Sydney’s Sunset Cinema comes to Melbourne’s Gasworks Arts Park this November
Grab the insect spray, because after five years of wowing Sydney’s film goers, the Sunset Cinema has finally flown south to bring Melbourne cinema lovers a chance to watch the biggest stars under the stars.
Sunset Cinema opened with a bang on November 4th with block buster thriller The Girl On The Train – starring everyone’s girl-crush Emily Blunt – and continues through to November 26th with a mix of comedy, thrillers, rom-coms, and family-friendly films. With plenty of variety, there really is something for everyone, whether you have an army of tots in tow, or are just looking for a fun girl’s night out. And, if you’re feeling the cold in your bones on these unseasonably chilly November nights, Sunset Cinema has you covered on November 23rd when your dream boyfriend Patrick Swayze heats up the screen in a special screening of Dirty Dancing.
We had the chance to catch Viggo Mortensen’s latest film, Captain Fantastic, this week and had an absolute ball. There really is something special about snuggling up with a blanket (and a friend) in the moonlight while watching an awesome film, and with Sunset Cinema set smack bang in the middle of Albert Park’s art precinct, it’s easy to get to and uniquely beautiful. I’ll admit that I was a bit worried about how these old knees of mine would handle an entire film on a beanbag, but my fear was misplaced. The full length – well, full length when you’re 5’1″ – beanbag lounges are incredibly comfortable. Beanbag lounges and old school beanbags are available to hire for a fee, or you can bring your own picnic blanket free of charge. I recommend treating yourself to a beanbag for a luxe experience.
As far as food and drink goes, Sunset Cinema delivers the goods with food vans and a well stocked bar serving 4 Pines (a nod to the cinema’s Sydney birthplace) and Madfish Wines on site, with Eftpos facilities. When we visited, one of our favourite fomedod vans, Mamma Van, was serving up delicious tacos, fried chicken, and other deliciousness, and I was delighted to snuggle up with some poutine and cider for the screening. Seriously, try the poutine – you’ll thank me. Local faves, Boeri Bros and Kurbside Kravings will be on site in later weeks for you to get your food fix.
Screenings start at last light, so start times vary depending on sun down times. It can get a little chilly in the evenings and there’s a lot of mosquitos around at the moment, so I recommend bringing a blanket and some insect repellent. Sunset Cinema allows BYO food and non-alcoholic drinks, but food and drinks are available to purchase on site which is way more fun!
Runs from November 4th to 26th
Gasworks Art Park
21 Graham St, Albert Park
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