Summer in Melbourne is all about enjoying the time after the sun sets. Warm nights, refreshing drinks and great entertainment. What better way to kick back an relax that with a tour of the wonderful outdoor cinemas on offer.
Ben & Jerry's Openair Cinemas
So much more than just a night at the movies, the Ben & Jerry's Openair Cinema is a three-week long party. Running from 30 November – 21 December 2014 at the South Beach Reserve in St Kilda, next to the St Kilda Sea Baths, expect loud music, live acts on stage, a lot of sponsor giveaways and of course, great movies. Again a mix of recent blockbuster and classic films will be screened and you're well advised to book and arrive early as these sessions do sell out. For those who prefer the VIP experience, you can book into the Polo Class section, with your own private bean lounger seating with a blanket and cushion, a Ben & Jerry's shorty and softdrink, however places are limited. Sundays here are a sight to behold, with a movie screening, live music and free Ben & Jerry's ice cream for all! Ticket prices range from $19 - $45.
This free outdoor cinema will feature your Christmas favorites this year with The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Miracle on 34th Street. Running from the 6 – 20 December on Saturday nights from 8pm, this mobile outdoor cinema experience will tour the gardens of Boroondara, bringing a family outing to a parks in Hawthorn, North Balwyn and Camberwell. Live music and entrainment will run before each screening also, featuring a line up of local talent. Summertime Cinema is open from 8pm, for an approximate 8.30pm start and entry is free!
Projector Bike Free Friday Night Rides
This is the most participative cinematic experience yet. Join the group a they meet at Testing Grounds, 1 City Road, Southbank, then cycle off around the CBD's art's precinct with the Projector Bike, a custom bicycle with a built-in screening projector. The tour will stop at selected hot-spots throughout the city to screen a short film, then you will continue to the next designated stop as a group. This is a really great and active initiative. This is a free event for all-ages, and those who are over 18 are encouraged to head back to Testing Grounds with you guide and new friends for a beverage and chat. The Projector Bike Friday Night Ride happens on the last Friday of every month (Fri 19 in Dec due to Christmas) and is a free event for all-ages.
If you're from the eastern side of town of just up for an adventure, why not head to the very charming Cameo Cinema. Located at 1628 Burwood Highway Belgrave, settle into your surrounds as you enjoy blockbuster films in the idyllic surrounds of the Dandenong Ranges. Be alert, if you can tear your eyes off the screen you might just spot some wildlife who have come to check out the action. This outdoor cinema is part of a larger indoor cinema complex, so if the weather is not great on your selected night, all is not lost. You have a back-up option on site. Tickets range from $15 - $21.50
The Shadow Electric Open-Air Cinema
Making the most of their elegant and tranquil surroundings, the team at The Shadow Electric are screenings a range of films at the Abbotsford Convent,1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford. The program includes documentaries, cult favorites and new studio release. Expect a mixture of art-house, local and mainstream films, to match the electric crowd and venue. Flicks will include Salinger, The Karate Kid and Death Force. The summer outdoor season will run from 22 Nov-16 Mar 2015 and tickets will set you back between $18 to $21.
Not officially an outdoor cinema, this is one to keep up your sleeve for those rainy summer nights. Located in the open atrium of Southgate, you can recline in the deckchairs as you watch the sunset through the glassed roof and enjoy an outdoor experience while remaining undercover. Best of all, these screenings are free. Southgate is located on the southern banks of the Yarra River in the CBD, just behind the newly renovated Hamer Hall, and within close proximity to trains and trams. Screenings happen every Tuesday at 8.30pm however you're advised to pre-book and get there early.