Moonlight Cinema is back bigger and better than ever

Moonlight Cinema is back bigger and better than ever

LAST UPDATED // Friday, 18 November 2016 17:52 Written by // Cec Busby

You can tell summer is almost upon us because Moonlight Cinema, that stalwart of outdoor Aussie living, has just announced the first array of films for your screening pleasure.

Blockbuster flicks and cult favourites sit side-by-side in this year’s season of Moonlight Cinema which will offer punters 19 new release flicks, 20 advanced screenings and a slew of indie films to appeal to even the most critical of cinefiles.

From award season favourites such as Passengers and Allied to the latest blockbusters like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Moonlight Cinema has something for everyone. 

“We’re very proud of this program and excited to be screening so many big summer blockbusters before their general release dates. Moonlight is a quintessential Australian summer experience where you can bring together a bunch of mates, pack a picnic and recline on bean beds to enjoy the best films of the year, Ian Sutherland, the Group Director of Marketing said.

Be the first to see this season’s award contenders before anyone else with advanced screenings of Oscar buzz films including: Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt’s interstellar love story, Passengers; Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling’s whimsical musical masterpiece La La Land; Brad Pitt’s spy thriller Allied and the Australian film Lion which stars ‘Our Nic’ as an adoptive mother whose son finds his birth mother via Google Earth after 25 years of separation.

On Australia Day, get the fur-family together for another screening of Red Dog: True Blue. A follow up to the 2011 Aussie hit, this is a prequel that follows the early events leading up to Red Dog’s discovery on the road to Dampier and his rise to Aussie legend.

For young cinephiles, advance screenings include: the hilarious new animated musical, Sing, which follows a koala trying to save his theater by starting a singing contest; and Disney’s newest animated island fantasy, Moana. Other family films include Dreamworks’ new release Trolls and the remake of the 1977 classic Pete’s Dragon.

Although every night is pet friendly at Moonlight in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide, specifically programmed Doggie Nights return this season so you can share a love of cinema with your treasured pooch. A special screening of The Secret Life of Pets on Friday 09 December kicks off the Doggie Night’s. A star-studded affair, the screening will also include pet pampering stations, doggie treat samples and special giveaways throughout the night.

There’s something for absolutely every kind of movie maniac and film fanatic at this season’s Moonlight Cinema. Gates are open an hour and a half before the film starts so grab all your mates, snap up your grassy patch and lay back for a summer of fun, food and films under the stars!

Adelaide: Botanic Park, Dec 1 – Feb 19
Brisbane: New Farm Park at Brisbane Powerhouse, Dec 8 – March 5
Melbourne: Central Lawn at Royal Botanic Gardens, Dec 8 – Apr 2
Perth: Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Dec 3 – Apr 2
Sydney: Belvedere Amphitheatre in Centennial Park, Dec 1 – Apr 2


Cec Busby

Cec Busby

Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and online editor of

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