Any open-air event is subject to the vagaries of the weather. Here in the Sunshine State, it's not always beautiful one day and perfect the next (although that's what I tell my southern friends). It seems that storm season is upon us already. I was invited to the opening night of Am Ex's Openair Cinemas and was excited about seeing Logan Lucky. Unfortunately, the Weatherzone sent a severe thunderstorm warning, and the screening was (wisely) cancelled.
Lightning over Southbank (image by writer)
The only good thing to come out of the cancellation was that I got to experience first hand what happened when the weather was too bad for an outdoor film. Their online FAQs states:
Openair Cinemas is an all-weather outdoor event that will go ahead in most weather conditions. Films will still be screened if it rains intermittently, so bring wet weather gear just in case of showers. If the screening is going ahead you will receive an email titled "Everything you need to know for tonight's screening" around 4pm. If the weather conditions are unsafe (strong winds and storms), the event's organisers will cancel the screening and let ticket holders know via email and text usually around 4pm on the date of the screening. This email will contain a voucher code for the value of your booking, allowing you to rebook for another screening.
I am pleased to say that is exactly what happened and I rescheduled for another night. Easy!
Openair Cinema is near the Brisbane Wheel (image by writer)
The cinema is at the Rainforest Green in Southbank Parklands. Find the Brisbane Wheel, then follow along the bougainvillea archway and you'll see the big blue entranceway. The gate opens at 6pm and the film starts at sunset (about 7pm). Which leaves time to have a drink, a meal or a snack, socialise and grab your seat.
Openair Cinema Entrance (image by writer)
Serene and the other staff were very friendly and helpful and explained the process and seating options. I was escorted to a comfy lounger with a complimentary blanket. It was a beautiful warm, starry evening and the blanket was definitely not needed. There is a DJ to keep you entertained before the movie starts.
Sunset is movie time (image by writer)
Salts Meats Cheese Menu (from website)
Italian food is available by Salt Meats Cheese. Their signature dish is Truffle Pecorino Pasta but I tried a vegetarian wood-fired pizza: Triple Cheese Truffle Slab with mozzarella, cheddar, parmesan and truffle mascarpone ($14). I'm fussy about pizzas but it was lovely and gooey and just the thing for alfresco eating. You are welcome to take your own picnic if you like (but please don't bring your own alcohol).
Triple Cheese Truffle Slab Pizza (image by writer)
Star Lounge Bar Menu (from website)
Drinks are taken care of with a dedicated cocktail bar. There is 4Pines craft beer and NZ Marlborough Giesen wines. I enjoyed a Aperol Spritz and a glass of Sav Blanc (also available by the bottle). It was seat service so I didn't have to get up once I'd settled down. Last orders for seat service were taken just before the movie started so the wait staff weren't wandering around and obscuring your view of the screen. But of course you can still get up and go to the bar yourself. Water is freely available at the bar.
Aperol Spritz (image by writer)
Openair Bar (image by writer)
The movies being screened are a mixture of box office hits, new releases and cult classics. The remaining films are:
Thurs 9th Flatliners
Fri 10th Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Sat 11th Blade Runner 2049
Sun 12th Grease sing-a-long
Tues 14th Battle of the Sexes
Weds 15th Flatliners
Thurs 16th Proximity
Fri 17th Blade Runner 2049
Sat 18th Home Again
Sun 19th The Mountain Between UsCLOSING NIGHT
Openair Cinema at Southbank (image courtesy of organiser)
For further information on the Openair Cinemas screenings in Brisbane and bookings click here Tip: It's at the Rainforest Green, in the Parkland, on the river at twilight - take the mossie repellent.