You know summer's almost here in Sydney when openair cinemas start making big ol' announcements. Sydney's most visually stunning openair cinema, St George Openair Cinema, is back for the summer. Celebrating its 20th season this year, Sydney's beloved cinema with a million dollar view returns to Mrs Macquaries Point on Thursday, January 7 for a huge 40-night season until February 19.
The 2016 program, announced today, will see fourteen premiere and preview screenings, a selection of 2015’s best arthouse films, as well as the all-time favourite Christmas and New Year releases. First up, opening night will see the Sydney premiere of Looking for Grace — bound to sell out. Then it's all Oscar tips, all the time, from Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara's hotly anticipated Carol, to Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl. Michael Fassbender as the Apple luminary Steve Jobs is in there, alongside Spotlight, Brooklyn, Trumbo, Hail, Caesar! and Room. Yep, we're already clearing our calendar.
This year's summer blockbusters are all on the bill too, from Star Wars: The Force Awakens to the Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter ruling in Suffragette, alongside Jennifer Lawrence's Joy, the epic In the Heart of the Sea, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's Sisters, and the (for some reason) remake of Point Break. Films you might have missed at the cinema or just want to dive into another time also abound, from Amy Schumer's Trainwreck to The Martian, Everest, The Walk, Spectre, Man Up and Sicario.
There were more than 50,000 tickets sold last year in the first days of pre-sales in December, so you'd better be organised when tickets go on sale on December 7. Keeping their tried and true formula intact, St George Openair Cinema will return with their epic grandstand seating, with those insane views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House which perpetually distract us from the 350 square metre cinema screen. Stupid beautiful Sydney.
St George Openair Cinema 2016 runs January 7 to February 19. Advance tickets are on sale at 9am on December 7, 2015. Visit the website for updates and the full program, or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.