We’re pretty lucky up here in the Sunshine State when it comes to winter—unlike everyone breaking out the beanies and over-sized jumpers down south, we can usually just throw on a light jacket before heading out the door. Plus, winter brings with it clear blue skies and barely a chance of rain, making it much less risky to plan an outdoor activity in advance, which is why we’re pretty stoked that the American Express Openair Cinemas have announced their next Brisbane season is launching at the end of July, smack bang in the middle of winter.
Taking over Soundshell Hill in the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens from 19 July to 18 August, the Openair Cinemas will be bringing back all its usual features. There will be a stacked line-up of blockbuster flicks, blow-up lounges, delicious picnic eats and a bar—only this time, you’ll be cosying up under blankets while you enjoy the movie. Throw in a thermos of hot chocolate and we think it sounds like the best date night ever.
As for what you’ll be watching, there’s a film on the program for every movie lover, from the action-packed Men in Black 4 to the unlikely romance in Longshot. Music lovers can sing along to every song in the new live-action Aladdin (you know you want to), classic Beatles in Yesterday, or Elton John favourites in Rocketman, while those with an active inner child can nab tickets for Toy Story 4 or The Secret Life of Pets 2.
While you laugh, cry or sing along to what’s happening on screen you can chow down on wood-fired pizzas, antipasto platters, decadent salads and cheeky desserts from Italian fine food purveyors, Pizza Queensland Bros. Alternatively, pack your own snacks and just grab a drink (and perhaps a box of buttery popcorn) from the bar, which will be pouring beer, wine and a selection of other drinks.
The full line up of films on offer can be found here, with tickets on sale to the general public from 1 July.
Where: Soundshell Hill, Brisbane City Botanic Gardens
When: 19 July to 18 August
Wondering what else to get up to this winter? Get out and enjoy Brisbane's best walks and hikes here.
Image credit: Openair Cinemas