Summer Guide: Sydney’s Best Outdoor Cinemas


Take your pick of Sydney’s best outdoor cinemas.

Those Summer nights! Danny and Sandy make a completely justified appearance here, as we go through a list of the best outdoor cinemas Sydney has to offer. From drive-ins, and camping to seaside cinematic experiences. Grab your picnic basket, your sturdiest deckchair or your convertible rooftop, and read on.

Outdoor Cinemas Bondi Openair

Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema

Sydney University (Nov 25th – Dec 21st 2016) & Bondi (Jan 19th – Feb 26th 2017)

Soak up the serenity at the Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema. This year, they’ve expanded their locations to Sydney University’s Cadigal Green, as well as their regular Bondi location. There is always a knockout season of blockbusters, art house flicks and family favourites. Movie’s screen day and night, equipped with a wide range of snacks, a bar and some special Ben & Jerry’s goodies. Keep an ear out for the ‘Sundae Session’, a dedicated live music event with FREE Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Tickets are $20 for adults and $16 for concessions if booked online. Tickets at the door are $5 extra. The Inner-West (Sydney University) program has been announced already. For all the information and to book your tickets click here. More details on Bondi yet to be announced.

Inner-West Opening Night Movie: Inferno (2016)

Outdoor cinemas Flickerfest

Flickerfest, Bondi Beach

January 06 – January 15, 2017

Flickerfest is Australia’s leading competitive short film festival. Running for 25 years, filmmakers know that it’s a must visit date on the International Short Film Festival calendar. With over 2,300 global entries, just over 100 new short films from around the world are screening. The competition will be tight and some of the most innovative and creative films will compete beside the Bondi shoreline.

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Moonlight Cinema, Centennial Park

December 01, 2016 – April 02, 2017

Another grande dame of the outdoor cinema circuit is the Moonlight Cinema. Plaid picnic blankets have been rolled out over the Belvedere Ampitheatre in Centennial Parklands for years. Advance screenings, new releases and cult films are all shown. A fully licensed bar, candy bar, and LA Style Food Truck caters for all your cinematic snack needs. You can also take your own picnic and bring any food or drink (including alcohol) you’d like. Gold Class takes the form of ‘Gold Grass’ ($35), where the VIP treatment includes entry, your own Bean Bed, and food and beverage service. Those summer movie dates just reached a new level!

Opening Night Movie: Sully (2016)View Program

Outdoor Cinemas Movie by the Boulevard

Movies by the Boulevard, Sydney Olympic Park

January 07 – January 26, 2017

Movies by the Boulevard is a relaxed, family-friendly film fest, which also happens to be FREE. On selected nights there are even kids’ activities but make sure to check what’s screening as not all movies are appropriate for kiddies.

Opening Night Movie: Zootopia (2016)  View Program

Outdoor Cinemas Skyline Drive-in Blacktown

Skyline Drive-In, Blacktown


Nostalgia meets Hollywood glam at Sydney’s last remaining drive-in Skyline Drive-In Blacktown. Originally built in the 1960s, the twin-screen venue went through a massive revamp a couple of years ago and was transformed into an ode to retro Americana, but with all the mod cons. The Blacktown Drive-In is part of Event Cinemas, so you’ll catch all the latest Hollywood films released in theatres, but from the comfort of your car. You can also bask under the moonshine on a ‘Grass Class’ deck chairs. When those hunger pains strike, hit up the Happy Days-style diner for a burger, hotdog, malt shake, spider or banana split.

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Sunset Cinema

North Sydney (Jan 19th – March 18th, 2017) Wollongong (Dec 16th, 2016 – Feb 18, 2017)


The Sunset Cinema has two convenient (or inconvenient for some) suburban locations! North Sydney Oval is home to the North Sydney location. Where a local landmark is lit up by a large screen and luminous residents. Wollongong Botanic Gardens are also rewarded with the wonderful outdoor cinemas passionate about community fun! With screenings ranging from the newest Hollywood blockbusters to the oldest classics and retro favourites, The Sunset Cinema have perfected the outdoor cinemas under the stars, and brought them to the suburbs!

Opening Night Movie: The Accountant (2016)   Wollongong Program   North Sydney Program

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Sydney Hills Outdoor Cinema, Castle Hill

January 12 – February 12, 2017

The much anticipated third return of the Sydney Hills Outdoor Cinema is back in 2017. The best seats on the lawn are found in the SMOOTH VIP section, with premium deck chairs and a Twisted Frozen Yoghurt Cup included. The VIP Bell Tents are back. The private tents are a popular favourite that can be hired for up to 8 people. You’ll have a private butler delivering all your food and drinks to your tent so you won’t need to move a muscle from your movie-watching fortress.

The newest addition to Sydney Hills is the all new Koala Class tickets! Koala Class tickets give you access to your very own Koala king size bedroom suite. Get cozy under the stars with blankets, pillows and a private butler all included. Now that’s movie night done right!

Opening Night Movie: The Founder (2016)  View Program


Movie Mondays at The Argyle

Runs every Monday night throughout the year

On Monday nights The Argyle in The Rocks transforms into the ultimate outdoor cinema under the stars. There’s a range of movies from old to new, bad to good, staff picks and your pick! On top of that, it wouldn’t be The Argyle if there wasn’t a cheeky drinks special. Movie Mondays offer a Pizza & Cocktail Jug Special of your choice for $36.

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