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Grab Your Picnic Blanket: Sunset Cinema Is Back for 2023–24 with Another Season of Outdoor Movies

Another summer tradition returns, this time with everything from Christmas movies to 'Barbie' and 'Saltburn'.
By Sarah Ward
December 06, 2023
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By Sarah Ward
December 06, 2023
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Beaches, pools, rooftop bars, outdoor cinemas: nowhere in Australia can have too many when summer hits. For movie lovers, Sunset Cinema is one such spot to see a film under the stars — and it's back for its 2023–24 season with stops new and old, plus flicks that fit both categories.

Over the the next few sunny months, then heading into autumn as well, this excuse to hit the pictures in the open air has seven stops on its itinerary: its new venue in Bondi, which is on now; a return to Canberra, which is also taking place at the moment; and comebacks at North Sydney, Mt Martha, Wollongong, St Kilda and Brisbane all to come. The dates vary, as does exactly how long that Sunset Cinema is getting its projector whirring in each place, but cosy date nights and easy group hangs outdoors all await.

Bondi's season runs until Saturday, December 23 at Dolphin Court, with Jaws, Saltburn, The Marvels, and Christmas titles such as Elf, Love Actually, Home Alone and The Nightmare Before Christmas on its roster for its final days.

In Canberra, you have until Saturday, February 24 to head to the Australian National Botanic Gardens, where highlights include festive fare — of course — as well as Barbie, an advance screening of the Mean Girls musical, Wonka, Priscilla and Poor Things.

North Sydney will enjoy a three-month stint from Friday, December 8—Saturday, March 9 at North Sydney Oval. In addition to Christmas movies — a staple at every Sunset Cinema that's running in December — the lineup includes many of the above titles, as well as other standouts such as Past Lives, The Boy and the Heron, Ferrari, Force of Nature: The Dry 2 and perennial favourite 10 Things I Hate About You.

From Wednesday, December 20—Friday, January 20 at The Briars at Mt Martha gets in on the action. Then, the Wollongong Botanic Garden joins in from Thursday, January 11–Saturday, March 24.

In St Kilda, you'll be able to head along from February 2024, with exact dates and a venue to be announced. And Brisbane gets its turn from sometime in March 2024 at Maritime Green at Northshore, where Sunset Cinema set up shop in 2023.

At all stops around the country, BYO picnics are encouraged, but the event is fully licensed, so alcohol can only be purchased onsite. Didn't pack enough snacks? There's hot food options, plus plenty of the requisite movie treats like chips, chocolates, lollies and popcorn.

SUNSET CINEMA 2023–24 DATES:

Bondi, NSW: until Saturday, December 23 at Dolphin Court
Canberra, ACT: until Saturday, February 24 at Australian National Botanic Gardens
North Sydney, NSW: Friday, December 8—Saturday, March 9 at North Sydney Oval
Mt Martha, VIC: Wednesday, December 20—Friday, January 20 at The Briars, Mt Martha
Wollongong, NSW: Thursday, January 11–Saturday, March 24 at Wollongong Botanic Garden
St Kilda, VIC: from February 2024, exact dates and venue TBC
Brisbane, QLD: from March 2024, exact dates TBC, at Maritime Green at Northshore

Sunset Cinema's 2023–24 season runs at various venues around the country on various dates. Head to the Sunset Cinema website for further details.

Published on December 06, 2023 by Sarah Ward
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