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Melbourne's Best Outdoor Cinemas

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by Charelle (subscribe)
Freelance writer, science student and incurable smart aleck.
Published November 24th 2012
During summer, nothing is better than being outside when the cool reprieve of night rolls in to sooth our boiling bodies.

Summer is all about outside. Beaches, picnics, water fights (pending easing of water restrictions of course.) Another option is to relax outdoors and watch a movie. Thankfully, in Melbourne, we are spoilt of choice in regards to outdoor cinemas. Here are just a few options to suit all tastes and budgets.

Boroondara Summertime Cinema

The Boroondara City Council is once again screening films in various public parks. All sessions are FREE which makes them perfect for those on a tight budget. Screening on Saturdays, beginning December 1st and running until the 15th.

December 1st: Footloose - Burwood Reserve, 282B Warrigal Road, Burwood from 8pm

December 8th - Shrek - Greythorn Park, Frank Street, Balwyn North from 8pm

December 15th - Romeo and Juliet - Highfield Park, Riversdale Road, Camberwell from 8pm

For more information

Royal Botanic Gardens - Moonlight Cinema

Arguably on of Melbourne's most famous outdoor cinematic experiences. Set amoungst the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens, on the Central Lawn, the Moonlight Cinema is a MUST. Screening a variety of film, from new releases to cult classics, there is sure to be something for everyone. Running from December through to March check out the website for more information on movies shown, dates and times.

Address: Alexandra Avenue Melbourne
Adults tickets: $18 Concession: $16

Abbotsford Convent Outdoor Cinema : The Shadow Electric

An amazing little gem, located in the historic Abbotsford Convent. Comprising of an outdoor and indoor section, as well as a bar that serves both food and delicious drinks, why not treat yourself to a new kind of outdoor cinematic experience? Screening Thursday to Sundays.

Address: 1 St Heliers Street Melbourne VIC 3067
Cost: $20 Adult $17 concession
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Cameo Outdoor Cinema

The Dandenong Ranges has to be one of my most loved locations on Earth. Belgrave being especially close to my heart. A movie at the Cameo is the perfect setting for a romantic date. What could be better than watching a movie outside, with a subtropical rainforest as a backdrop? Screening new release films from December right through to April, I could not recommend this hidden gem enough!

Address: 1628 Burwood Highway Belgrave Vic
Cost: Adult: $19.50 Concession 16.50 Kids (3-14) 13.50 CHEAP TUESDAY $10.50

For movie schedule visit

Ben and Jerry's Open Air Cinema

Located in St Kilda, this is yet another open air cinema with an amazing view! Featuring live music, licensed bar and free ice-cream on Sundays for their 'Sundae Sessions' this is truly fantastic. Pack a picnic, or buy some of the gourmet food onsite if you're feeling like a real night off. Running from 2nd December until the 6th of January take your mum, your dad, your kids or even your dog (yes, dogs are allowed)

Address: South Beach Reserve, Next to St Kilda Sea Baths; 10-18 Jacka Boulevard St Kilda VIC 3182

Cost: Adults:$22.90 Concession: $15.90 Under 5: FREE Dogs: free, must be on lead and on their best doggy behaviour.

For movie schedule visit

Rooftop Cinema

No outdoor cinema list would be complete without mentioning the Rooftop Cinema at Curtin House. As the name suggests, it is located on the roof of Curtin House. Come along, chill on deckchairs and enjoy a film, a nice cocktail at the bar and the picturesque sunset over the skyscrapers.

Address: 7/252 Swanston Street Melbourne VIC

Cost: Adult: $22.70 Concession: $18.60

For movie schedule visit

With all these options at your disposal this summer, why not try something a little different to your typical indoor affair?
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