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The best outdoor cinemas in Melbourne

Catch cult classics and new releases under the stars this summer

By Time Out editors

Outdoor cinemas are one of the best ways to experience films in summer. Are you keen for a classic garden cinema experience? Or what about an inner-city rooftop? You could even catch a film by the beach. These are our top choices of alfresco cinema in Melbourne. While you're planning your summer adventures, check out our favourite places to swim, or just stay socially distanced in your car at our favourite drive-ins.

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Melbourne's open-air cinemas

Lunar Drive-In Cinema
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1. Lunar Drive-In

Film Dandenong South

Runs all year round.

Opened in 1956, the Lunar Drive-in cinema in Dandenong is the largest drive-in in Australia. Films are shown every day except Christmas Day, and the Lunar Café is open for takeaway every night before and during the shows. We’ve heard that the award-winning chef cooks up the best hamburgers and hot jam dougnuts you can get at a cinema. 

2. Coburg Drive-In

Film Coburg North

Runs all year round.

Make like a teenager of the 1950s and lie back on your car windscreen at one of Melbourne’s favourite drive-in cinema. You can roll on in, order your food from the retro diner via text message and enjoy brand-new flicks. 

Dromana 3 Drive In
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3. Dromana 3 Drive In

Film Seaford

Runs all year round.

Want a side of beachside charm with your cinema experience? Dromana’s drive-in cinema has been screening movies on its four screens since 1962. These days you can grab food from the on-site diner and watch a selection of classic flicks and new blockbusters. 

Or visit a rooftop bar instead


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