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.
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. Movies are usually of the subtitled variety; the kind you stumble upon late at 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 And Murdoch University
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.
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.
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 16 inch Mac Daddy's pizza, snuggle into a beanbag and enjoy the show. The tickets for the 2019 season are selling fast, check out the film lineup here.
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.
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.
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 season opens up in March.
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.
Forget packing a picnic rug and sitting on the grass, because Mov’in Bed is coming to Perth and they’re bringing their mattresses with them. Think 150 queen-sized beds with glowing side tables, comfy pillows and a blankie perched in front of the big screen. They even offer dinner under the stars. Keep your eyes peeled because they’ll be launching in Perth around November this year.
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