Outdoor cinemas are arguably one of the most popular activities for Melbourne summer months, and for those who have sat under the stars on a balmy night, it's easy to understand why. From rooftops to rainforests, film screens have been popping up all over town to entertain those seeking to make the most of those summer nights.
To add to the bevy of outdoor cinemas is The Stringybark Cinema, launching this January at the picturesque Emu Plains Reserve in Balnarring. The folk from Blow Up Cinema have teamed up with the Emu Plains Market to bring a new outdoor cinema experience to the Mornington Peninsula. Under the canopy of majestic stringy bark gums, viewers will enjoy a range of classic films on a six metre screen, with live entertainment and even free deckchairs for those who like to lounge.
Stringybark Cinema 2016
Films will be screened every Saturday, with gates opening at 6.30pm. Get in early to enjoy the atmosphere and sample some of the great street food and wine on offer. The fully licensed bar will also give movie goers the chance to sample some local Peninsula favourites such as Quealy Wines and beers from the Red Hill Brewery. Quealy Wines Quealy is renowned for their innovative and highly defined winemaking style, while The Red Hill Brewery is a unique, independent microbrewery that prides themselves on creating classic European beer styles.
Great Local Food and Drinks at the Stringybark Cinema
For a great feed, be sure to check out the food trucks. The Calamari Brothers will be serving up delicious and fresh seafood from the Peninsula, while Little Bites Co do a unique taco with a twist. The usual movie favourites such as choc tops, candy and popcorn will also be available. Both kids and adults will also find it hard to resist the speciality ice-cream sandwiches.
Back to the Future Playing at the Stringybark Cinema
The inaugural screening on the 9th January will be eighties classic Back to the Future, with the unforgettable Marty McFly and his eccentric scientist friend the 'Doc'. Other cult favourites fill up the program with something for the whole family. Even if you've seen them countless times, films such as The Sound of Music and Stand By Me are even better outdoors with a picnic and the night sky for company. The full program is available online and internet bookings are highly recommended.
The cinema is located an easy 50 minutes drive from the CBD with plenty of free parking on site. Group bookings over 10 people receive a 20% discount, and children under five enjoy for free. For a fantastic summer night with the family or a date for two, don't miss this outdoor cinema in a one of a kind setting.
Outdoor cinemas are springing up al over and what a great way to enjoy our climate and to have a family outing. Similar evening s run at Wilson Botanic Park - details on the City of Casey website and at the State Cola MIne (tourist attraction) in Wonthaggi.