Catch a flick on a rooftop, in a garden, by the water or even at the MCG this summer. Melbourne has outdoor cinemas to satisfy all tastes.
Bring a picnic rug and cushion to this ever-popular outdoor event in the Royal Botanic Gardens. A limited number of bean beds are also available at Moonlight Cinema, hired on a first-in-first-served basis. There’s a licensed bar and catering on-site too, and friendly four-legged guests are welcome.
Enjoy classic films, nostalgic favourites and recent releases at this original sky-high venue. Rooftop Cinema offers comfy deck chairs, and you can hire warm blankets on Melbourne’s occasionally not-so-balmy summer nights. Pop in for a drink and a Burger-Shack dinner pre-screening.
South Wharf Pop-Up Cinema
There are more deckchairs for cinematic chilling at the Common Man riverside restaurant-bar. Running from January to March, South Wharf Pop-Up Cinema is a super-relaxed garden party on astroturf, featuring cocktails and a candy bar. The program is big on laughs and music, with a double screening on Valentine’s Day.
Cinema at the ‘G
Over two huge nights on 1 and 2 February, the hallowed turf of the MCG will transform into the ultimate open-air cinema, screening A Star is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody on the giant scoreboard screen. All proceeds from Cinema at the ‘G go to the Bank of Melbourne Foundation.
Park Cinema at Docklands
Bring your film-loving posse to Park Cinema at Buluk Park in February – but put away your wallet, because these family-friendly screenings are free. Expect pre-movie entertainment followed by classics such as The Labyrinth and Bride and Prejudice. If you’re feeling peckish, there’s even a drop-off point for delivery services like UberEats.
Movies Under the Stars
Grab your mates and head down to Point Park as Movies Under the Stars screens blockbusters The Great Gatsby, Black Panther and Peter Rabbit – all for free! Get in early, picnic basket in hand, and secure your spot for the main event. 7 – 9 February.
See cult classics and recent hits for $12 per ticket at QV Melbourne’s outdoor deck chair cinema every Thursday to Sunday from 1 February to 24 March. Flick/Fest features live performances, guest appearances, pop-up bars and more. There are even dog-friendly screenings and doggie dress-up nights for your furry friends.
Sports Film Festival at the Australian Open
I, Tonya, Million Dollar Baby, Battle of the Sexes – sports movies aren’t just for athletic fanatics. You can check out a roster of classic and new releases during the Australian Open Sports Film Festival. Catch free screenings of some of the biggest blockbusters at Birrarung Marr, or if you’ve got yourself a ground pass you can take in a pre or post-match screening on site.