Summer on the Sunshine Coast is all about balmy, outdoorsy days, usually spent in close proximity to water, ensuring one can take quick cooling-off dips, frequently. With the oppressive heat that we've been experiencing with the start to summer, the best time to be on the beach would be early evening to enjoy the breezes coming off the ocean, to bid farewell to the sun dipping beyond the horizon and … to catch a movie … on the sand! I love the idea of toes in the sand, whilst stars twinkle overhead in the night sky.
With ten different, gold coin donation, movie dates for Mooloolaba Cinema in the Sand, promising some pretty spectacular movies, why not get there early, grab a bite to eat from one of the local cafe's or restaurants along the Esplanade and settle in on the sand for a night at the movies!
🎬 Mary Poppins Returns | PG Saturday 14 December | 6.00pm to 8.00pm
Mary Poppins, the treasured nanny, is back to work her magic in the musical comedy fantasy, Mary Poppins Returns. According to critics, Mary Poppins Returns is a very worthy sequel to the original movie, bringing with it a nostalgic touch of whimsy, ensuring viewers all leave with a smile on the dial.
🎬 A Wrinkle in Time | PG Saturday 21 December | 6.00pm to 8.00pm
A Wrinkle in Time is a science fantasy adventure from the world of Disney. It tells the story of three children and three magical beings, all trying to find a missing physicist, whilst protecting the universe from being taken over by evil.
🎬 Aladdin | PG Saturday 28 December | 6.00pm to 8.00pm
Take a magic carpet ride in the ever-entertaining movie, Aladdin. Aladdin stumbles upon a magic oil lamp that releases a strapping, witty, larger-than-life genie. Together, Aladdin and the genie take on a dangerous mission to stop an evil sorcerer from bringing down a kingdom.
I've never seen Johnny English Strikes Again, but I certainly can vouch for Rowan Atkinson from his Mr Bean days - I've always loved his nutty humour and total craziness and certainly cannot imagine him as an undercover James Bond type.
A cyber-attack reveals the identities of all active undercover agents in England and Johnny English (aka Mr Bean) is the secret service's last hope. Johnny English is called out of retirement to dive headfirst into action, with the mission to find the mastermind hacker. Johnny English Strikes Again's genre is action comedy and is the third movie in the Johnny English series.
The Wizard of Oz is a true classical musical fantasy and is actually celebrating its 80th birthday this year (2019). The story is about a twister uprooting a Kansas farm girl and her little dog and dropping them over the rainbow, smack bang in the middle of a candy-coloured fantasy land, populated with witches, wizards and munchkins.
I'm not sure if this particular Wizard of Oz is a remake or an 'original' but no matter, movie fans will have the opportunity to go off to seek the truth behind the wonderful Wizard of Oz!
🎬 Paddington | PG
Saturday 11 January | 6.00pm to 8.00pm
Who doesn't love Paddington the bear? Paddington is all about a young Peruvian bear, who actually walks and talks. This adventurous young bear's travels take him from the jungles of Peru to London, searching for a new home.
🎬 Monster Trucks | PG
Wednesday 15 January | 6.00pm to 8.00pm
The main character of Monster Trucks is Tripp, a high school student, bored with his small-town life. Tripp spends all of his spare time dreaming about driving his engineless broken-down Dodge pick-up truck and escaping his home town. When a 'monster' crawls up inside the engine bay of Tripp's truck, it turns the truck into a monster truck that can climb walls, drive over rooftops and jump across buildings.
🎬 Early Man | PG
Saturday 18 January | 6.00pm to 8.00pm
Set in prehistoric times when woolly mammoths and other ancient creatures roamed the earth, Early Man is the story of a courageous caveman named Dug, who with his buddy, Hognob, unite their tribe against the mighty Bronze Age, in a battle to beat them at their own game.
A top notch detective mysteriously disappears, prompting his son, Tim, to try to find his missing father. Assisting Tim in the investigation is the adorable super-sleuth Detective Pikachu. Tim discovers that he is the only human who can actually communicate with Pikachu, ensuring that these two very unlikely partners are uniquely equipped to join forces in unravelling the twisted mystery.
🎬 Toy Story 4 | G
Saturday 25 January | 6.00pm to 8.00pm
A new toy named Forky joins Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the Toy Story 4 clan on a road trip with Bonnie. The exciting trip turns into an unexpected reunion as Woody's slight detour leads him to his long-lost friend, Bo Peep. Woody and Bo Peep reminisce about the 'old' days, realising that they are actually worlds apart when it comes down to what they want and expect from life, as a toy.
It's lights, camera, action down on the sand in front of Loo with a View, as Mooloolaba Cinema in the Sand kicks off for the summer holidays. Times given for all movies is 6.00pm to 8.00pm with the aim for the movies to commence at sundown - being summer this could vary night by night.
Bring some chairs and picnic rugs for a fabulous night out on Mooloolaba's beach!