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Top 10 Outdoor Cinemas in Sydney

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Published November 8th 2017
The Best Things in Life are Outdoors
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Outdoor Cinema in Style (by St George Open Air Cinema)


Cinemas offer an escape from the weather to enjoy a blockbuster in air-conditioned comfort, but during summer, escape into Sydney's best outdoor cinemas to watch the the latest films as the sun sets. Choose from these top 10 outdoor cinemas for the best movie magic in Sydney.

Mov'in Bed - Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park - until 10 December 2017
The outdoor cinema starts early in the east, but you'll keep warm in the beds, big enough for 3 people.

The pop-up restaurants bring a gourmet selection to the bedside, including pretzels from the Bavarian, beef or mushroom burgers, Tuscan chicken salad, and Banoffee pie.

The season includes recent releases - Atomic Blonde, Beauty and the Beast, It, and American Made, and fan favourites - Harry Potter, Toy Story, Titanic, and Kill Bill.

Tickets start at $37 for a bed, or $15 for a place on the grass. Book tickets at Mov'in Bed.


American Express Openair Cinemas - Camperdown - 29 November to 20 December 2017
On the Gadigal Green, next to the Sydney Uni Sports and Aquatic Centre on King St, roll out the rug or slouch in a cushioned lounger.

Rebadged by American Express after Ben and Jerry brought the ice cream last year, the 2018 season of 15 films includes new releases - Thor: Ragnarok, Blade Runner 2049, Battle of the Sexes and Bad Moms 2, and retro classics - Love Actually, Elf and Dirty Dancing.

Sip a sundowner, wine or craft beer with a dinner of pasta with truffles, wood-fired pizza or arancini antipasti. Swipe your Amex card for a 15% discount on the $20 tickets or $17 for concessions. Book tickets at American Express Openair Cinemas.


Movies by the Boulevard - Olympic Park - 12 - 28 January 2018
During the school holidays, children of all ages can watch blockbusters at the site of the best Olympics, in Cathy Freeman Park.

Arrive early, at 6pm, for the kid's activities, grabbing dinner from the food stalls before the films, including Wonder Woman, Lion, Lego Batman, and Pirates of the Caribbean, start at 8.30pm.

Tickets are free. View the full program at the Sydney Olympic Park website.

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Snuggle Up at the Cinema (by Mov'in Bed)


St George OpenAir Cinema - Mrs Macquaries Point - 7 January - 17 February 2018
At one of the best places in Sydney to watch the sunset, the tiered seating at the St George OpenAir Cinema is a delightful spot for a movie, with the Opera House and Harbour Bridge as your setting.

The dining menu, prepared by Matt Moran's Aria restaurant, matches the views, with king prawns, smoked wagyu beef, Korean style chicken for starters, beer battered fish and chips, lamb and veggie pies, Atlantic salmon and wagyu beef burgers for mains.

Share a champagne with Sydney's celebrities as the paparazzi snap photos for the social pages.

The season, to be announced in mid-December, will feature the best films of 2017, the new releases in summer 2018 and a few exclusive premieres and previews.

Book early though - tickets, costing $39, always sell out quickly. View the details at St George OpenAir Cinema.


Moonlight Cinema - Centennial Park - 1 December 2017 to 1 April 2018
In these peaceful parklands, as the sun goes down (approx. 8.15pm), catch the biggest films of the 2017/18 summer season.

Tickets are $19 for adults, $16.50 concession and $15 for Cinebuzz members. The upgraded Gold Grass ticket for $35 includes your own bean bed as the hosts deliver your food and drink.

The food trucks have studied the menu from Happy Days, serving cheeseburger sliders, New Yorker chilli cheese dogs southern fried chicken, nachos and churros. The bar serves beer and wine, or you can BYO snacks and drinks.

The cinema is dog-friendly. Book tickets at Moonlight Cinema.


Flickerfest - Bondi Beach - 12 - 21 January 2018
After a day at the beach, walk into the Pavilion as the stars come out in the skies and the silver screen for the International Short Film Festival.

The selection includes Academy Award winners, drama, thrillers, comedies, docos and animation. The judges are currently hand-picking 100 short films from the thousands of international entries, with a special emphasis on Aussie talent.

To view the program and book tickets, visit Flickerfest.


Sydney Hills Outdoor Cinema - Castle Hill - 11 January - 18 February 2018
The north-west finally has an outdoor film experience worthy of a night in nature. For a month in summer, enjoy new releases and classics, with the program to be announced shortly.

In 2017, it featured Arrival, Rogue One, Pretty Woman and Grease.

The lawns are lined with beanbags and deckchairs, but you can treat yourself with the Koala Class, including a king-sized bedroom suite with blankets and butler service.

Book tickets, starting at $19 for adults, at Sydney Hills.

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The Cinema Starts with the Sun Sets (by Sunset Cinema)


Sunset Cinema - North Sydney - 18 January - 24 March 2018
In North Sydney Oval, the cricket pitch is cleared for the excitement of outdoor cinema. The season spills into autumn, with films for kids, couples and superheroes on show.

The program will be released shortly but it will feature the biggest blockbusters and premieres of 2018, mixed with classics and themed nights, including a romantic evening for Valentines Day.

Book tickets at Sunset Cinema.


Drive In - Blacktown - year-round
Outdoor cinema can be spoilt with rain or frosty weather, but on Cricketers Arms Rd, Blacktown, you can control the climate while watching the latest films through your windshield.

When the weather is warm, pull up a reclining chair or lean back on the bonnet to watch films in the open air.

Tickets start at $12.50 per person, for films starting at 8pm and 11.15pm. Book tickets at Event Cinemas.


Tropfest - Parramatta Park - 24 February 2018 8pm
Until January 11, you can still submit at entry in the world's largest short film festival, as the 16 finalists are broadcast in world premieres on Saturday.

Each film features the 'Tropfest Signature Item'. In previous years, the TSI has been a kiss, sneeze, bubble and pineapple. In 2018, the TSI is a rose.

Entry is free and the festival includes talks and a junior section, beginning at midday.

Watch the best entries from previous years at YouTube.

Entry is free. View the details at Tropfest.


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Hi Barry, the Mov'in Bed pictures appears with the boulevard Cinema, it's a bit confusing. Would you be able to update it ? Thank you very much.
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