Puppies, patronuses and popcorn under the stars.

The beloved Cameo Cinema will once again showcase some of the summer's most talked-about films on its magnificent outdoor movie screen under the stars. From mid-November until April 2017, audiences will get the chance to nestle down in deckchairs and beanbags, with craft beer, homemade choc-tops and freshly popped popcorn in hand. If that's not worth the drive out to Belgrave, then we just don't know what is.

The full Cameo Outdoor Cinema summer program has us pretty excited. The season begins with a midnight, moonlight screening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Remember: if you don't come dressed as a wizard, you're doing it wrong. Other titles include new Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds doco One More Time With Feeling, the much-anticipated Trainspotting sequel, British Film Festival fave A Monster Calls and based-on-fact film Lion.

Animal lovers will also be pleased with a pair of Bring Your Pet sessions, of A Dog's Purpose and Red Dog: True Blue. We're a little more sceptical about a Valentine's Day showing of Fifty Shades Darker, although the wine and ice cream giveaways should at least keep you partially distracted from the movie.

It doesn't hurt that the Cameo concessions are a cut above what you'll find at your local shopping centre multiplex. They've got craft beer and boutique wines, edamame, and lollies from The Sassafras Sweet Co., to name but a few. Alternatively, you can bring a picnic of your own – this is one cinema where you won't have ushers pestering you about bringing in outside food.

Published on November 12, 2016 by Tom Clift

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