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Great Ocean Road Pop-Up Cinema Trail

Shipping container cinemas have popped up along the Great Ocean Road for its 100 year anniversary.
By Abbey Smith
September 20, 2019
By Abbey Smith
September 20, 2019

The Great Ocean Road is celebrating 100 years this month with a bunch of pop-up cinemas appearing along the coast. The cinemas are actually shipping containers that have been cleverly converted into 1920s art deco-style lounges complete with vintage furnishings, velvet couches, wallpaper and curtains.

The mini movie theatres have been dropped at various locations along the coast, from Torquay all the way down to Apollo Bay. From now until Sunday, October 6, they'll be screening a series of five short films. The series, The Story of the Road, delves into the life of the road, including its Indigenous history, construction and the community that lives around it.

The ten-minute screenings are running throughout the day from 9am–5pm, and until 7pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. While the screenings are free, capacity is super limited to 5–10 people, so it might be smart to pre-register to avoid a wait.

But you can just rock up, too. Screenings run every ten minutes, and the films don't have to be viewed in any particular order. And if ten minutes just isn't enough, tickets for the special documentary screenings and other events are available from $30, featuring a half-hour deep dive into the Great Ocean Road from the very beginning.


Torquay Foreshore — The Esplanade, Torquay
Anglesea Village Green — Lions Park, Anglesea
Lorne Foreshore — Mountjoy Parade, Lorne
Wye Beach — corner Morely Avenue and Wongarra Drive, Wye River
Apollo Bay Foreshore — Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay

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