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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 when the mercury starts to rise in Sydney

Written by
Time Out editors

UPDATE, June 28: As of June 26, the Greater Sydney region including the Central Coast, the Blue Mountains and Wollongong is under a compulsory two-week lockdown until 11.59pm on July 9. Many events in Sydney have therefore been cancelled or postponed until after this period.

Feel like enjoying a film in a park, by the water, or even on the water? From blockbusters to tearjerkers, rom-coms to thrillers, you can catch them all in the great outdoors across the city thanks to a proliferation of popcorn-offering spots popping up across the city. 

Bring a rug and some snacks (or buy them from handy pop-up eateries) and settle in with the fam, a mate, or a date  – some cinemas will even let you bring your dog. 

While you're planning your summer adventures, organise a trek to these majestic waterfalls near Sydney or check out these engaging Indigenous walks and tours

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Sydney's most scenic outdoor movie screenings

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  • Prospect

The last remaining drive-in movie theatre in the city is so popular that, on busy nights, it backs up traffic all the way along Reservoir Road and out onto the Great Western Motorway. So if you’re planning a commute past Prospect, you might want to check session times. We love the joint's en pointe 1950s theme, with diner food served by staff in era-appropriate costume. There's new blockbusters and classics flicks on the line-up, and you can even catch the odd late-night horror session, if you dare. Check the program here.

We love wide open green spaces

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