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Outdoor movies, beautiful gardens, food and wine this autumn
Sunset Cinema, a long-time favourite of Sydney outdoor cinema goers, is making its much-anticipated debut in Brisbane this autumn, running from Thursday 15 March to Saturday 7 April. And the breathtaking backdrop for this cinematic spread will be Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens, one of Brisbane's favourite outdoor spaces.
Sunset Cinema isn't just about the movies, although they're certainly the star of the show. You can enjoy a full sensory experience lying on the manicured lawn under clear Brisbane autumn night skies, and enjoying a range of food and drink options, depending on your choice of ticket.
Opening night begins at 5pm with a live performance by Fernando Aragones, follwed by the 6pm screening of Molly's Game, starring Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba. It's the story of former skier, Molly Bloom who ran a high-stakes poker game for the rich and famous.
Other highlights of the three-week program are The Post on Saturday 24 March, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks; a special advance screening on Wednesday 28 March, of the new Aardman (Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run) venture Early Man, with voices by Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston and Timothy Spall; and on Tuesday 3 April, the P.T Barnum musical bio-pic, The Greatest Showman with Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams and Zac Efron. See the full program here so you can pick your favourites and plan your viewing.
General Admission: Standard entry. Adults $17, Concession $14. You can hire a backrest or bean bag online or at the event or BYO cushions, picnic rugs or small camping chairs.
Groupies Ticket: Admits 4 people for $55.
Midweek Twin Ticket: Admits 2 Adults for $30
Citroen Lawn Lounge: Entry for 1 (adult or child) $50, Dinner from the Dapper and Chic - download their Sunset Cinema menu here; a glass of MadFish wine or 4 Pines beer; a reserved Bean Lounger; and a bag of Cobs popcorn. These tickets are very popular and some screenings have already sold out. Check the program for details.