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The best outdoor cinemas in Melbourne

Catch cult classics and new releases under the stars this summer
Moonlight Cinema at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
By Time Out editors |
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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, and our tips on the best road trips from Melbourne.

RECOMMENDED: What to do if it rains at an outdoor cinema.

Melbourne's open-air cinemas

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Moonlight Cinema Opening Night Melbourne
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Film, Outdoor cinema

Moonlight Cinema

icon-location-pin Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne
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Runs from November to March.

There's nothing quite like a film under the stars in the evening cool of the Botanic Gardens. Settle back with friends and family for a movie and BYO picnic on a balmy summer night, or let one of the food trucks take care of the edibles for you.

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Park Cinema Docklands
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Things to do, Pop-up locations

Park Cinema Docklands

icon-location-pin Buluk Park, Docklands
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Runs for limited dates in February.

It’s back! Park Cinema Docklands is popping up for another summer of outdoor movie delight. And did we mention it’s free? Zilch! Nada! Niente! Put away the wallet, dig out the trusty picnic rug and run, don’t walk down to Buluk Park right in the middle of the picturesque Victoria Harbour on two Fridays and three Saturdays.

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Screen at Rooftop Cinema
Film, Outdoor cinema

Rooftop Cinema

icon-location-pin Rooftop Bar, Melbourne
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Runs from December to March.

Grab a deckchair and make yourself comfortable – Melbourne's OG Rooftop Cinema hits the Curtin House to present an impressive roster of cult classics and new releases, right in the heart of the CBD.  

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Coburg Drive-In
Film

Coburg Drive-In

icon-location-pin Coburg North

Runs all year round.

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.

Or visit a rooftop bar instead

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