American Express Openair Cinemas

People sitting watching a movie at American Express Openair Cine
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Head to Yarra Park for a fresh season of outdoor film screenings and live music

Screening a bunch of fresh new releases, golden oldies and critically acclaimed alternative films, American Express Openair Cinemas offers movie fanatics much more than the average cinematic experience. From February 21 to March 17, Yarra Park will be taken over by a packed program of live entertainment, dining, music and dog dates. Yes, that’s right, dogs.

Proud puppy parents can snuggle up to their own wonder dogs while they settle in for a season of new release flicks, including Green Book, A Star is Born, On the Basis of Sex, The Hate U Give, Mary Queen of Scots, If Beale Street Could Talk and Glass

You’re sure to work up an appetite with all the excitement, so grab a slice of something covered in cheese from the Italian masters at Ladro. They're curating a menu for the evening, complemented by gourmet ice cream from Häagen-Dazs. Beer will come by way of Urban Alley Brewery, there’ll be fine drops from Giesen Wines, refreshing fruity brews from Black Devil Cider plus Pimms aperitifs.

If you have an American Express Card membership, this will be is your golden ticket to the exclusive lounge area at the event. You’ll receive the VIP treatment, complete with a comfortable bean bag chair, blanket, movie snacks and the best view in the house. There’s also a tidy 15 per cent off selected tickets for members, plus access to the American Express Garden for sunset tipples.

Sans American Express? No worries, tickets start at $17 and are on sale now. 

Although dogs are allowed at all screenings (which is part of what makes this cinema great), three special screenings are focused on your canine companion. At these screenings, billed as doggy dates, your pooch can enjoy snacks from Billy and Margot and his or her own doggy bed from which to watch the show. The special screenings are March 7 (The Hate U Give), March 8 (On the Basis of Sex) and March 9 (Ralph Breaks the Internet). 

By: Time Out editors


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