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23 March, 2016

How to Capitalise on the Final Month of Outdoor Cinemas

Outdoor cinema season has almost been and gone. Have you taken advantage of this alfresco-style movie experience?

You might be thinking you’ve missed the boat, but there are still a few weeks left to enjoy the cinemas among Perth’s great outdoors.

Here are six venues where you can simultaneously catch a flick and show off your picnic gear:

Moonlight Cinemas


Catch everything from a new release to a cult classic at Synergy Parkland in Kings Park. Your setting just happens to be the gateway to some of the best views in the city.

The park will stop screening relatively soon, so check out the program and get in on the cinematic goodness.

If you feel like stepping it up from the picnic rug and homemade snacks, gold and glam grass options are available. All you need to do is sit back, soak in the lush surroundings and start reaching for the popcorn.

Season runs till March 27th @ Synergy Parkland via May Drive.

Rooftop Movies


The Rooftop Movies ship has sailed, but it’s one to note for your 2017 outdoor cinema calendar.

The team behind Fringe World created an outdoor cinema pop-up with a quirky twist.

Once you get to level 6 of the Roe St Carpark building, you’re transported to a scene where urban landscapes meet the tropics.

Palm trees, flamingos, astroturf and a vintage Airstream fill the rooftop with nostalgia and summer vibes.

Couple this with a perfectly curated program plus a unique view of the CBD, and you have yourself a stellar outdoor cinema experience.

Season runs till March 19th @ Level 6 of Roe St Carpark, Northbridge.

PIAF’s Lotterywest Festival Films


If you’re looking to catch the latest Anchorman sequel, this might not be the place for you.

The artistic masterminds behind Perth International Arts Festival have brought you a program showcasing the very best of world cinema.

The scenery is even more dramatic than the movie on the screen. You can absorb it from the deck chairs at UWA’s Somerville Auditorium or ECU’s Joondalup Pines.

Season runs till April 10th as per 2 locations above.

Luna Outdoor


Luna is on a smaller scale compared to other outdoor cinemas, making your experience all the more intimate.

If you’ve been to Luna before, you know the old-fashioned feeling you immediately get upon walking through the door. The outside area is no exception – it’s cosy, laid-back and full of charm.

In true Luna style, this season’s line-up covers most of the cinema spectrum. You’ll find arthouse gems, blockbusters, documentaries, and even Zoolander 2.

Season runs till April 17th @ 155 Oxford St, Leederville.

Community Cinemas


If you’ve found yourself walking or riding along the foreshore at Burswood Park in the evening, it’s likely you’ve heard dialogue echoing from behind a fence. The sounds are courtesy of the Community Cinemas.

Your attendance at this tucked-away outdoor cinema is equal parts entertaining and charitable.

The entire operation hinges off its volunteers (over 700), and funds raised go towards improving the quality of life for kids living with disabilities.

Season runs till April 9th @ Burswood Parklands, off Great Eastern Highway.

Northbridge Piazza


Compared to the last five venues, you have plenty of time to enjoy a movie here – and it’s completely free.

The 2016 sessions vary from crowd favourites and kid-friendly films every Saturday, to a Wednesday night a month dedicated to all things Winona Ryder.

Although Perth’s first free outdoor theatre is in the hustle and bustle of the city, the surround sound drowns out the noise, creating the illusion of being indoors.

Season runs till June 1th @ Northbridge Piazza.

If you’re looking to experience all Perth has to offer, why not do so from a convenient base like Aire? You can experience high-quality, inner-city living without the high price tag.