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 Buffy or an arsty foreign film. Each venue keeps upping the ante with festival-like venues, gourmet food and drink and live music, and we've even found a dog-friendly outdoor cinema in Perth!
We’ve tracked down Perth’s best outdoor cinemas for you to spend an evening under the stars. Check. Them. Out.
Located at the ivy laden grounds of the University of Western Australia and a stone's throw away from the Swan River, Somerville outdoor cinemas is one of Perth’s best outdoor cinema experiences. Nestled between the pine trees are rows and rows of beach chairs, picnickers, strung fair lights and food huts. Movies are usually of the subtitled variety—the kind you stumble upon late night on SBS.
Hidden in the trees of the ECU campus, Lotterywest venue Joondalup Pines is another unique outdoor cinema experience. The Perth International Arts Festival films run here and at the Somerville. Grab a pizza and beer and plonk yourself into a beach chair for max summer vibes.
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.
Telethon Community Cinemas
Burswood, Bassendean, Murdoch University & Mandurah
Aside from providing you with plenty of good movie-filums, 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. Heck yes!
Moonlight Cinemas are 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.
A retro garden paradise above the streets of Northbridge, Rooftop Movies is one of the best rooftop movie experiences to be had in Perth. The peeps behind the Fringe Festival have put an eclectic mix of movies on the menu. Grab a wine from one of the vintage caravans and a sneaky dough pizza, snuggle into a beanbag and enjoy the show. The screen is under renovation at the moment but will be back up and running from Australia Day onwards. More events will be added to this page shortly to reflect the upcoming movies.
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 for some jazz, world music, folk or blues and take advantage of the bar before heading to your deckchair or beanbag.
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 The Room.
GUYS! You can bring your dog to Openair Cinemas! So if you don't have a pooch, start planning how you're going to steal one now before the next Openair Cinemas season opens up.
Free outdoor screenings in the heart of bustling Northbridge, head to Northbridge Piazza for cultural gems like “Winona Wednesday”. They’ve also got you covered for your annual Love Actually fix to get you into the Christmas spirit.
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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Somerville | Image credit: Perth Festival