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Bring your furry friend to a pet-friendly Moonlight Cinema screening
Stop reading now if you hate doggy puns. Moonlight Cinema in Centennial Park is holding the first ever 'pet-miere' on Friday December 9 with their pet-friendly screening of The Secret Life of Pets. The night is a partnership with Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment who invite you to bring your dog or cat, "get snapped by the puperazzi" and enjoy entertainment such as "pawtraits, pam-purring, selfies and doggy pawdicures." Seeing as they're so keen on the puns we have a few suggestions of movies they could show next time... and remember guys you started this, not us. Musical: The Hound of MusicSci-Fi: Close Encounters of the Furred KindHorror: Woof CreekClassic: Citizen CanineKitchen-sink drama: I, Spaniel BlakePeriod drama: The King's PoochBlockbuster: Dogue One: A Star Paws Story... Stop us. Please. We know this is a sickness.
McDonald's movie The Founder gives franchise mogul Ray Kroc a good grilling
Ray Kroc was a 52-year-old travelling salesman when he met the McDonald Brothers in 1954. Impressed with the efficiency of their San Bernardino hamburger restaurant, he offered to franchise their restaurants across America. The rest is history. New movie The Founder, written by Robert D Siegel (The Wrestler), tells Ray Kroc’s story, but also the story of the birth of the modern fast food industry and ultimately the dark heart of American corporate practice...
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Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace
Without doubt the grandest cinema in Sydney, Cremorne’s Art Deco picture palace is a stunning step back in time. Built in 1935 by George Kenworthy, the top theatrical architect of the period, today’s version is even glitzier than the original thanks to a $2.5-million restoration some years back by owner and local TV celeb Mike Walsh. Each of the six auditoria has its own colour scheme and decor, but the 744-seat Orpheum is the true star of the show. It even has a genuine Wurlitzer cinema organ, which rises out of a stage pit on weekend evenings complete with flashing lights and a grinning organist. Expect a mix of mainstream US, British and Australian fare, with some art-house, special presentations and the occasional cabaret show.
Ritz Cinema Randwick
With a distinctive Art Deco design restored to its former 1930s glory and an impressive sound system, the six-screen Ritz cinema is both a local landmark and an excellent venue for catching the latest mainstream releases. Signs explain the regulations – no alcohol, bare feet, smoking or skateboards – which make sense if you hit the place in the afternoon after school’s out. In the evening the place attracts a different crowd, including film geeks who seek out the Ritz for its great acoustics and old-fashioned flair. Upstairs the inimitable Bar Ritz boasts a marble bar and balcony – perfect for pre- and post-film drinks. Bus 372, 373, 376, 377.
Palace Norton Street Cinemas
Leichhardt's Palace Cinemas were fully refurbed in 2013 and now have eight auditoria, all licensed, and an impressive foyer with a lounge bar and café on site. Palace Norton Street plays host to some of the best annual film festivals such as the French, Spanish, Greek, German and Italian. It is also in close proximity to the eateries and vibrant culture of Norton Street.
Palace Verona Cinemas
Paddington’s intellectuals, gays and art-house crowds are always seen milling about the Palace Verona with glee. The four screens are on the small side, the seats are snug and the pre-show commercials... well, they tend to go on forever. But we're forgiving film lovers, especially since this oft-buzzing venue screens an expertly curated line-up of arthouse releases from name directors (Woody, the Coens, PT Anderson...), world movies, quirky Australian indies and special one-offs, like screenings of overseas stage productions and concerts. There's a licensed café, wine and espresso bar on the premises – good for a pre-movie drink, a post-movie chat or even just a day date, since you don't have to purchase a ticket to enjoy what they're pouring and brewing. And if you're a frequent moviegoer, you'll want to check out Palace's great-value membership schemes, which are more than worth the investment if you see flicks on the regular.
Named after the Australian film pioneer Charles Chauvel - of Jedda fame - this much-loved local cinema is part of the Palace cinema chain. Its proscenium arch brings true grandeur to the art of film and the staff really know their stuff. Screenings tend to be seriously arty and the place also holds Cinemateque screenings. Be sure to seek out the lovely upstairs bar. Bus 333, 352, 378, 380. Screens 2. Tickets $16.50; $9-$12.50 reductions; $8 Tue.
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The DOG's First Birthday
The state's largest craft beer venue, the DOG Hotel, is celebrating a year of serving some of the city's coldest craft brews with a birthday bash. Sixteen of the venue’s 59 taps will be pouring Sydney Brewery's local numbers including the Surry Hills Pils, Darlo Dark and Glamarama Summer Ale. To celebrate the DOG's birthday they will also be doing a one-off collaboration brew. The Light Rail Ale is an American-style fruity steam ale. It's a nod to Randwick’s future transport interchange and you can try a schooner for just $5. After you've knocked back a few craft beers be sure to order up one of the DOG's smoked beef brisket burger (complete with a mac'n'cheese patty, slaw and pickles) or a lasagne spring roll (and yep, that's meat, pasta and cheese inside a spring roll.) Or the Friday fish and chips special for just $9.90. They'll also be giving you free cupcakes to celebrate. You'll also have the chance to win a trip to the Hunter Valley for a two night stay at the Crowne, complete with a brewery tour, dinner and a tasting session. Sydney Brewery’s head brewer Michael Capaldo will be on hand for a chat.
Bondi's got a new tropical cocktail bar
Hotel Bondi is summer ready with the opening of the new Curlewis Bar. The beachside bar has been revamped, complete with a retro cocktail menu curated by Sweet&Chilli. Try a toasted Coconut Espresso Martini or a Tanqueray Crusta with Tanqueray Gin, Hennessy Cognac, lemon juice, apricot nectar and lemon thyme. You can also order up cocktail jugs like the Pomegranate & Cranberry Mojito or a Bloody Mary with Ketel One vodka, tomato and lemon juice, housemade spice mix, chipotle sauce, cucumber, olives and celery. Friday and Saturday nights see resident DJs hop behind the decks to spin Balearic, nu disco and house music till late. Settle into the weekend with tunes and a late-night happy hour 9.30-11.30pm (RSA laws and conditions apply). To celebrate the opening of the Curlewis Bar, Hotel Bondi will be hosting a summer launch party on December 10, with tunes, cocktails and canapés. RSVP is essential and spaces are limited (email email@example.com). The Curlewis Bar is located within Hotel Bondi and is open weekly Thu, Fri 5pm-late; Sat 4pm-late and Sun 2pm-late.
Experience the magic of Christmas in the villages
Start your Christmas season at one of City of Sydney’s free family-friendly concerts. Along with the live music and array of special guests to entertain you, you can also take part in craft activities and enjoy a sausage sizzle. Take home a Santa stocking on sale for $5. All proceeds go to the City’s Christmas charity partner, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT. Santa will make a special guest appearance at the concerts and each night will culminate in a glittering fireworks display. For more information regarding each concert and their performers please visit sydneychristmas.com.au. Rushcutters Bay Village Concert Sat Dec 3, 6.30-8.30pmReg Bartley Oval, Waratah St, Rushcutters Bay Rosebery Village Christmas Concert Sun Dec 4, 6.30-8.30pmTurruwul Park, Rothschild Ave, Rosebery Alexandria Village Christmas Concert Sat Dec 10, 6.30-8.30pmAlexandria Park, Buckland St, Alexandria Surry Hills Village Christmas Concert Sun Dec 11, 6.30-8.30pmPrince Alfred Park, Chalmers St, Surry Hills