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Sunset Cinema Is Touring the East Coast for Another Summer (and Autumn) of Movies Under the Stars

This openair cinema is setting up in leafy spots in Canberra, Sydney, Wollongong, Mt Martha, Melbourne and Brisbane.
By Sarah Ward
December 07, 2022
By Sarah Ward
December 07, 2022

Maybe it's the twilight glow. Perhaps it's the stars twinkling above. Or, it could be the cooling breeze, the picnic blankets and beanbags as far as the eye can see, and just seeing a movie grace a giant screen with a leafy backdrop. When the weather is warm enough Australia-wide, a trip to the cinema just seems to shine brighter when it's outdoors. That's Sunset Cinema's whole angle, in fact, and it's returning for another season across the east coast.

Over the summer of 2022–23 — and into autumn, too — this excuse to head to the flicks in the open air has seven stops on its itinerary: one in Canberra, three in New South Wales, two in Victoria and one in Queensland. In each, movie buffs can look forward to a lineup of new and classic titles, and a setup perfect for cosy date nights or an easy group hangs outdoors.

NSW's run gets started on Friday, December 9 at St Ives Showgrounds, screening through till Saturday, January 28 with a lineup that includes box-office behemoths Top Gun: Maverick and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Disney's Strange World, Aussie drama Blueback and Olivia Wilde's Don't Worry Darling. Also on the bill: a heap of festive flicks leading into Christmas, such as Elf, Love Actually, Home Alone and The Nightmare Before Christmas; and three dog-focused films in January, spanning Marley & Me, Scooby-Doo and 101 Dalmatians.

Sunset Cinema will also head to North Sydney Oval from Wednesday, January 11—Saturday, April 1, featuring the likes of 2022 hits The Menu and Everything Everywhere All At Once, Steven Spielberg's latest The Fabelmans, Whitney Houston biopic I Wanna Dance with Somebody, throwbacks such as There's Something About Mary and Crazy Stupid Love, and more.

And, at the Wollongong Botanic Garden from Thursday, December 15–Saturday, March 11, the season covers many of the aforementioned titles — the Christmas lineup included — and also Mean Girls, Freaky Friday and The Parent Trap as part of a Lohan Fest.

In Victoria, Mt Martha is first on the agenda, with Sunset Cinema hitting The Briars from Wednesday, December 21—Friday, January 20. Those festive films get a run here, too, as do classics Dirty Dancing and The Princess Bride — and many of the new titles showing at other venues.

Melburnians don't miss out, however, thanks to a new St Kilda run from Friday, February 1—Saturday, March 4 at St Kilda Botanical Gardens. The lineup for that spot hasn't yet been revealed.

And, in Brisbane, mark April in your diaries — with the exact dates, venue and program to be announced.

At all stops around the country, BYO picnics are encouraged here, but the event is fully licensed, so alcohol can only be purchased onsite. Didn't pack enough snacks? There'll be hot food options, plus plenty of the requisite movie treats like chips, chocolates, lollies and popcorn.


Canberra, ACT: Thursday, November 24—Saturday, February 25 at Australian National Botanic Gardens
St Ives, NSW: Friday, December 9—Saturday, January 28 at St Ives Showgrounds
Wollongong, NSW: Thursday, December 15–Saturday, March 11 at Wollongong Botanic Garden
North Sydney, NSW: Wednesday, January 11—Saturday, April 1 at North Sydney Oval
Mt Martha, VIC: Wednesday, December 21—Friday, January 20 at The Briars, Mt Martha
St Kilda, VIC: Friday, February 1—Saturday, March 4 at St Kilda Botanical Gardens
Brisbane, QLD — from April 2023, exact dates and venue TBC

Sunset Cinema's 2022–23 season runs at various venues around the country from November 2022. Head to the Sunset Cinema website for further details.

Published on December 07, 2022 by Sarah Ward
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