There’s no better way to enjoy the summer than being able to lie back under the stars and watch a movie. With plenty of outdoor cinemas showing new releases and old favourites, this is the best time to get out there, crack open some wine and enjoy the beautiful West Australian evenings.
Before you get started, here are a few little tips for making the night extra special.
When to arrive
Arrive there with enough time to ensure you get a spot with a good view. If you have more than just a picnic-load to carry, getting there early and finding a close parking sport will help. The films generally start when the sun goes down so you will want to be all set up beforehand.
What to bring
It can get a little bit chilly when the sun goes down so be sure to pack a few extra layers of clothing and blankets. Sitting on the ground can get a little uncomfy, so some nice big pillows will make your lounging experience much more enjoyable. Most importantly, don’t forget some good old mozzie repellent or you risk getting eating alive!
Food & drinks
The best thing about outdoor cinemas is that the majority are BYO. Bring along a few beeers or some wine for the night and a picnic of goodies for dinner. Each venue also has the option of onsite caterers.
We’ve put together a list of WA’s five best outdoor cinemas for you.
Synergy Parkland, Kings Park, Dec-Mar
Head on down to Synergy Parkland to watch new releases and old classics on the magical lawns of Kings Park. Bring along a picnic or buy some light snacks, ice creams and drinks at the kiosk. This venue is not licenced so feel free to bring along an esky of cold beers and your favourite wine.
BYO & catering available.
Tickets from $14.50
2.Camelot Outdoor Cinema
Mosman Park, Dec-Apr
The outdoor kingdom by Luna Palace and Mosarts is the perfect destination for a movie fix. The beautiful art deco venue in Mosman Park really knows how to put on a show with live music action of jazz, world music, folk and blues before the film starts. The cinema has deckchair and cabaret style seating on the balcony with a fully licensed bar and wood-fired pizza oven on site.
Tickets from $15.50
3. Kookaburra Cinema
Allen Road, Mundaring Weir, Nov - Apr
For a true Aussie movie experience head to the Perth Hills state forest for a beautiful scenic background to the on-screen entertainment. The season runs from November to the beginning of April, gates open at 6.30 pm and movies commence at 8.00 pm. Overnight camping is available opposite at Hills National Parks Visitors Centre.
BYO & catering available.
Tickets from, $10.00
4. Dongara Denison Drive-In
Leander Drive, Port Denison
Kick back at our Drive-In Cinema! The Drive-In shows up-to-date movies fortnightly on Saturday evenings during the warmer months. Enjoy watching your favourite stars under the stars! Treats to satisfy at the kiosk. Located next to the Bowling Club on Point Leander Drive, Port Denison.
BYO & Catering available
Tickets from $5.00
5. Movies at Cape Mentelle
Cape Mentelle, Margaret River, Dec- Apr 9
There is no better way to spend a summer’s night than in the Margaret River wine region. Enjoy a glass of Cape Mentelle wine with friends during the movie and take the ultimate comfort option and hire a bean-bed so you truly can relax under the stars.
BYO & catering available
Tickets from $19.00
Follow the links below to find your local Outdoor cinema and get amongst the fun!
North of the River
Ben and Jerrys, Perth CBD
Community Outdoor Cinemas - Burswood
Northbridge Piazza, Northbridge
Community Outdoor Cinemas – Bassendean
Luna Outdoor Cinema, Leederville
Galaxy Drive-In Theatre, Kingsley
Joondalup Pines Picture Garden, ECU
Midland Outdoor Cinema, Midland
South of the River
Movies in the Square, Fremantle
Murdoch University Community Cinema, Murdoch University
Meadow Springs Quarry Park Cinema, Mandurah
Courtyard Cinema ArtGeo, Busselton
Happs Wines under the stars, Dunsborough
Caves House Hotel Cinema, Yallingup