Outdoor cinemas in Sydney mean seeing a movie under the stars. You’re in for a totally different experience.
Imagine snuggling under a blanket on a picnic rug or taking in the lights of the Harbour Bridge in the background - with a cinema-sized screen in front of you showing the latest Hollywood movie.
Or perhaps you’d rather see a cult classic such as Pulp Fiction or The Goonies?
St George Open Air Cinema
The St George Open Air Cinema has stunning views of Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Opera House. At times you’ll be more inclined to watch the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House than the movie itself!
In all seriousness, it is one of the most sublime ways to spend a summer evening in Sydney.
The cinema itself is located at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair in downtown Sydney. It has a nice mix of Hollywood’s new releases as well as old favourites such as Casablanca.
The restaurant and bar serve food, alcohol and coffee from 6:15 pm each night. Currently you are not allowed to bring your own food and drinks into the St George Open Air, although you can do this at the Moonlight Cinema in Centennial Park (reviewed below). Movies start at about 8:30 pm.
The St George Open Air Cinema is one of the most popular outdoor cinemas in Sydney, so tickets often sell out before each night’s screening. However, a small amount of tickets are set aside each night for those without pre-booked tickets. You will need to queue up for these tickets - a small inconvenience. Tickets are around $20 AUD.
Sydney's Moonlight Cinema
The Moonlight Cinema in Sydney is situated in beautiful Centennial Park. Although the view is not quite as stunning as at the St George Open Air Cinema, the Moonlight Cinema has a much more relaxed atmosphere.
This is because you can often buy tickets on the night (which allows you to be spontaneous!) and you are allowed to bring your own food, alcohol and picnic blanket. You can even bring a dog, if it’s well-behaved! There are food stalls on site if you wish to buy dinner or snacks.
The Moonlight Cinema screens a nice blend of new releases and old favourites or cult classics, such as The Goonies or Stand By Me. Tickets for the Moonlight Cinema are about $15 AUD - about the same as at the nearby multiplexes.
Other outdoor cinemas in Sydney
There are other outdoor cinemas in Sydney, such as the Starlight Cinema at North Sydney Oval, and the Open Air Cinema at Bondi Beach.
In my opinion, the best outdoor cinemas in Sydney are the St George Open Air Cinema for its fantastic views of the harbour, and the Moonlight Cinema at Centennial Park for its picnic-style atmosphere.
I hope you enjoy your experience at one of the fantastic outdoor cinemas in Sydney.