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New releases under the stars - Magic Mike XXL or Oddball?
With the warmer upon us, there is nothing better than getting out in the light evenings and enjoying the longer days. If you love going to see a movie at the cinema, why not combine the two and check out the IMB Sunset Cinema at the Australian National Botanical Gardens. Back for their fourth season, the movies will be running four nights a week from Friday 13th November through to Saturday 19th December, with latest release movies to watch whilst the sun sets.
If your kids haven't seen the Australian family movie "Oddball" starring Shane Jacobson, then this would be an ideal opportunity to see it together in the gardens. It is a heart warming story about a dog called Oddball who protects a colony of penguins on an island, based on a true story.
The IMB Sunset Cinema have made Wednesday nights "Girls Night Out", which includes the steamy "Magic Mike XXL" on the list of chick flicks. Sit back with a wine or beer from the MadFish Wine Bar (BYO not permitted) and get your catcalls ready for the show.
Source: IMB Sunset Cinema Facebook.
There is a great range of flicks to enjoy including the Matt Damon release "The Martian", "Miss You Already" starring Toni Collette with Drew Barrymore, Daniel Craig's "The Spectre", as well as the thought provoking "He Named Me Mahala" about the events leading up to the Talibans' attack on the young Pakistani school girl, Malala Yousafzai.
For a full list of movies, see here. You can buy your tickets at the gate, however to ensure you get your spot on the grass buy your tickets online prior to the evening.
Get comfy and hire a beanbag. Source: IMB Sunset Cinema Facebook.
If the thought of sitting on the ground for the duration of the movie doesn't sound comfortable, there are bean bags and chairs to hire or you can bring your own. Seating is unreserved, apart from The Wholesome Food Company Lawn Lounge where your beanbed will be pre-positioned in prime viewing location if you book this ahead of time (60 tickets per screening available).
The Wholesome Food Company Lawn Lounge, 2014. Source: IMB Sunset Cinema Facebook.
This popular event is a highlight of the Summer events calendar. With beautiful surrounds, latest release movies, delicious food on offer and a stocked bar, these evenings will be a hit over the Summer nights. See their website and Facebook for more details. Also check their FAQ page for their terms and conditions of what to do if it rains.
Whilst there, keep an eye out for some local moviegoers on the lawns...
What are you all doing here? Source: IMB Sunset Cinema Facebook.
Where:Eucalyptus Lawn, Australian Botanical Gardens,Clunies Ross St, Acton ACT 2601
Cost: $18 adults. $11 child (aged 5 - 13). $15 concession. Children under 5 is free. Wednesday nights have 2 tickets for $28. Online purchases attract a booking & transaction fee. If you buy tickets at the gate the prices will be a few dollars more each.