Which Sydney Outdoor Cinemas to visit before Winter hits

crowd on grass watching film at sunset ciinema

Pack a picnic and go watch a film alfresco style.

With a bit of sunshine and warm weather, these isn’t much Australians won’t do outside. Open air cinemas have become a popular hit over the last couple of years, with venues overlooking Sydney Harbour, to cinemas in local football fields. With winter slowly creeping up, the outdoor cinema season is coming to a close, and if you haven’t watched a movie under the stars, then book in your tickets because this is an experience you don’t want to miss. It’s great way to spend an evening with friends or a date, so pop your popcorn, bring a long a picnic of wine and cheese,  and don’t forget your Aeroguard.

Moonlight Cinema

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Where: Centennial Park
When: Until April 2

The Moonlight Cinema is a huge, grassy hill space located in Centennial Park, and very easy to reach by foot, bike or public transport.

Over its last few weeks, Moonlight Cinema is showing some of Hollywood’s most beloved 80s classics, including Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (March 16) and The Breakfast Club (March 9), as well as the cult-favourite musical, The Rocky Horror Picture Show (March 23).

You can catch some of the latest flicks as well. The 2017 Academy Award Winner for Best Picture Moonlight, is screening on March 12, with Best Picture Nominee Lion, following on March 17, among plenty of others.

Moonlight Cinema is BYO food and drink (alcohol included), but you can always grab some snacks from the many food trucks on site too. You can also rent a bean bag lounge, or book in at Gold Grass for something a little more special.

Be careful, it fills up fast, and crowds line up from 5pm before screenings to nab a seat, so take a picnic and settle down for a meal before the show starts to guarantee yourself a great view.

Moonlight Cinema
Belvedere Amphitheatre, Centennial Park
Nearest gates to the cinema are the Woollahra Gates on Oxford Street.
Click here for more info.

Skyline Drive In Cinema

retro style diner at blacktown Skyline Drive In
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Where: Blacktown
When: Until April 17

This cinema is really one-of-a-kind in Sydney. A throwback to 1950s suburban America, Skyline is a classic Grease-style drive in cinema in Blacktown, complete with authentic diner straight out of Happy Days where you can grab all the snacks you could ever desire. Roll up to the screen (first in, best parked), and enjoy a flick from the comfort of your own car.

Each film runs for a few days, so there’s plenty of time to catch the one you’re looking for. In the upcoming calendar, you can see Hugh Jackman’s last appearance as the iconic X-Men, Wolverine, in Logan (March 8 – 15), Disney’s re-booted Beauty and the Beast (March 23 – 26), and the latest installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise: The Fate of the Furious (April 12 – 17).

With two screens, rather than a speakers to hear, just tune your car to the allocated station to listen.

Skyline Drive In Cinema
Cricketers Arms Road, Blacktown
Click here for more info.

Sunset Cinema

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Where: North Sydney
Where: Until March 18

Sunset Cinema is located in St Leonards Park where there are plenty of bus routes and within a short walk of North Sydney train station. It’s flat, grassy area perfect for laying down a picnic rug or with a low lying picnic chair (we recommend bringing a pillow, too!). Tickets are limited, and the screen is big, so there’s not a bad seat in the house.

Food is BYO, however the venue is fully licensed and alcohol can be found at MadFish Wine Bar on site, and there’s plenty of snack bars about the place to stave off any peckishness throughout the film.

Sunset closes at the end of this month, but you can still catch the critically acclaimed romance, La La Land (March 11), and inspiring true-story, Hidden Figures (March 18), along with plenty of others before the season ends.

Sunset Cinema
North Sydney Oval, St Leonards Park
Click here for more info.

Mov’In Bed Open Air Cinema

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Where: Parramatta Park
When: Until 23 April

Ever have those nights when you want to stay in bed and watch a movie but you also want to go to the cinema and watch a movie? Well now you can have both.  

In a very unique set up, the Mov’In Open Air Cinema provides beds for your ultimate relaxation and comfort throughout the movie (although you’re also welcome to bring blankets and sit on the ground if you prefer). Tickets range anywhere between $17-94, depending on how close to the screen you’d like to be, and how you chose to seat yourself. There’s really nothing else like it in Sydney, so head along and grab yourself a bed before the season closes in April.

Some classic films are coming up in the last few weeks of the Mov’In season, including the final part of Peter Jackson’s triumphant Lord of the Rings trilogy: The Return of the King (March 12), gripping psycholgical thriller, Se7en (March 19) and all-time Disney favourite, The Lion King (April 2).

Along with those, new films include Arrival (March 10), The Accountant (March 14) and M. Knight Shamalan’s latest project, Split (April 20).  

Mov’In Bed Open Air Cinema
The Crescent, Paramatta Park
Click here for more info.