Gadigal Green, on the south-of-King-Street side of the University of Sydney, is gearing up to host the new season of Openair Cinemas. This year there are more than 20 special events taking place before the movies, including DJs and live music. Dogs are not just tolerated at every screening, they're positively welcomed with free doggy treats and canine couches.
There's nothing quite like a film under the stars in the beautiful surrounds at Belvedere Amphitheatre in Centennial Park.
The most glam of the outdoor cinemas is St George OpenAir. From your seats in the stadium you can watch the screen rise up over the water, with the Opera House and Bridge as the backdrop. There's a bar and restaurant too.
Crawl under the blankets with a glass of wine and settle in for another beautifuly curated season of movies at the Entertainment Quarter in the Showring.
North Sydney Oval, with its historic grandstand and views of the lights of North Sydney, is a classy venue for outdoor cinema screenings, and Sunset Cinema will kick off another 10-week season on January 17. Gates open 90 minutes prior to each film commencing and a range of food and beverages is available. Join the Sunset Cinema Movie Club to get early bird ticket discounts, news, promotions and other prizes. The season's films will be announced on November 21, when ticket will go on sale.
Sydney’s original outdoor film festival takes place at Bondi Pavilion and attracts the best short films from around the world – not least because a win in one of the competition categories qualifies films for consideration for an Oscar nomination.
Free outdoor movies return in January 2019 as the Little Darling Night Owls Kids Film Festival sets up roost on Darling Quarter’s Village Green for another year
Enjoy all the holiday movies like it’s 60 years ago at Sydney’s only drive-in cinema. It’s been renovated to follow a 1950s theme, with diner food like hamburgers, hot dogs, shakes and banana splits served by staff in era-appropriate costume.
Filmmakers are currently writing, shooting and editing for the chance to be one of 16 Tropfest 2019 finalists. Those films will premiere live in front of thousands of people in the Crescent, Parramatta Park, and be broadcast to an even bigger audience at home.
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What could be more romantic than a picnic packed for two and sweeping harbour views? Where else could you organise a long, lazy lunch for a big group of friends? Or, an impromptu dinner date alfresco? Cancel your restaurant booking and head to one of these top places to enjoy a picnic. We’ve called ahead to find out if there’s parking, toilets and barbecues too. You can thank us later.