor event, check the weather forecast beforehand in case you need you need to bring and extra layer or an umbrella. The movies will still run in intermittent showers, however if the forecast is for rain, ticket holders will receive a text cancelling the event and then can use the ticket for another session. See the FAQ page for details.

With a warm summer ahead, this month long event is an ideal way to spend the evening relaxing by Lake Burley Griffin. With latest release movies and live music, reclining on a deckchair with a frosty cold drink and a good movie will be a popular way to spend this summer in Canberra.

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Cheers! Source: Openair Cinema Facebook


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Why? Enjoy an evening of live music and latest release movies under the stars.
When: See website for session times
Where: Patrick White Lawns (in front of the National Library), Parkes, Canberra
Cost: See website for pricing options and extras (beanbags, deck chairs)
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