One of the best things you can do on a warm summer night is head to one of Perth’s many outdoor cinemas for a dose of nostalgia, a blockbuster or an artsy foreign film. Each venue keeps upping the ante with festival-like venues, gourmet food and drink, and live music. We've even found a dog-friendly outdoor cinema in Perth.
We’ve tracked down Perth’s best outdoor cinemas so you can spend an evening watching the stars under the stars.
A retro garden paradise above the streets of Northbridge, Rooftop Movies is one of the best rooftop movie experiences to be had in Perth, and they’re finally back in action this weekend. They’ve put an eclectic mix of movies on this year’s menu including much-loved festive flicks Love Actually, Home Alone and Die Hard; pop-culture classics The Lizzie McGuire Movie, Legally Blonde and Matilda; and of course, some newbies like Free Guy, The Last Duel and Shang Chi And The Legend of the Ten Rings. Grab a wine from one of the vintage caravans, with juicy burgers and signature fried chicken from Huxtaburger - you'll be snuggling into a beanbag and enjoying the show. Just be quick about it, tickets are selling fast.
Telethon Community Cinemas
Burswood, Bassendean, Murdoch University And ECU Joondalup Pines
Aside from providing you with plenty of good movie films, the Telethon Community Cinemas will leave you feeling good about yourself for donating some of your hard-earned cash to kiddos in need. The tickets are cheap, the sausage sizzle is killer AND they're licensed.
Galaxy Drive-In Theatre
Galaxy Drive-in Theatre is where the movie magic happens. Get a car full of friends (or a hot date) and stock up on pillows, blankets and caramel popcorn. There’s so much nostalgia to be had.
Moonlight Cinema is hosted on the lush lawns of our iconic Kings Park. Grab a picnic blanket and watch new releases and cult classics in this magical outdoor setting. We’re still waiting on this season’s program to drop, so stay tuned on this one folks.
Located at the ivy laden grounds of the University of Western Australia and a stone's throw from the Swan River, Somerville outdoor cinema is one of Perth’s best outdoor cinema experiences. Nestled between the pine trees are rows and rows of beach chairs, picnickers, strung fairy lights and food huts. You won't find your blockbuster films here, the movies on offer are part of Perth Festival's annual Lotterywest Film Season, so you’ll have to hold off until that lands in 2022.
Camelot Outdoor Cinema
Ah the ancient outdoor kingdom of Camelot Outdoor Cinema, put on by Luna Palace. This intimate art deco venue in Mosman Park is perfect not only for your movie fix but for some live music action. Arrive early to enjoy jazz, world music, folk or blues and take advantage of the bar before heading to your deckchair or beanbag. Keep an eye out for the 2021 program.
Out the back of the Luna cinema in Leederville, and guarded by a small town of garden gnomes, Luna Outdoor is the perfect place to spend a balmy summer night. Head there for one of their interactive screenings of everyone's favourite terrible movie The Room. Luna Outdoor reopens this December so check back soon for the program.
Free outdoor screenings in the heart of bustling Northbridge, head to Northbridge Piazza for cultural gems. Grab some takeout from a nearby restaurant and make a night of it.
Hidden in the Hills is one of Perth’s most magical outdoor cinemas, Kookaburra Cinema. With the state forest as a backdrop, it’s the perfect way to spend a night under the stars.
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