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The best outdoor cinemas in Sydney

You're spoiled for choice when it comes to watching flicks in the open air in this town

Photograph: Moonlight Cinema

Do alfresco movies like an expert with Time Out’s guide to the 2016-2017 summer season, from blockbusters to tear jerkers to real horror shows.

Mov'in Bed Open Air Cinema

Q. The summer won't last forever, movie fans, so what will you do for your outdoor cinema fix when autumn draws in? A. You'll head to Parramatta Park for the triumphant return of outdoor bed cinema, now under the name Mov'in Bed.  Crawl under the blankets with a glass of wine and settle in for another beautifuly curated season of movies.

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Parramatta Park , Parramatta Friday March 3 2017 - Sunday April 23 2017


Sydney’s original outdoor film festival is 26 years young 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.


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Sunset Cinema

North Sydney Oval, with its historic grandstand and views of the lights of North Sydney, is a classy venue for outdoor cinema screenings, and the 2017 program is a good one. 

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North Sydney Oval , North Sydney Wednesday March 1 2017 - Saturday March 18 2017

Skyline Drive-In Blacktown

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. 

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The best picnic spots in Sydney

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.

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By: Rose Daisley