A Guide To Adelaide’s Summer Outdoor Cinemas


Gone are the days where everyone flocked to the drive though, to cram into a hot car and watch Home Alone with the family. Where you *may* have lost your gum in the backseat of your car, while you were fighting with your sister. Where your neck got sore peering around the head rest that was positioned firmly in front of you. These days most people just chill at home and catch the latest movies on demand, but THERE IS SOMETHING BETTER.

Yes, I’m talking about moonlit cinemas.

Where you grab your mates, a picnic basket of your favourite nibbles, and a bottle of SA’s best, and settling in for a great night.

Where watching a flick is still a social affair, and you get to soak up the best of Summer. Unless of course, you were at the Moonlight Cinema screening of Christmas Party last year with us, when the lightning storm forced everyone to flee for their lives.

I digress.

Sitting under the stars is a pretty amazing way to watch a film. And Adelaide is delivering. In addition to the latest line up of films from Moonlight Cinema being released, there’s some other places you can catch a movie around town. And as we do, we’ve made a guide, just for you.

Chasing Asylum Outdoor Cinema Screening
November 30th 2017
Welcome to Crossing Borders SA’s final event of the year, an outdoor documentary screening of Chasing Asylum: An exploration of Australia’s controversial Pacific Solution policy as it relates to asylum seekers and refugees. More info here http://www.chasingasylum.com.au/about. Join the group for a picnic dinner and drinks, followed by a screening of the documentary by Eva Orner. Bring along nibbles & drinks, bean bags or chairs and relax as everyone celebrates the end of the year while learning more about the complex effects of indefinite detention on those effected. Arrive from 6pm, movie to begin at sunset. Address to be released closer to the date – will be located in St Peters. Gold coin entry fee to cover costs, with any proceeds to be donated to our friends at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. No ticket required.
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Moonlight Cinema, Botanic Park
From December 1st
Australia’s favourite open air cinema showing advance screenings, new release and cult films in the Botanic Park, Adelaide.
Cost: Seniors & kids $14.50, students $16.50, adults $19, Connoisseur Lounge $30, Gold Grass Package $35
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Christmas in the Park at Mitchell Park – Home Alone
December 2nd 2017
Celebrate Christmas at Mitchell Park with a movie and picnic night at Mitchell Park Community Centre. Bring your bean bags, fold up chairs and get into the Christmas spirit. There will also be market stalls, games and activities, free face painting and a free sausage sizzle. All children will receive a drink and snack for the movie, and door prizes will be drawn when the movie is finished. Bring your picnic rug and settle in for a night of festive fun. Bookings are essential by calling the centre on 8375 6804. This is a joint activity with Junction Australia.
Tickets and info

Ignite Unley Free Outdoor Cinema – How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Friday December 8th 2017
Celebrate everything Christmas! Activities start from 6pm with ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ screening from sunset. Explore Christmas markets, be entertained with live music and indulge in gourmet delights from Adelaide’s favourite food trucks. Come early for a swim, $1 entry at the Unley Swimming Centre from 4pm.
Cost: FREE
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Nurioopta War Memorial Swimming Pool (Barossa) – Beauty and the Beast (rated PG)
Friday December 8th 2017
Movie screening time = 8.30pm (when dark enough). Family friendly event – strictly no alcohol. FREE BBQ. FREE raffles (great prizes including SONY portable blue-tooth speaker worth $100). Popcorn and fairy floss available for gold coin donation. Big inflatable and inflatable boats in pool. Please BYO blankets, picnic rugs and beanbags.
Cost: $5 per person or $20 family pass
Tickets and info

The Stirling Golf Outdoor Cinema – Red Dog
Saturday December 9th 2017
The Stirling Golf Club invites you to be a part of the first instalment of our picturesque outdoor cinema. Bring your family and friends and enjoy the award winning film; Red Dog. Based on the true Australian Legend, Red Dog is the story of a lovable red dog who roamed the outback looking for his original master, finding his way into the hearts of everyone he meets, bringing people and communities together, some who find love, and others who find themselves. This event is not to be missed so buy your tickets now to reserve your spot!
Cost: Adults $10, kids under 12 free
Tickets and info

Southern Starlight Cinema – Film to be announced
Saturday December 9th 2017
Join us for a FREE outdoor cinema screening of a popular Christmas film** BBQ, Cake stall, popcorn, fairy floss and movie snacks for sale on the night. Sausage sizzle & raffle happening on the night too. The event will be held on the lawns of historic Christchurch – 1708 Main South Road, O’Halloran Hill at 8:30pm. ** due to film licensing restrictions we are unable to advertise the exact title of the film. For more information phone 0421 858 618. BYO chairs, picnic blankets etc.
Cost: FREE
Info and tickets

Norwood Oval – The Grinch
December 16th 2017
Round up the family for a night at the movies and catch a free screening of The Grinch(PG) at our open air cinema on the oval. Get there early to enjoy roving entertainment, live music, food and drinks. Bring your rugs and a picnic and enjoy a free movie under the stars. The movie will start at sun-down.
Cost: FREE
Tickets and info

Cinema Among the Vines (McLaren Vale) – Rise of the Guardians
December 16th 2017
Entry from 6pm. Live music. Food available. NO BYO Alcohol, bar facilities available. For more info phone 8323 9944.
Cost: Gold coin donation
Tickets and info

Marion Cultural Centre Outdoor Movies – ELF (plus more!)
22 December – ELF (G)
5 January – DUMB & DUMBER (PG)
12 January – SING (G)
19 January – BABE (G)
Family event on the MCC Plaza from sunset. Bring your own chair. Signatures Cafe open for light refreshments.
Cost: FREE
Tickets and info

Cinema By The Sea – NYE 2017 – Moana
December 31st 2017
This event in Christies Beach is for families with kids and the elderly that don’t go out for NYE to come out and enjoy a fabulous Family evening by the seaside. The Christies Beach Business and Tourism Association, supported by City of Onkaparinga in conjunction with Orange Fridge, Selling SA Christies Beach and Roadside Services are bringing you the event. This is a NO ALCOHOL event. GOLD COIN DONATIONS supporting Australian Childhood Foundation. JAFFA the Orange Kombi, (a Christies Beach local) Kombi – A F Photo Booths will make an appearance. Foodies to be announced. More info to be released by the end of November.
Cost: FREE
Tickets and info

Campbelltown Movies In The Park – Film to be announced
Saturday February 3rd 2018
Save the date for Campbelltown YAC’s annual Movies in the Park event! With FREE activities and entertainment plus food vans and more available this event is always the biggest on the YAC Calendar and a favourite for many! Film TBC – watch this space, subscribe to their mailing list (www.campbelltownyouth.com) or like ‘Campbelltown Youth’ on Facebook to have your say on what film they should screen in 2018! They are currently considering films and welcome movie suggestions* – please send through details of any films you would like Campbelltown YAC to consider for Movies in the Park 2018 to [email protected]au, by commenting in the Facebook event or by PM to the ‘Campbelltown Youth’ Facebook page.
Tickets and info

American Express Openair Cinema
From March 15th 2018
Cinemagoers can chill out before their movie with gourmet food cooked fresh on site and frosty beverages from the licensed bar, while relaxing to sounds from the best of the Australian music scene and sets from the most exciting emerging local musicians. Then once the sun sets, a mix of the latest and greatest releases light up our cinema under the stars for a truly memorable experience. Tickets start at $12.50 and are on-sale now via: openaircinemas.com.au


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