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The Rocks' Free Laneway Cinema Is Returning for a Six-Month 2023–24 Season of Movies Under the Stars

You'll be able to watch a different flick each Wednesday night, with each month's lineup dedicated to a different theme — including 80s fare, comedies, music films and Christmas movies.
By Sarah Ward
September 22, 2023
By Sarah Ward
September 22, 2023

For screen fiends who spend their winters indoors at their favourite picture palaces, there's one surefire way to know that better weather has hit: the arrival of outdoor cinema season. When Sydney's chillier temperatures give way to sunny days and warm nights, the city's spaces set up plenty of openair big screens showing flicks. One such spot: The Rocks Laneway Cinema.

As you might know from past runs, this film-loving pop-up sticks around for half the year, screening movies every Wednesday night — and for free. Across the end of 2023 and beginning of 2024, mark Wednesday, October 4—Wednesday, March 27 in your diary for a date on Atherden Street. Also, get ready for different monthly themes.

First up: comedy classics in October, which is where Bridesmaids, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Anchorman and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me come in. Then, November will deliver five films that'll get you singing as part of its music strand: School of Rock, The Sapphires, Almost Famous, Pitch Perfect and Mamma Mia!.

While exactly what'll be on the bill from there hasn't yet been unveiled, December will naturally showcase Christmas classics and January will capitalise upon vacation vibes with holiday road trip-inspired titles. Then, February will go with a summer of love focus — again, 'tis the season for it — while March is all about 80s favourites.

Laneway Cinema's movies screen from 7pm each week — and although entry is free, bookings are recommended because seating is limited.

Heading along also means helping a good cause, with the proceeds from every $2 bag of popcorn sold going to charity. The beneficiary changes monthly, too, with Beyond Blue receiving the funds in October, Support Act in November and the rest of the lineup to come.

If you're the kind of cinemagoer that needs snacks and sips, the venues around laneway have plenty to eat and drink on offer. That means making a date with spots such as Caminetto Restaurant, P'Nut Street Noodles, El Camino Cantina and The Mercantile Hotel. Obviously, you'll need your wallet for whatever tempts your tastebuds.

Laneway Cinema returns to Atherden Street, The Rocks from Wednesday, October 4, 2023—Wednesday, March 27, 2024 — head to The Rocks' website for free bookings and further details.

Images: Anna Kucera / Cassandra Hannagan.

Published on September 22, 2023 by Sarah Ward
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