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.
After three years off, free outdoor screenings are returning to Northbridge Piazza this month. We could not be more excited by the flicks on offer, with a range of family friendly movies, festive classics like Love Actually and an iconic Seinfeld Festivas (for the rest of us) viewing that should be on everyone's list. There's no need to book but we suggest you head in early to claim a beanbag, otherwise just throw down a rug and cuddle up. You can BYO picnic goodies or just grab some takeout from a nearby restaurant and make a night of it.
A retro garden paradise above the streets of Northbridge, Rooftop Movies is arguably the best outdoor movie experience in Perth, so we're super excited to see it back in action from 4 November 2023. We're not the only ones excited though, so be warned, sessions will sell out very fast—you'll wanna act quick to scoop up tix to the first drop of flicks including much-loved festive movies Love Actually and Elf, pop-culture classics 10 Things I Hate About You and The Princess Diaries, and of course, some newbies like Amsterdam, Don't Worry Darling and Thor: Love And Thunder. 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.
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 most beautiful 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. This one kicks off in December, so keep an eye out for the 2022 program.
Luna Leederville Outdoor
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.
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. It runs from November through til April, so check back later for the 2022 program.
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