The beloved Moonlight Cinema has delighted many a movie buff over the hot summer months, and this year will be no exception. Brush off your picnic blankets and get ready to breathe in the balmy evening air, as this iconic outdoor cinema is coming back to cities around Australia. Expect a joyful dose of festive favourites, as well as new releases and Hollywood blockbusters. In Melbourne, Moonlight Cinema will return from Thursday December 1 to Sunday March 26, 2023. You’ll find it on the Central Lawn at Royal Botanic Gardens.
Moonlight Cinema Program
The December program for Moonlight Cinema is now out, and unsurprisingly, there’s heaps of Christmas classics to get you in the holiday spirit. Love Actually, The Holiday, Home Alone, The Grinch That Stole Christmas and Die Hard will play from December 13 to 22.
Watch new releases under the stars, including Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Bros and the Whitney Houston biopic I Wanna Dance with Somebody. There will also be films for the whole family, including Minions: The Rise of Gru and Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile.
Revisit some favourite films this year, including Tom Gun: Maverick, Elvis, Don’t Worry Darling and Ticket to Paradise.
During the month, there will also be special preview screenings of films such as Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, Steven Spielberg’s The Fablemans and Blueback, a new film based on Tim Winton’s novel.
Tickets for the December program are on sale now.
Here is the schedule for each city:
- Melbourne – December 1 to March 26
- Sydney – November 24 to March 26
- Adelaide – December 1 to February 19
- Brisbane – November 24 to February 19
- Perth – November 25 to March 26
How should I prepare?
Pack up a picnic rug or a bean bag and sprawl across the lawn for a perfect night at the movies. Avoid any pesky bugs by wearing insect repellent. Of course, you’re welcome to BYO your own food and drink, including alcohol.
However, if you forget to bring snacks, there will be a range of food and drink to purchase from food trucks on-site. There will also be a licenced bar.
Choose from a range of ticketing options to customise your viewing experience, from general admission with a picnic rug, to bean beds with waited service.
This is a dog-friendly experience for all locations apart from Perth, so you’re welcome to bring your pooch for company.