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What to do if it rains at 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.



What to do if it rains at Lido on the Roof

Up on the roof in Hawthorn they sometimes have to cancel the movie mid-screening if the weather turns nasty. If that happens you’ll get a pass to see a film any time within the next year. If the conditions are lousy one hour before the screening they’ll cancel it and post the news on the website, Facebook and Twitter.

Rained out? Never mind, there’s plenty of fun stuff to do undercover in Hawthorn.


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Lido Cinemas , Hawthorn Until Sunday April 30 2017

What to do if it rains at Moonlight Cinema

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.


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Until Sun Apr 2

What to do if it rains at Rooftop Cinema

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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Until Sun Apr 30

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