Pentridge Open-Air Cinema

Pentridge Prison Clocktower
Photograph: Palace Cinemas

Time Out says

Enjoy cult classic and modern flicks in the shadow of the famous Pentridge Prison

Palace Cinemas is opening an outdoor cinema on the site of Pentridge Prison, and it's running from December 2020 to March 2021. 

Pentridge Prison, once home to crims like Ned Kelly, Julian Knight, Chopper Reed and Squizzy Taylor, as well as luminaries like Indigenous actor Uncle Jack Charles, trade unionist Clarrie O'Shea and anti-nuclear campaigner John Dixon-Jenkins, is being turned into a retail and hospitality precinct. There is a 15-screen Palace Cinemas inside the new complex, but Palace is staging something of a jailbreak and bringing the big screen outdoors for summer. 

Gates open at 7.30pm with films commencing at sundown. There's an on-site pop-up bar with snacks and drinks to enjoy both before and during the film. 

The season runs through summer, and there are 55 films on offer. Many are prison themed, but there are plenty of other old favourites and new releases. Films include The Shawshank Redemption, Idiot Prayer: Nick Cave Alone at Alexandra Palace, Chopper (which of course takes place in Pentridge), The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Call Me By Your Name, The Rock, Lost in Translation, The Princess Bride, Labyrinth, The Greatest Showman, The Great Escape and Spirited Away


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