Sydney’s Outdoor Cinema’s

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Sydney seems to love nothing more in summer than a watching a movie under the stars.  Over the last decade, summer outdoor cinemas have sprung up across Sydney.  Here is our guide to this year’s offerings.   We would love to hear which is your favourite.

St George Open Air Cinema – Sydney Harbour 

St George Open Air Cinema
The St George Cinema has the most amazing location

Watching a movie on a screen that pops up out of Sydney Harbour is as amazing as it sounds. This cinema at the edge of the Botanic Gardens is probably the most romantic in the city. Watch the sunset over the harbour while you wait for the sky to darken enough for the movie to begin. This year food is being catered by Chiswick Restaurant with food prices from $8-25

Dates: 7 January – 21 February 2018

Cost: Tickets available from Ticketmaster starting at $39. Tickets may be available at the gate but often sell out in advance.

Transport: Walk from Martin Place or Circular Quay Station.  Try to leave the car at home, parking very limited in this area.

Tip:  This cinema sells out very quickly – especially Valentine’s day.  Bring your $$$ it is not BYO.

Visit the St George Open air website

American Express Open Air Cinema – Bondi Beach 

Bondi Open Air Cinema
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Live music, sunset drinks, food from Salt Meat Cheese and a movie in the great outdoors…  Summer in Sydney means outdoor movies and this venue at Bondi is about as Sydney as it gets.  This one is my favourite because you can take your dog along and they even have special doggy packages.
Get there early to get a beanbag chair before they run out.  We arrived about 2 hours before the movie started and it was nice to be able to relax and catch up while the sunset.  My tip, avoid the back of the hill bar the bar cause it get’s a bit distracting when they start to pack up towards the end of the movie.

Dates: 25 January to 04 March 2018

Cost: $20-40 depending on how many perks your order.  Deal 4 tickets for $70. Beanbags extra and in limited supply.

Details:  Over 18 years only.  No BYO and no glass.

Public transport:  Buses from Bondi Junction or the City.  Parking is very limited.

Tip: arrive early for the pre-movie music.  BYO food and a jacket – it can get pretty cool by the ocean at night.

Visit the Bondi Open Air cinema website 

Moonlight Cinema – Belvedere Amphitheatre Centennial Park

Moonlight cinema

The Moonlight Cinema has the longest season offering over 3 months of movies.  Bring a picnic and a rug and head to our biggest city park for a movie under the stars. Movies start between 8pm and 8.30pm depending on sunset times.  Dogs are allowed on leash and you can BYO your own food and drinks so this is certainly a family and budget friendly venue.

Dates: 1 December to 1 April 2018. Gates open at 7pm and movies start at 8.30pm. Both times half an hour earlier in March.

Cost: Adults $19-$35   Kids $16.50

Transport: Bus from Bondi Junction or the city, parking is available in surrounding streets but fills very early.  The nearest gates to the cinema are the Woollahra Gates on Oxford Street so any Oxford St bus is your best bet.

Tip: If you are looking to impress on the first date the “Gold Grass” ticket includes a bean bed.  These are also available to purchase on the night if you arrive before they sell out. Moonlight Cinema is closed on Mondays.


Sunset Cinema North Sydney – North Sydney Oval 

Outdoor cinema at North Sydney oval

While best known as a home to cricket or football each summer North Sydney Oval’s Starlight cinema screens over 30 movies. Watch from the lawn, rent a chair or bean bed and if it starts to rain head for the stands to watch the end of the film.

Dates: January 18 to March 24, 2018. Gates open at 7 pm.

Cost: from $18 pre-purchased to $45 for a ticket that includes some food and drinks and a bean bed.

Public transport:  Bus from North Sydney or Wynyard station

Tip:  Great for last-minute seats as this large cinema is rarely sold out.  BYO food and soft drinks – no glass or alcohol allowed.  Food and alcohol are available to buy. This one is not pet-friendly so if you have a dog phobia you are in luck!

Visit the Cinema website

Movies by the Boulevard – Sydney Olympic Park 

Sydney Olympic Park offers lots of free family activities, even more so over the summer.  Perfect for families looking for school holiday fun.  It is also the only free outdoor cinema I have discovered.

Dates: 12 evenings in January from Jan 3. Check the website for dates.

Cost: Free

Public transport:  Train to Olympic Park or plenty of parking available (not free).  Short walk to Cathy Freeman Park off Olympic Boulevard

Tip: Family friendly films make this cinema best for kids.

Visit the Movies by the Boulevard website for more details.

Google maps of outdoor cinema locations

View Sydney Outdoor Cinemas in a larger map

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Have you visited any of these cinemas?  Which is your favourite?

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