Westpac Open-Air Cinema is on for another summer of harbourside movie magic.
Sydney has no shortage of outdoor, open-air cinemas.
We’ve already seen Disney+ team up with Openair cinemas for a drive-in this year and Moonlight Cinemas are celebrating their 25th summer program, which is already underway at the Belvedere Ampitheatre. Mov’in Bed has also transformed itself this season into Mov’in Boat, and it kicks off its season tomorrow night with many December nights already sold out or selling out fast. (Featured image: westpacopenair)
But Westpac’s Open-Air Cinema just might be the most stunning of them all. They certainly think so and, to be honest, it’s hard to disagree.
Located on Fleet Steps at the historic and absolutely beautiful Farm Cove beside the Royal Botanic Gardens, Wespac’s Open-air 350-square-metre screen cinema screen rises up from the harbour and stands three storeys tall. But that’s only when the movie is about to begin.
Beforehand, cinemagoers are presented with uninterrupted views of the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and the city skyline where they’re able to have an evening meal and drink to begin their night. In other words, going to the cinema here is an experience in and of itself.
Kicking off on 15 December, Wespac’s Open-Air Cinema begins the season with re-release screening of Australian crime drama The Dry and will continue through the summer until 24 February. There are more new and recent films on the bill this summer, with the likes of High Ground (another Australian release) as well as Ammonite starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan, George Clooney’s Midnight Sky, and surf documentary Girls Can’t Surf.
Cult classics and retro titles include Thelma & Louise, Almost Famous, Grease, The Devil Wears Prada, and Pulp Fiction whereas more recent flicks to take to the screen are Rams, Kajillionaire, and New Zealand rom-com Baby Done.
When it comes to the food on offer, this year will see you picking up ready-made gourmet picnic hampers by Mike McEnearney. Otherwise, you could arrive early and head to Crosser Garden for a more substantial dinner, such as quarter roasted free-range chicken with green beans & hazelnuts and a side of salad of your choice.
Tickets for this year’s summer program go on sale 9am on Thursday, December 10. If you’re thinking that you have time to pick and choose what movie you’ll be going to go see, think again — previous years have sold tens of thousands of tickets in less than two days.