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Hot Sydney summer evenings are just made for kicking back and chilling out with some lazy entertainment. And so much the better if your entertainment comes in a package that includes dark skies sprinkled with shimmering stars, the lap of the waves and the fresh smell of an ocean breeze. That's exactly what you'll get with 2013 summer edition of Ben and Jerry's Openair Cinema at Bondi, screening from 25 January to 3 March 2013.
Video may well have "killed the radio star" but doomsayer predictions of the early demise of the big screen because of increasing online entertainment remain thankfully unfulfilled. Al fresco evening summer cinema is 'hot stuff' around the country with crowds flocking to see new releases and movie classics in the great outdoors. If the weather's good it can certainly add to the whole cinematic experience, and Bondi, which is host to a number of film festivals, holds a special place in the hearts of Sydney cinephiles.
The festival opens on Friday 25 January with the heartwarming indie favourite, Moonrise Kingdom, and closes on Sunday 3 March with the powerful boxing Day Tsunami survival story, The Impossible. In between there's everything from Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway singing in Les Miserables to the latest from Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained. Kids will love Wreck it Ralph and nostalgics will be catered for with Raiders of the Lost Ark, Mad Max and Top Gun. You can see the full program here.
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When : Tuesdays to Sundays from Friday 25 January to Sunday 3 March 2013 Where: Dolphin Lawn, next to Bondi Pavilion Times: Gates open at 6pm and movies screen at 8.15 pm. Tickets: Available online here or at the event box office from 7pm on movie nights. Cost: Sundae Session Charity Night: $45 plus $3.50 booking fee. Includes free bean bag or deck chair (limited supply). You can also choose to make an extra donation to Mission Australia Other Sessions: General Admission - Adult $17, Student or Child $12. Star Class (reserved VIP seating with bean bag, blanket and free ice cream) - $40. All bookings attract a $2.90 booking fee. Deckchairs and blankets are available for an extra $4 each. More Information: Visit the website here or Facebook page here.
Sundae Session Charity Night As always the highlight of the festival will be the Big Opening Night Charity Sundae Session on Sunday 27 January. 5 piece band, Amy Meredith and Triple J's Unearthed winners, Stonefield will play before the evening's film - the hot new comedy, Pitch Perfect. There will be games on the Dolphin Lawn, free Ben and Jerry's ice cream for all patrons, a licensed bar and food options. All proceeds from ticket sales for this event will go to the event's charity partner, Mission Australia, who provide community and employment services for Australians in need.