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Moonlight Cinema 2019–20

Summer has arrived with the return of the Royal Botanic Gardens' always-popular outdoor cinema.
By Sarah Ward
November 21, 2019
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Moonlight Cinema 2019–20

Summer has arrived with the return of the Royal Botanic Gardens' always-popular outdoor cinema.
By Sarah Ward
November 21, 2019
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When Moonlight Cinema returns for its 2019–20 season, the annual feast of outdoor movies will give film fans exactly what we all want. Sure, we're all keen to roll out our picnic blankets, sit under the stars and stare up at the big screen — but, given that this openair cinema launches at the end of each and every year, we also want Christmas movies.

In the week leading up to the big festive day, Moonlight will screen Last ChristmasDie HardHome AloneLove Actually and Elf. Yep, all the basics are covered. They're not the only highlights from the just-dropped November, December and January program, but they sure do twinkle brightly among a heap of other movie standouts.

If you're wondering what else will tempt your inner cinephile from November 28, it's a lengthy list. With recently or newly released movies a big part of Moonlight's lineup, expect to watch RocketmanHustlersJokerFord v FerrariKnives OutCatsStar Wars: Episode IX — The Rise of Skywalker and Charlie's Angels — and, in some cities, to see Brad Pitt twice thanks to Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Ad Astra. Moonlight also showcases advanced screenings of upcoming films, so add the Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron and Margot Robbie-starring Bombshell and Tom Hanks in It's A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood to your must-see pile.

Going retro, the outdoor cinema will mark 20 years since The Matrix with an anniversary screening, and revisit last year's A Star Is Born and Bohemian RhapsodyDirty Dancing is also on the bill, like every year — it wouldn't be a Moonlight without it.

The February and March lineup will be announced on January 15, so there are even more movies to come.

As always, Moonlight will also boast its usual food truck and licensed bar offering, and its reserved bean beds. You can also BYO booze and bring your dog.

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