At Urban List, we're big believers that one of the best things you can do on a warm summer night is settle in for a movie under the stars. And with Perth's fave outdoor cinemas upping the ante each year with festival-like venues, gourmet food and drink, and live music, there's plenty of top options.
With outdoor cinema season around the corner, we've rounded up some of Perth’s best outdoor cinemas to fill your summer with.
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 hands down one of Perth’s most beautiful outdoor cinema experiences. Nestled between the pine trees you'll find rows and rows of beach chairs, picnickers, strung fairy lights and food huts to keep you satisfied. What you won't find, though, are your big blockbuster films—the movie program here is part of Perth Festival's annual Lotterywest Film Season and features plenty of amazing new international flicks. Scope out what's on offer here before it kicks off on Monday 20 November.
Rendezvous Film Club
Scarborough is adding to its summertime allure with a brand new rooftop cinema opening 24 levels above the beachside action, on top of the iconic Rendezvous Hotel. Boasting panoramic ocean views, premium snacks and movie-themed cocktails crafted by Four Pillars, the Rendezvous Film Club will be screening every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 1 December. The program is out now, and if you wanna make a night of it they've even got a lovely little accom package going too.
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 already. Keep yourself satisfied with a little something from Benedict's Burgerbuns and a drink or two from the bar, thanks to local legends Gage Roads, Mad Fish wines and Idle Hands cocktails. Or keep it tradish with a big box of popcorn and a choctop.
Moonlight Cinema is hosted on the lush lawns of our iconic Kings Park throughout the summer months. You're welcome to BYO food and drinks (including booze) or just pick up a box of popcorn and something extra when you get there, with plenty of banging bites to choose from and some stellar VIP packages for those chasing something extra.
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.
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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.
During the warmer months, you can often catch completely free outdoor screenings at Northbridge Piazza. 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. Stay tuned for more info on what's happening this summer.
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 indie flicks fresh from the festival circuit washed down with cheeseboards, choc bombs and cocktails. The full program drops 23 November.
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.
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