With a lineup of new hits, old classics and plenty in-between, Openair Cinemas returns for 2018 with all of the outdoor movie watching that Brisbanites know and love. Once again settling into South Bank's Rainforest Green from Thursday, October 4 to Sunday, November 11, the once-a-year film season will have you feasting your eyes on a flick while you're sat both by the river and under the stars.
This year's lineup jumps from opening night's Aussie AFL comedy The Merger to the dark comic book thrills of closing night's Venom. Yep, you can't say the program doesn't champion variety. Other highlights include the computer screen-based thriller Searching, the twisty delight that is A Simple Favour, espionage-fuelled amusement with The Spy Who Dumped Me and the chance to see The Meg near a body of water. Or, spend an indulgent evening with Crazy Rich Asians, wonder at the real-life rock-climbing adventure captured in documentary The Dawn Wall and get spooked by The Nun on Halloween.
In the beloved favourites camp sits 80s mainstays Dirty Dancing and The Breakfast Club, as well as Christmas rom-com Love Actually (but in October, so prepare to get festive early). A tenth anniversary celebration of Twilight's brooding vampire romance is also on the bill, and if you like surprises, keep an eye out — a couple of sessions haven't yet announced their flicks.
Openair Cinemas is also doggo-friendly, except on Halloween (because Fido gets afraid, too). If you don't have your own four-legged BFF, the RSPCA will be onsite every Wednesday for 'adopt a dog' Doggy Date sessions — where you can snuggle up to a pooch for the evening.
Live music and DJ performances are also part of the action and, because no trip to the cinemas, indoor or out, is complete without snacks, you'll be able to grab a bite and a drink onsite. Tuck into popcorn and ice cream, feast on a Salt Meats Cheese pizza, or sip a few 4Pines brews and Giesen wines. You can also BYO picnic, as long as you don't bring booze.