If you love going to the movies, but don’t love being cooped up in a dark room with loud chewers and packet-rustlers – the solution has once again arrived for summer!
Perth’s weather is perfect for the outdoor cinema vibe – we’ve hand-picked four beauties for you to try this summer… each with something a little uncommon. You can choose your own movie adventure – in the bush, under the pines, on the roof, and in the car!
We’ve thrown in some other options too so you can keep yourself busy all summer long.
Kookaburra Outdoor Cinema
Literally nestled among the gum trees, Kookaburra Outdoor Cinema is a little piece of cinema heaven in the bush. Its kiosk sells a few goodies, like your classic Choc Tops and what-not, but the idea here is to BYO booze and picnic to munch away on at your leisure. There’s 310 deckchairs and 12 picnic tables up for grabs, but you can bring your own chairs or blankets if you prefer the DIY option. Whatever you choose, plant yourself under the big, wide-open, star-lit sky and enjoy surround-sound among nature’s sounds. Showing recent releases, the new season has just kicked off and runs until April, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. If you’re loving the outdoor vibe and fancy a couple of vinos or brewskies more than you fancy the drive home, great news – you can stay the night! Yep, overnight camping is available at Hills National Parks Visitors Centre across the road. Handy.
Other Community Cinemas in Perth
Corner Cale Street and The Crescent, Midland | From December – April
BIC Reserve, Guildford Rd, Bassendean | December – March
Kings Square, Fremantle | December – March
Outdoor Movies at Somerville Auditorium
If you like your cinema a little left-of-centre and in the most stunning of settings, Somerville Auditorium is the outdoor cinema choice for you. Set among the pine trees in the grounds of glorious UWA, you couldn’t really write a better script for the outdoor cinema experience. One of Perth’s oldest outdoor cinema venues, Somerville’s program is part of Perth International Arts Festival, and includes a range of new-release, arthouse and cult classics. There’s first-in, first-served deckchairs, a range of food vendors – and a bar. You can also byo picnic.
More Outdoor Cinemas Perth
Lower Bush Court, Murdoch Uni, South Street | December – April
Mosman Hall, Lochee Street, Mosman Park | December – April
Resort Drive, Burswood Park | December – April
Joondalup Drive, Joondalup | December – April
Movies with a view – Rooftop Cinemas Perth
If you prefer to take in a movie – and a killer sunset over Perth’s skyline – get your tickets to Rooftop Movies in Northbridge. Their first program for this season, which kicks off on Friday 1 December, includes a mix of new releases and cult classics, so you’ll have plenty of choice for that perfect romantic date night or group bonding session. You’ll find deckchairs or comfy beanbags, and of course, panoramic views. Might be an idea to pack a blankie because, even in summer, it can get a bit breezy up there. It’s licenced – hooray – and you can order pizzas and sweet treats from vendors in the signature, old-school caravans. Oh, and parking won’t be a problem because… it’s on top of Roe Street Car Park. Easy.
Other City Outdoor Cinemas
Ozone Reserve, Riverside Drive, East Perth | March – April
Synergy Parkland, Kings Park | December – March
Oxford Street, Leederville | December – April
Meanwhile, at the Drive-in
For some serious nostalgia and Happy Days vibes, check out Perth’s only drive-in movies at Galaxy Drive-In in Kingsley. In keeping with the retro theme, the on-site café offers classic 50s diner fare like Chiko rolls, burgers and fries, as well as pizzas and cheese toasties. Yum. Drive in, dial in to 89.5FM, and go. Oh, and it’s so retro, they don’t have EFTPOS, so please bring cashola. Aaaand, suffice to say, you don’t need to worry about parking.
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