Top 5 Outdoor Cinemas


Summer means outdoor cinemas, at least for me. This is a concept that I’ve never encountered before (Summer in Sweden is way too short + light) so it makes me all giddy and excited. We have listed our top five outdoor cinema options this summer. Most of the viewings start in late November/early December, but if I were you I would already check out the program and purchase some tickets. We’re more than a few liking the outdoor cinema thing and tickets tend to sell fast.


Ben & Jerrys Openair Cinema
1-22 December 

Set on the foreshore in St Kilda, this outdoor cinema is a must. There’s on site food and drinks (and a bar!) but you’re allowed to bring your own picnic (no booze people!) if that’s more your thing. Bring a few friends, make a thing out of it and enjoy some great movies on the big screen.

South Beach Reserve, next to the St Kilda Sea Baths
Website – Facebook


Cameo Outdoor Cinema
December – March

Every summer Cameo opens the gates to their outdoor cinema in a grassy slope. They are the only outdoor cinema in Victoria to exclusively screen new release films. So if your thing is new films, this might be your top pick. Lounge out in the candy striped deck chairs, sip on a drink from the fully licensed bar and breathe the fresh air of the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. 

1628 Burwood Highway Belgrave 3160


The Shadow Electric
21 November – 24 January

In the grounds of the historic Abbotsford Convent, Shadow Electric holds court in a courtyard. It’s a place to eat, drink, play table tennis and most importantly – watch classic films from the likes of Stanley Kubrick, Woody Allen and Quentin Tarantino.

Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford


Rooftop Cinema
December – January

First time I went here I was head over heels within a few minutes. There was something absolutely magical about watching a movie with CBD as the backdrop. The place isn’t just a cinema, it’s also one of Melbourne’s best rooftop bars. Also, there’s food should you want something to snack on during the film. And don’t forget to bring a cardigan, it gets a wee bit cold up there.

361 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne 3000
Website – Facebook


Opel Moonlight Cinema
From December 5

This outdoor cinema, smack middle in the beautiful Botanic Gardens, screens a mix of previews, contemporary, cult and classic movies. Bring a blanket, some picnic and sit down to enjoy a film experience out of the ordinary. Tickets go on sale this Thursday at 9am.

Central Lawn, Royal Botanic Gardens.

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