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It's the first day of summer, and it can only mean one thing - Australia's favourite outdoor cinema, Moonlight Cinema, is back again for another season of blockbuster movies, family favourites and some new releases. Held in the glorious gardens around Australia's capital cities, the Moonlight Cinema runs Tuesdays to Sundays from December through to March.

Moonlight Cinema, Outdoor Cinema, Outdoor Movies, Things to do in summer, Botanic Park
Image courtesy Moonlight Cinema


The Moonlight Cinema is held in each of the capital cities at the follow venues over summer :

Adelaide : Botanic Park (1st Dec - 18 Feb)
Brisbane : New Farm Park (7th Dec - 4th Mar)
Melbourne : Botanic Gardens (1st Dec - 1st Apr)
Perth : Kings Park (2nd Dec - 1st Apr)
Sydney : Centennial Park (1st Dec - 1st Apr)

Moonlight Cinema, Outdoor Cinema, Outdoor Movies, Things to do in summer, Botanic Park
Image courtesy Moonlight Cinema


The 2017/18 season features many great current and past movies including Home Again, Murder on the Orient Express, Bad Moms 2, The Mountain Between Us, The Man Who Invented Christmas, Star Wars : The Last Jedi and Jumanji. In addition there will be a number of new or advanced screenings of upcoming movies like Pitch Perfect 3, Ferdinand, Paddington 2, Breathe and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri and many more. For a complete list of the movies on show in your capital city, click on the capital city links above.

The season also features some special fan's favourite movies at a discounted price of $13 for general admission. Voting on the three favourites this year has completed, and there will be special showings of Dirty Dancing, Love Actually and The Breakfast Club during the coming season.

Moonlight Cinema, Outdoor Cinema, Outdoor Movies, Things to do in summer, Botanic Park
Image courtesy Moonlight Cinema


But the Moonlight Cinema is not just about the movies, it is about the environment which facilitates a picnic atmosphere. So why not make a night of it, and either bring your own favourite foods and drinks, or perhaps enjoy some great food, drink, ice creams or chocolate on offer from some of the local stalls or some of the wandering vendors.

For those looking to watch a movie in comfort, well here is your opportunity to make this your own. Bring your picnic rugs, cushions, blankets or low beach chairs and spread out on the lawns for a great night. Alternatively, if bringing equipment is not to your liking, then a limited number of Bean Beds are available for hire or you can upgrade your experience by purchasing a Gold Grass or Connoisseur Lounge ticket which comes complete with everything you need.

Moonlight Cinema, Outdoor Cinema, Outdoor Movies, Things to do in summer, Botanic Park
Image courtesy Moonlight Cinema


Being an outdoor cinema, the weather does play a significant part in the event and in most cases does not impact the experience. However, there are the occasional times when the weather turns very inclement and alternative arrangements are required. To keep up to date on any changes as a result of the weather, make sure you check the Moonlight Cinema's facebook page for the latest updates.

Tickets start at $19 for adults ($17 in Brisbane), with discounts available for concession holders, students, children and families. Gold Grass tickets are $35 each.

Moonlight Cinema, Outdoor Cinema, Outdoor Movies, Things to do in summer, Botanic Park
Image courtesy Moonlight Cinema


Further details on the Moonlight Cinema, facilities and parking is available from the Moonlight Cinema website or their facebook page. And for those attending the cinema, don't forget to post your favourite moments on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #moolightcinema.
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Why? Why stay inside and watch a movie when you can go outside ?
When: Dec 2017 - Mar 2018
Where: Cities across Australia
Cost: As per tickets at each location
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