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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.