Sure, the calendar says it’s spring, but the ever-rising mercury has us thinking we might just have scored ourselves another endless summer. Which means it’s the perfect time to enjoy all things alfresco… especially when it comes to the flicks.
After making stops around Australia, the American Express Openair Cinema is finally rolling into our backyard. Held at Western Springs in Auckland from January 15 to February 14 and in Christchurch from February 26 to March 29, there’s a jam-packed itinerary to get amongst.
Festival vibes will be in full swing, celebrating all things food, fun and flicks. Some of the blockbuster films on offer include Joker, Knives Out, Charlie's Angels and Jojo Rabbit. And on February 4 in Auckland, there’s a special screening of the highly anticipated, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
While the films will kick off around 8pm, gates open at 6pm so head in early and grab a mouth-watering wood-fired pizza and antipasti from the legends at Presto Pizza. Sweet tooths can cap it off with a scoop or two of Haagen Dazs ice cream.
Tipple-wise, they’ve got something for everyone with brews from Giesen Wines and Kaiser beer, and on Wednesday evenings you'll be able to sample the full range of Giesen Wines (up to 8 different varieties) before settling in for the film.
Among all the eating and drinking there will also be live music and DJs before the film. Even better, it’s a dog-friendly event, so no one misses out.
Grab your picnic rug and a pillow or hire a lounger online to add an extra level of comfort to your night under the stars.
General admission is $14 but you can upgrade to a premium ticket which scores you access to the Star Lounge, reserved seating on a comfy bean bag, service straight to you and a glass of wine.
Tickets are on sale now. To get yours, head here.
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