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Is the MCG the ultimate outdoor cinema venue?
Taking outdoor cinema to a whole other level, the Bank of Melbourne is once again turning the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) into a cinema this February. See the MCG from the perspective of the players and see a good film at the same time!
Two films will be shown over two nights in this amazing space. Moviegoers will get to languish on the turf of this beloved sports ground in a beanbag (if you go for VIP tickets) or on a self-brought blanket (if you go for general admission) while the action from these films sound out across the stadium.
The two films being shown are Wonder, which is being shown on Friday 23 February 2018, and Remember the Titans, which is being shown on Saturday 24 February 2018.
An older movie, the well-known Remember the Titans, also deals with the issue of acceptance, with the movie covering the story of a high school football team and their new African American coach at a time when racial integration was only just introduced into suburban Virginian schools.
The MCG's hallowed turf will be open to cinema-goers from 6.30pm, with the films both starting at 8.30pm on their respective dates. Get in early to grab a good spot!
Take your own beanbag, picnic blanket or yoga mat to ensure you are comfortable as no seating will be provided, and take warm clothing and blankets to stay cosy under the stars.
VIP tickets include an allocated beanbag at the front. Chairs are not allowed as they may damage the turf.
VIP tickets cost $55 and includes entrance into a dedicated VIP area on the ground, underground car parking, a Cadbury chocolate bar and a bean bag, while general admission costs $30 for adults and $25 for children or those with concession and children aged five and under can enter for free.
You can take your own food and non-alcoholic beverages, however, make sure no glass is included in your picnic basket as this item is prohibited within the stadium's grounds.
Proceeds from the event will go to the Bank of Melbourne Neighbourhood Fund, which supports local charities and programs that deliver sustainable benefits to Victorian communities. More information about the Bank of Melbourne Neighbourhood Fund can be found here: info.bankofmelbourne.com.au/communityhub.