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Moonlight Cinema's Jam-Packed 2019–20 Program Is Here

With a heap of new releases, retro flicks and Christmas specials.
By Sarah Ward
November 12, 2019
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Moonlight Cinema's Jam-Packed 2019–20 Program Is Here

With a heap of new releases, retro flicks and Christmas specials.
By Sarah Ward
November 12, 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 Christmas, Die Hard, Home Alone, Love 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 in Sydney and Melbourne, November 30 in Perth and December 14 in Brisbane, it's a lengthy list. With recently or newly released movies a big part of Moonlight's lineup, expect to watch Rocketman, Hustlers, Joker, Ford v Ferrari, Knives Out, Cats, Star 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 Bring It On first waved its pom poms, step back into The Matrix in some cities, and revisit last year's A Star Is Born — as well as Bohemian Rhapsody in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Dirty 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 everywhere except Brisbane — and bring your dog everywhere but Perth.

MOONLIGHT CINEMA 2019 DATES

Sydney: Nov 28–Mar 29 (Centennial Park)
Melbourne: Nov 28–Mar 29 (Central Lawn at Royal Botanic Gardens)
Perth: Nov 30–Mar 29 (Kings Park and Botanic Garden)
Adelaide: Dec 13–Feb 16 (Botanic Park)
Brisbane: Dec 14–March 29 (Roma Street Parkland)

The Moonlight Cinema kicks off on November 28. For more information and bookings, visit the website.

Top image: Moonlight Cinema Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

Published on November 12, 2019 by Sarah Ward

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