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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Movies for free under the stars

The Boorondara Council is showing off its green belt again by showing free films under the stars in some of it's grandest parks.

This is a great chance to move outside on a hot night under the cooling and leafy surrounds of some fine old trees.

You can bring your own BYO rug and picnic basket filled with treats and a bottle of wine or there are opportunities to buy food onsite.

Summertime Cinema is open from 8pm for an approximate 8.30pm start and also includes pre- screening entertainment beforehand.

Entry of course is free.

Greythorn Park, North Balwyn
Labyrinth (PG)
When: Saturday 5 December

This is of course a classic. David Bowie stars as the goblin king, Jareth, who steals the young Sarah's (Jennifer Connely) baby brother.

To get her baby brother back, Sarah must battle her way through the Labyrinth to reach the castle of the goblin king and save her brother.

Fabulously movie. Slightly gothic but with a PG rating. Showcase for the fantastic talents of George Lucas, Jim Henson and Monty Python's Terry Jones.

Duration: 101 minutes

Riversdale Park, Camberwell
Shall We Dance (G)
When: Saturday 12 December
With pre- screening entertainment from Hawthorn Band.

With no other than Fred Astair and Ginger Rogers. This is the 1937 original that features the undisputed king and queen of dance whirling their way across the silver screen.

It starts with a publicity stunt involving a fake marriage but then things just don't go as planned.

You will enjoy a night of singing and dancing at its finest with Fred's flair and Ginger's grace. Not to mention the good music from the Gerswhin brothers.

Duration: 109 minutes

Central Gardens, Hawthorn
Girls Just Want to Have Fun (PG)
When: Saturday 19 December

Although I guess girls just want to have fun every night they can certainly have it on this night.

It has the tunes, it has the moves and by the end of the night you'll just want to dance!

Janey Glenn and Lynee Stone are the girls who want to appear on 'Dance TV' and get the opportunity to audition for the hit TV show.

Although they have to fight their way to get there.

Starring the very young Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Hunt and Shannen Doherty, Girls Just Want to Have Fun is a great fund movie. Bring your girlfriends

Duration: 90 minutes

Getting there:

Each Summertime Cinema venue is within walking distance public transport.

➢ Greythorn Park, North Balwyn
o Bus 284 towards Box Hill

Directions: Get off at stop Sweyn St/Greythorn Road (Balwyn North)
Walk along Greythorn Road, turn right at Frank Street, continue onto Greythorn Park.
➢ Riversdale Park, Camberwell

o Tram 70 towards Wattle Park via Swan Street

Directions: Get off at stop 47 - Willow Grove/Riversdale Road (Canterbury)
Continue along Riversdale Road, turn right at Anniversary Outer Circle Trail, continue onto Riversdale Park

o Train Alamein

Directions: Get off at Riversdale Station.
Continue along Wandin Road, turn left at Riversdale Road, turn left at Spencer Road, take sharp right at Anniversary Outer Circle Trail, continue onto Riversdale Park

➢ Central Garden, Hawthorn

o Bus 624 towards Kew

Directions: Get off at Auburn Railway Station (Hawthorn)
Continue along Auburn Road, turn left at Allen Street, turn right at Henry Street, continue onto Central Gardens

o Train Lillydale/Belgrave

Directions: Get off at Glenferrie Station (Hawthorn)
Continue along Alfred Street, turn right at Wakefield Street, turn left at William Street, continue onto Central Gardens

o Tram 16 towards Kew via St. Kilda

Directions: Get off at stop 74 Glenferrie Station/Glenferrie Road (Hawthorn) Continue along Glenferrie Road, turn right at Wakefield Street, turn left at William Street, continue onto Central Gardens

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When: 5th and 12th and 19th of December
Phone: 9278 4770
Where: Various parks see article
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Great article!
by Chris Carvill (score: 2|322) 1664 days ago
That's a lovely line up of movies. I particulalry like the Labyrinth.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7956) 1645 days ago
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