Sydney’s summer is more than iconic, with the beautiful must-visit beaches and huge array of dining options. However, over the recent years, Sydney has developed quite the reputation for luxurious outdoor cinemas. Below are the top three star-lit cinemas that are sure to play the new releases and also some fan favourite films.
Mov’in Bed is hosted on the carpark rooftop at the Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park, Eastern Suburbs. This cinema opens on Friday the 17th of January and will be playing movies almost every evening until Sunday the 8th of March. Mov’in Bed is the biggest outdoor bed cinema in the world, with 150 beds provided for guest under the beautiful summer skies. Instead of the boring old picnic rug and beach chairs, the beds are queen sized with LED-lit bedside tables, comfortable pillows and even a blanket.
Mov’in Bed was launched in the summer of 2016 and was sold out in an incredible two weeks and was titled one of the five best cinema experiences in the world. The operators mix the latest blockbusters, the movies of the year, Disney classics and special horror movie nights. For those who love to snack during a movie, the outdoor bed cinema also brings gourmet goods. There will be multiple pop-up restaurants delivering delicious food straight to your designated bed. Beer, wine, popcorn and lollies can all be enjoyed under the star-lit sky as well.
A Mov’in Bed ticket will set you back $73.80 for a two person bed, or $93.90 for a three person bed. General admission without the bed is just $12.
Moonlight Cinemas is hosted in Centennial Park, again in the Eastern Suburbs and is open from the 28th of November 2019 until the 29th of March 2020. The cinema will be and already has been playing fan favourites, Disney for the kids, the best films of the year and the current blockbusters.
Moonlight Cinema is partnered with event Cinemas, so the pricing isn’t anything too extreme. The standard general admission is $20, the “Gold Grass package” is worth $40 and includes a bean bed with premium viewing location and wait service, the “Connoisseur Lounge” is $35 and includes a bean bed and a connoisseur ice-cream, and the “Platinum Experience” is valued at $195 for two people, which includes a premium double bean bed, the best viewing seats in house, wait service, and a food and drink package (including a bottle of wine, Lindt sharing bag, a choice of two hot food items, and two blankets that can be taken home).
Sunday’s at Moonlight have you covered if you’re a Somersby cider fan, with amazing deals on Apple, Pear and Watermelon cider up for grabs at a discounted price. The food menu available consists of dishes such as salt and pepper squid, corn fritters, spring rolls, fries, sticky chicken and twice cooked pork belly bites. Additionally standard movie food such as popcorn (of different flavours), Doritos, ice-creams, Smith’s chips, chocolates and lollies are also available.
Westpac Open Air
The Westpac Open Air cinema is located in the Royal Botanical Garden’s down near Sydney Harbour. Open from the 9th of January to the 21st of February, the venue hosts more than just movies.
Food, drinks and the summer city lights are the vibe at Westpac Open Air. The giant screen rises in front of Sydney Harbour, boasting some of the most incredible views. Westpac has partnered with two incredible chefs, bringing more to the movie scene than just popcorn. A1 Canteen by Clayton Wells, brings a diverse and delicious menu of “grab and go” items like gourmet sandwiches, hot meals and of course dessert. The Lounge by James Viles is the other partner bringing incredible tastes. Dishes from Viles includes oysters, trout, beef tartare, bbq pork neck, slow cooked chicken and small salads.
A general admission ticket is valued at $40 for adults and $38 for concession. Guests are also welcome to upgrade their experience. With either attending the Croser Lounge for an extra $20 per person, where they will have reserved seating in the cinema grandstand and outdoor reserved seating in a dedicated dining area with the choice to purchase food from A1 Canteen and bar, with a complimentary glass of Croser NV Sparkling.
The other upgrade is reserved seating at The Lounge by James Viles with beautiful direct views over Sydney Harbour. Guests will dine from an a la carte menu, and will also enjoy the film from premium reserved grandstand seating, all for an additional $30 per person.