Situated atop the Roe Street Car Park in Northbridge, Rooftop Movies is a fun and quirky take on the classic pastime of going to the cinema. You wouldn't know that this place is the top of a car park (except for the stunning views) when you step out of the elevator. It feels more like a party or arts festival, and in a way it is; because it's created by the producers of fringe world. Striped deck chairs line up in rows on bright green turf, with a healthy dose of plastic flamingos scattered around the place. When you enter, the cheery staff check your tickets (or you can buy them at the door) and politely check your bag to ensure no illicit substances are being brought in. It is fine to bring your own snacks, which is a lot easier on the pocket than most trips to the cinema.
Once you are in the movie "theatre" properly, it really is a sight to behold. Little caravans selling drinks and popcorn line the edge of one side, whilst a small stage with a DJ is in one corner, for those who feel like having a dance. Yes, you heard me right; there is live music entertainment before the screenings. None of this sitting in the dark listening to boring elevator-style music, not here. On the opposite side of the roof is what you came for - the big screen. You can find a seat on the numerous deckchairs or there are even large beanbags down the front. I would definitely suggest bringing a blanket and maybe even a pillow, depending on how comfortable you want to be.
The rooftop has the perfect atmosphere to socialise or simply take in the view as you wait for the movie to begin. I went to a double screening, which had a science fiction theme, and between films there was an intermission to allow you time to refill your drinks and go to the bathroom. The toilets are located downstairs, which is a bit of pain, but I doubt anything could really be done to change that, and they were definitely better than a smelly port-a-loo.
All in all, Rooftop Movies was a great thing to do in Perth that was different and entertaining. I hope they are back next season, and I will definitely be going there again before this season is over. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased at their website.