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What to do if it rains at an outdoor cinema

You've booked your tickets. Then the heavens open. Here's your next move
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Given the whole four-seasons-in-one-day thing, Melbourne has a surprising number of open-air cinemas. If you’re going to a screening at one, you should come prepared for sudden cold snaps or downpours. But if it's a washout, do you get a refund, or are you expected to eat your popcorn in a puddle? Here's what you should do when the weather turns crap.

Wet weather? Take a look at our guide to rainy day activities in Melbourne. Or wash away your troubles and hunker down in one of our city's best wine bars

Moonlight Cinema at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
Film, Outdoor cinema

What to do if it rains at Moonlight Cinema

icon-location-pin Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne

They will let you know as early as they can if the screening is cancelled due to rain via text message and email. You can also check the website and Facebook. But cancellations are only when weather poses a danger. You can’t get a refund if you get a bit soggy sadly, only if the actual film does not go ahead or is curtailed. You can then rebook online using your original ticket, or bring a ticket purchased at the box office along to the new screening you wish to attend (check if it’s sold out first though!).

If a hurricane strikes the Botanic Gardens, take shelter elsewhere in South Yarra. 

rooftop cinema
Film, Outdoor cinema

What to do if it rains at Rooftop Cinema

icon-location-pin Rooftop Bar, Melbourne

The rooftop at Curtin House makes the call to cancel a screening no later than two hours before it starts. You’ll have to check their website or Facebook page though. If the film is cancelled you get a refund through Moshtix – easy.

Movie night  rained out? Relax, head downstairs and check out some of the other venues at Curtin House.

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