I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
Picnic At The Flicks
Balmy Sydney evenings are made for outdoor activities such as the Moonlight Cinema in Centennial Park. Greater Union operates outdoor cinemas in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth as well. Choose your movie and book online or try your luck at the venue box office on the night.
The program has a variety of movies to suit all tastes and many new releases are available. We chose to attend the M rated 'chick flick' drama The Light Between Oceans and the audience was predominantly female. I feel the setting added to the atmosphere of the outdoor scenes and I was surprised at how quiet the audience was during the movie.
The gates opened at 7pm and there was a steady stream of patrons arriving with blankets, chairs, food and drink. Some people elected to hire a bean bag lounge for $9 and purchase their food and drink and others chose the 'luxury' Gold Grass option with waiter service and premium bean bag seating.
As it became darker it became easier to see the images on screen. The main event did not commence until 9pm but there were commercials and movie trailers prior. I feel it could have started earlier as it was dark enough and it made for quite a late night due to the movie length. The quality of the image projection on the inflatable screen and the sound quality was surprisingly good and did not detract from the impact of the movie.
Well behaved pets are allowed to attend and the couple of dogs in attendance did not bother anyone. Food and drink is available at the back but service stops before the movie begins, and there are plenty of toilets. If you decide to attend it is a good idea to bring a jacket and insect repellent and to check the information regarding wet weather.
I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and the experience and hope to return. I will be checking the website on January 19 for the February program, for a sci-fi screening such as Passengers.