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2017/18 Best Outdoor Cinemas in Perth

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by Shannon Meyerkort (subscribe)
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Published October 17th 2017
The silver screen under the silver stars
We are blessed in Perth with beautiful summer nights and what better way to enjoy them, than with a movie under the stars. Here is a complete list of all the best outdoor cinemas in Perth for the 2017/2018 season.

Perth outdoor cinemas


CENTRAL

Northbridge Piazza
This central cinema in the heart of Northbridge offers a free program throughout the warmer months including Date Night Wednesdays (8.30pm), Free Flicks for Kids on Saturdays (5.30pm) and Spring Screening Sundays (2pm). Bring a cushion or get there early to nab a beanbag. BYO picnic. FREE.

Season: September to May, Wednesday, Saturdays and Sundays
Address: Lake St, Northbridge
Program/website: https://www.visitperthcity.com/see-do/northbridge-piazza

Burswood Telethon 7 Community Cinemas
With a different movie every night and running almost every night from November to April, this has to be one of the biggest outdoor cinemas in Perth. The movies are a mix of family-friendly and adult and cover latest releases as well as old favourites. It's near the river so you might need a jumper or blanket if it's breezy. It's a licenced venue with food options available (sausage sizzle and Crust pizza) or you can BYO food and non-alcoholic drinks. Bring a cushion or hire a beanbag from $6. Tickets start at $7 kids/$14 adults.

Burswood also has the deluxe 'la Grassiere' area which offers VIP packages for $99 per couple.

Season: Thursday 23 November to Saturday 14 April (nightly)
Address: Charles Patterson Park, Resort Drive, Burswood
Program/website: https://www.communitycinemas.com.au/Page/Home

Rooftop Movies
Definitely aiming at Perth's adult market (there are very few family movies) Rooftop Movies are located six stories high and with a spectacular view of the city skyline. Complete with bar and food options, the retrofit out with old caravan, beanbags and deck chairs makes a great summer date night. Part of the Fringe World Festival.

Season: runs from November to March
Address: 68 Roe Street, Northbridge
Program/website: https://www.rooftopmovies.com.au/

Kings Park Moonlight Cinema
Under the stars and surrounded by the beautiful trees of Kings Park, Moonlight Cinema is a casual BYO type cinema, where you can either hire a bean bag or bring your own rug or low chair. There is always food available to buy or you can bring your own picnic. Located in the Synergy Parkland, there is plenty of space for kids and prams (at the back) and you are allowed to BYO alcohol except when there is a G or PG movie showing. Tickets $12.50 for kids and $17 for adults.

Season: December to April
Address: May Drive, Kings Park
Program/website: https://www.moonlight.com.au/perth/program/

Amex OpenAir Cinemas
Formerly the Ben and Jerry's OpenAir Cinema, thanks to a new sponsor this deluxe outdoor cinema has a range of seating and packages available (with discounts for Amex holders) and shows an assortment of latest releases. Gourmet food and drinks are available to buy at the cocktail bar and there will be DJs and live music before the show starts.

Season: March to April
Address: Ozone Reserve, Riverside Dv, East Perth
Program/website: https://www.facebook.com/PerthOpenairCinema/

Luna Outdoor
A tiny little outdoor cinema with a garden setting in the heart of Leederville, Luna Outdoor has a mix of comfy beanbags and unpopular old-school metal chairs, so the common advice is to be early to nab a bag. Surrounded by the great restaurants of Leederville it's better to have dinner out because there's not much space to bring a picnic.

Season: December to April
Address: 155 Oxford St, Leederville
Program/website: outdoor.lunapalace.com.au/home


Perth outdoor cinemas


NORTH

Joondalup Pines
With a family focus, this beautiful outdoor cinema is located on the grounds of ECU with a beautiful lake and plenty of space to bring a picnic or even use the free BBQs. The Snack Hut sells ice-cream, food and drinks and there is fresh pizza on weekends. You are allowed to BYO and seating is a mix of huge beanbags, canvas chairs and deckchairs or you can bring your own rugs and cushions. Used as part of the PIAF Film Season.

Season: November to April
Address: Edith Cowan University, 270 Joondalup Drive, Joondalup
Program/website: https://perthfestival.com.au/whats-on/venues/ecu-joondalup-pines/

Movies at the Beach Sorrento Quay
Playing family-friendly films, this free outdoor cinema pops up in the warmer months and allows you to BYO picnic (or buy something from the numerous restaurants and cafes at the Harbour) and enjoy some fun under the stars and next to the beach. Strictly BYO chairs, blankets and cushions and keep an eye on the events page to see what is screening next. FREE

Season: starts in October, ad hoc
Address: amphitheatre, Sorrento Quay Boardwalk, Hillarys Boat Harbour
Program/website:https://www.facebook.com/events/530674207281017/

Galaxy Drive In
Although a drive-in is probably only open air if you roll down the windows, the Galaxy Drive-In still should be included in this list. The onsite café offers classic fare such as Chiko rolls and burgers and most nights you can get two movies for the price of one with an intermission in the middle. It's cheap as chips with adults for $9/$10 and kids only $4/$5. Tuesdays is a bargain $20 per car (one movie). Strictly cash only.

Season: all year round
Address: Goollelal Dr, Kingsley
Program/website: galaxydrivein.com.au/

SOUTH

Murdoch Telethon 7 Community Cinemas
The movies are a mix of family-friendly and adult and include latest realises as well as old favourites. This is a licenced venue (no BYO alcohol) but you can BYO food and non-alcoholic drinks. Bring a cushion or hire a beanbag from $6. Tickets start at $7 kids/$14 adults.

Season: Thursday 16 November to Saturday 3 February (nightly)
Address: Lower Bush Court (next to Car Park 3), Murdoch University, South Street, Murdoch
Program/website: https://www.communitycinemas.com.au/Page/Home

Mandurah Telethon 7 Community Cinemas
Mandurah offers a short season and runs five nights a week with predominantly family-friendly movies in the stunning Quarry Adventure Park. You can BYO food or buy onsite but this is not a licenced venue and is alcohol-free. Bring a cushion or hire a beanbag from $6. Tickets start at $7 kids/$14 adults.

Season: Thursday 21 December to Sunday 28 January 2018 (Wed to Sun)
Address: Quarry Adventure Park on Pebble Beach Road, Meadow Springs
Program/website: https://www.communitycinemas.com.au/Page/Home


United Cinemas Rockingham Outdoor Cinema
With a short season, it's good to keep an eye on the events page of the United Cinemas Facebook page to see when the Outdoor Cinema is being opened. Screening current films and old favourites the ticket prices are low if you bring your own rug and cushions or you can hire a reclining deck chair. Often has visiting food trucks for a cool dinner as well.

Season: December to January
Address: 14 Leghorn St, Rockingham
Program/website: https://www.facebook.com/pg/UnitedCinemasRockingham/events/

Perth outdoor cinemas


WEST

Somerville
It's huge, beautiful and fully licenced. In the grounds of the University of Western Australia, the Somerville is one of the oldest outdoor cinemas in Perth and plays a major role in the Perth International Arts Festival showing a range of new release, arthouse and cult classics. Offering a range of food for sale, you can also bring a picnic. More directed at adults than families, each film usually screens for a week. Deckchairs are provided but cushions are also definitely recommended.

Season: November to April
Address: Somerville Auditorium, UWA Nedlands
Program/website: https://perthfestival.com.au/whats-on/venues/uwa-somerville/

Camelot
Hidden by a high wall in the middle of Mosman Park and with the stunning art deco MosArts building, Camelot offers the full outdoor experience with a range of gourmet offerings, licenced bar and themed nights with special music and entertainment. Deckchairs are provided (BYO cushion) and the movies cover the best of local and international offerings.

Season: December to April
Address: Mosman Hall, Lochee Street, Mosman Park
Program/website: camelot.lunapalace.com.au/


EAST

Midland Outdoor Cinema
Running on Friday and Saturday nights for a short season, the Midland Outdoor Cinema offers a range of latest release films under the stars. With limited seating it is recommended you bring your own blankets, pillows or low chairs and you can also BYO alcohol and food, although there is a kiosk on site.

Season: tba
Address: corner of Cale St and the Crescent, Midland
Program/website: https://acecinemas.com.au/s/midland-outdoor-cinema.html

Kookaburra
With a long season, the Kookaburra bring outdoor movies every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and has been for more than two decades. There is a large grassy area with picnic tables as well as deckchairs, but you can also BYO blankets and cushions. There is a small kiosk onsite but you are welcome to BYO picnic and alcoholic drinks. Tickets are $15 adults and $10 kids and please note it is strictly cash only.

Season: November to April, weekends
Address: Allen Rd, Mundaring
Program/website: www.kookaburracinema.com.au/

Bassendean Telethon 7 Community Cinemas
Running four nights a week, Bassendean offers new and old family favourites. Licenced venue (no BYO alcohol) but you can BYO food and non-alcoholic drinks. Bring a cushion or hire a beanbag from $6. Tickets start at $7 kids/$14 adults.

Season: Thursday 7 December to Saturday 24 March (Wed to Sun)
Address: BIC Reserve, Corner of Guildford Rd and Wilson Rd Bassendean
Program/website: https://www.communitycinemas.com.au/Page/Home



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Why? All of Perth's greatest outdoor cinemas
When: Warmer months
Where: Across Perth from Joondalup to Midland to Mandurah
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