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Friends, food and film under the moonlight
If watching a movie in a cinema isn't a unique enough experience for you, why not enjoy an outdoor cinema experience under the moonlight? Enjoy the latest releases or re-watch the favourite classics from the comfort of your own beanbed under the Summer's starry sky!
Moonlight Cinema is Australia's largest and most iconic outdoor open-air cinema during summertime. This is a unique cinema experience and it takes place in the picturesque Belvedere Amphitheatre, in the heart of Centennial Park.
This year, Moonlight Cinema will have an epic program of the biggest summer films, including a good selection of advanced screenings, as well as fan favourites such as Love Actually and Back to the Future.
Their biggest drawcard for me was the 'Gold Grass' area. The $35 Gold Grass Package includes entry and you will get your own beanbed in the premium viewing location on the lawn. Wait service is also included. This means you don't even need to lift your finger (well almost) - the staff will take your order and serve refreshments straight from the fully licensed bar and food truck.
Think of the Gold Grass Package as "Business Class" and the normal adult ticket ($19) is more like the "Economy Class", where you bring your own picnic mat, seek out your food and drinks and viewing locations are slightly off the side.
It was quite magical to watch the sunset over the park while we lay on our own beanbag with ample leg room. The atmosphere was relaxed and calm and it was a good fun time to chat with friends and family.
Moonlight Cinema is picnic and dog-friendly, so pack a picnic basket, rug and the pooch, and come and enjoy a night under the stars.
If this is your first time, the entry may be slightly difficult to find, the Belvedere Amphitheatre is located on the corner of Carrington Dr and Broome Ave, Paddington. The nearest gates to the cinema are the Woollahra Gates on Oxford Street. Limited free parking is available.
You can bring your own beanbags, pillows and picnic blankets, I do think the plastic backed ones are better in case the ground is damp. You can rent out the beanbed (limited quantity are available) for additional $9.
There are food options available (but limited) onsite and you can purchase drinks from a licensed bar. You're welcome to buy food and drink at the venue or bring your own food and drinks including alcohol. All food service concludes at the commencement of the film.
It is strongly encouraged to arrive when gates open to make the most of this experience.
Movies begin at approximately at sunset:
Dec-Feb – Gates open at 7pm. Screenings start at sundown (approximately 8:30pm)
Mar-Apr – Gates open at 6.30pm. Screenings start at sundown (approximately 8.00pm)
It is highly recommend that you book ahead to secure your place.
If you're going to have a picnic dinner, try to position yourself closer to the screen as the audio isn't as clear to hear towards the back. If you've got a premium ticket with beanbags included (these are in better viewing spots than the picnic blanket area), you don't need to arrive as early.
Bear in mind, it is an outdoor event, do bring a scarf or jacket with you as the temperature might drop in the evening. Insect repellent spray is not a bad idea.
This is an iconic event loved by tens of thousands of Sydneysiders and visitors every year. Why not enjoy a premium open-air movie experience at Moonlight Cinema. It is the perfect setting for a romantic date or a fun night out with friends.