Your Melbourne guide to outdoor cinemas

From rooftops to gardens, to car parks to universities, this summer there is an outdoor cinema to satisfy anyone’s taste.

Backlot Rooftop Drive-In

Backlot Studios have opened one of Melbourne’s most unique outdoor rooftop cinemas – Backlot Rooftop Drive-In. Experience 360° panoramic views of the city skyline as you enjoy blockbuster films. Walk-up patrons are also invited to join in on all the film buff-action in a small deck area with seats.

Moonlight Cinema

Located in the Royal Botanic Gardens throughout summer, BYO picnic rug or cushion to this ever-popular outdoor event. A limited number of Bean Beds (yep beds) are also available for hire and are allocated on a first-in-first-served basis. Friendly four-legged guests are welcome to join, while a licensed bar and on-site venue will keep every human and furry pal happy.

Pack a picnic and settle in for Moonlight Cinema

Rooftop Cinema

One of Melbourne’s first rooftop cinemas and arguably the most famous, Rooftop Cinema has all you need for an evening of cinematic bliss. Warm blankets are available for hire for Melbourne’s occasionally not so balmy summer nights, and comfy deck chairs give the rooftop a unique feel. Pop in for a drink pre-screening or grab dinner at fellow Curtin House offerings Mesa Verde or Cookie.


New kid on the block, Shimmerlands has taken over The University of Melbourne campus during university holidays. From the team that brought you Shadow Electric, the curated cinema program features a range of cult classics, independent Australian films and documentaries; alongside a program of live music and foodie options.

Crowd at night watch Shimmerlands outdoor cinema at Melbourne University

Shimmerlands at Melbourne University

QV Outdoor Cinema

From Thursday to Sunday until the end of February, head over to QV Melbourne’s outdoor cinema. Don a pair of headphones and settle in to watch cult classic films. Cheeky themed nights, charity screenings, red carpets and live entertainment are some of the activities lined up this summer.

Cinema at the ‘G

Over two huge nights on 24 and 25 February, the iconic MCG will transform into the ultimate open air cinema. Film offerings are the internationally acclaimed Lion and the heart-wrenching Sully. All proceeds will be donated to The Bank of Melbourne Neighbourhood Fund, which supports Victorian communities.

Docklands Cinema in the Park

Bring your screen-loving posse to Docklands summer cinema event. Kid-friendly screenings at Buluk Park run in February with films that include Back To The Future and Australian favourite, The Dish. This free event will also give you a chance to try newly-opened Saluministi‘s Italian-inspired picnic nibbles.

People watch family favourites at Buluk Park outdoor cinema

Watch family favourites at Buluk Park

For more one-off screenings and outdoor events visit our Special Screenings list.