Debra, a stay-at-home mum of three, loves experiencing and sharing all that Brisbane has to offer; especially southside secrets.
Cinemas Under the Stars
Brisbane has the ideal climate to watch movies by moonlight, and this summer there is no shortage of outdoor cinemas; from free movies in the park to moonlit movies offering live music and more.
Ben & Jerry's Openair Cinema at South Bank's Cultural Forecourt features new releases like Looper and Killing Them Softly, cult classics such as Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club , and kid's movies too – Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3: Dog Days. Sundae Sessions are sensational with live music, lawn games, and free Ben & Jerry's ice-cream included in admission. General admission tickets cost $15 per adult and $10 per child online, more at the gate. Bean bags, blankets, and deck chairs are available for hire from $2. The Openair Cinema runs from October 21 to November 25, 2012.
Moonlight Cinema, at the Brisbane Powerhouse in New Farm Park, is an outdoor cinema screening new releases, contemporary, and classic movies. Moonlight Cinema's 16th season returns to Brisbane from December 13, 2012 to February 24, 2013. Like their Facebook page to keep up to date or clickhere for more information.
Chinatown Mall Movie Nights are back this summer. Catch a flick under the Grand Awning while feasting on fabulous Chinese food, every Wednesday night from December 5, 2012 until January 23, 2013. Revisit the '80s and '90s with free, retro movies including Ghostbusters, ET, Labyrinth, and Wayne's World. The following participating restaurants will offer special deals to movie viewers: The Dragon Inn, King of Kings, Chingu, Green Tea, Superbowl, Hunan, Happy Chef, and Thai Chiva Suk. Movies will screen from 7pm to 9pm.
Kids can catch a classic Christmas movie on South Bank's Streets Beach when the Holly Jolly Cinema starts this summer, from December 13 to 24, 2012. For more information on these festive free films, click here.
The Manly Chamber of Commerce and the Bayside PCYC present Movies in the Park on the first Saturday of every month. Movies in the Park is a free, community event held at Little Bayside Park in Manly. The next movie screens on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 6:30pm. Click here for more details.
The Brisbane City Council also features free Movies in the Park. On Saturday, December 1, 2012, The Muppets movie will be shown at Streisand Drive Park on Streisand Drive in McDowall. A sausage sizzle and drinks will be available from 5:30pm. Check the council website for upcoming movies in the park.
Free, family movies screen every second and fourth Friday of the month on the Village Green at Sanctuary Cove (Gold Coast). Upcoming films include The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Mr Magorium's Wonder Emporium, The Muppets, Red Dog, and Dark Shadows. For more information, click here.
The original outdoor cinema is the drive-in. Brisbane boasts not one, but two. The Yatala Drive-In (Stapylton), operating since 1974, features new releases on two giant screens seven nights a week. For a nostalgic night, listen to the movie on a conventional window speaker and dine at The Yatala Diner, a '50s style American diner serving burgers, hot dogs, hot chips, choc tops, popcorn, and lollies. Tickets cost $12 per adult and $6 per child.
The Tivoli Drive-In (Chuwar) offers a fun night out for the family. Each Saturday night from October to April, the Tivoli features films on their big screen. The Tivoli Twilight Markets and the Tivoli Kids Club run every fortnight. Parents can meander the markets stalls while kids, from the ages of 4 to 12, enjoy the jumping castle, inflatable climbing wall, beach ball games, and more. Entry costs $10 per car. Gates open at 4pm with the first movie screening at 7pm. Click here for more information.