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The best outdoor cinemas in Melbourne

Catch cult classics and new releases under the stars this summer

Outdoor cinema season is back – and there are more options to choose from than ever. 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 al fresco cinema in Melbourne. While you're planning your summer adventures, check out our favourite places to swim, plus our top night markets

Melbourne's open-air cinemas


Lido on the Roof

Lido Cinema’s rooftop makes a triumphant return this summer. The season kicks off with a Western-themed costume party and a screening of the Hell or Highwater, starring Jeff Bridges and Chris Pine. Lido on the Roof will also screen summer releases including Arrival, Nocturnal Animals, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and a Valentine's Day screening of Fifty Shades Darker. Press rewind and get stuck into retro-Wednesdays, which will feature screenings of classic flicks Do the Right Thing, Death Becomes Her, Wake in Fright, Pink Flamingos and Woody Allen's Manhattan

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Lido Cinemas , Hawthorn Until Sunday April 30 2017

Rooftop Cinema

Catch cult classics and new releases under the stars this summer. Expect arthouse flicks including Tom Ford’s latest film Nocturnal Animals, Woody Allen’s Cafe Society and blockbuster summer releases including Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Arrival. As usual, you’ll be able to fuel up from Rooftop Bar’s burger stand, where you can also get your choc-top and popcorn fix ahead of the screening.

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Until Sun Apr 30

Coburg Drive-In

Make like a teenager of the 1950s and lie back on your car windscreen at 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.

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Coburg North

Or visit a rooftop bar instead

The best rooftop bars in Melbourne

Whether you're after beers and sun or moonlight and cocktails, these high altitude drinking spots are well worth the climb.

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By: Time Out editors