With views of the Perth skyline surrounding the big screen of some of your favourite films, Rooftop Movies provides a different take on the experience of going to the cinema. You'll be sitting among the trademark pink plastic flamingoes, sipping on some cider (you are able to bring your own snacks, but the venue is licensed) as you relax into a striped deckchair and enjoy the show.
Their opening night on Thursday the 18th of October sees the screening of Rolf De Heer's Ten Canoes, which offers "A glimpse into aboriginal life centuries before European settlement." The very next night we flip back into Hollywood cinema, with Drive, starring Ryan Gosling.
It's clear that Rooftop Movies is going to offer a vast range of films this season, ranging from festival fare to some Hollywood classics. Check out the full program on their website.
Standard tickets are $10, and if you need parking -the movies are located on top of the Roe St car park in Northbridge- that's another $8.50. There are also options to purchase package deals that include multiple screenings, such as the Pridefest Filmfest Pass, which allows you to see five films for $40. Similar passes include Halloween Horror Classics like Halloween, The Omen, and Strippers Vs. Warewolves (for something different).
The place is easy to spot from the city, all you have to do is look up and notice the palm trees, strings of glowing lights and of course the cinema screen. I attended a popular sci-fi screening last season and the atmosphere was friendly and welcoming, contributing to an experience I'll never forget; one I'll definitely want to repeat this summer.
Make a night of it and have dinner in Northbridge before you head up the elevator, sit under the stars and see what Rooftop Movies is all about.