Disney+ Drive In Presented By Open-Air Cinemas, Melbourne Showgrounds
Friday 14 January 2022 – Thursday 24 February 2022
The Disney+ Drive-In had a successful run last year and is back for another round of magical Disney+ favourites, ranging from nostalgic classics to their latest ventures on the big screen. So whether it’s a family day out or a date night for two, the program has something for everyone looking for a magic carpet ride.
Food and drink: Patrons can BYO (alcohol-free), or elect to grab candy bar goods from the on-site kiosk. The site has also partnered with DoorDash to get meals delivered straight to your card door.
Seating: This year, as well as the drive-in, there are open seating tickets on offer, including picnic spaces, bean bags, and table service for you to enjoy the great outdoors your own way.
Notes: Children under five are free, and the cinema is dog-friendly. Sounds is transmitted through FM audio in your car, or those sitting outside can hire a portable speaker.
Lunar Drive In, Dandenong
The largest drive-in theatre in Australia, the Lunar Drive-In has been entertaining cinephiles since 1956. With four screens showcasing the latest Hollywood releases, the Dandenong locale also frequently holds events and competitions, making it fun for the whole family to enjoy.
Food and drink: BYO, or the Lunar Café boasts a selection of candy bar snacks, donuts, and Aussie burgers.
Seating: Car with sound via FM radio, the outdoor section of the Lunar Café, or BYO chair/picnic rug on a balmy night.
Notes: Don’t skip the trailers – you might get a laugh at a classic drive-in snack bar film clip of dancing hamburgers or fries!
Bourne Local Open-Air Cinema, Elwood
Select dates between Thursday December 16 2021 – Sunday 23 January 2022
Blink and you’ll miss it, because the Bourne Local has just six sessions and that’s all folks! Bringing the first-ever outdoor cinema trend to the Elwood foreshore, beachsiders can pack the picnic rug and enjoy a mix of new releases and old favourites on the big screen amongst the palm trees.
Food and drink: BYO, or enjoy delectable delights from the gourmet food trucks and licensed kiosks on site.
Seating: BYO deck chairs, picnic rugs and bedding.
Notes: Dog-friendly – so give them a run at the local dog beach first! Once you arrive, come for the events, stay for the film – Bourne Local artisan markets will also feature live music, food, and drink stalls and entertainment for the kids amongst all the movie fun.
Pentridge Open-Air Cinema, Coburg
Thursday 16 December 2022 – Sunday 27 February 2022
Whilst hanging out in a prison is not usually the first request for date night, the team at Pentridge might just change your mind. Previously known as Her Majesty’s Prison Pentridge, the location has undergone significant restoration and has been rebranded as the Pentridge Open-Air Cinema. Featuring a mash-up of retro favourites and latest releases, immerse yourself in the history of the 1800s building – no handcuffs required.
Food and drink: There is a licensed Palace Pop-Up Bar with candy bar goods and platters - as well as cannoli on weekends. Otherwise, feel free to bring your own food.
Seating: Canvas deck-chairs provided.
Notes: Look out for the weekend ‘Aperol Sundown Sessions,’ which include a food and drinks package with DJs and live music.
Barefoot Cinema, Mount Martha / St Kilda / Werribee
Mount Martha: Wednesday 5 January 2022 – Saturday 29 January 2022
St Kilda: Wednesday 2 February 2022 - Saturday 26 February 2022
Werribee: Dates coming - February 2022
The Barefoot Cinema crew are back for another summer; providing food, drink and flicks under the stars. The Mount Martha sessions are held at The Briars, a homestead and surrounding gardens gifted to the National Trust and Mornington Peninsula Shire.
The St Kilda Barefoot Cinema is held in its illustrious botanical gardens.
Food and drink: Billing itself as a ‘festival-like atmosphere,’ visitors can enjoy beverages from the on-site bar, candy bar treats, and a rotating range of food trucks for more substantial food fare.
Seating: BYO picnic rug, beanbag or deck chair.
Notes: Stay tuned for future programs at Barefoot Cinemas’ sister location in Werribee.
Cameo Outdoor Cinema, Belgrave
Friday 22 October 2021 – Monday 28 February 2022
Movies outside with a comfy deckchair provided? The Cameo Outdoor Cinema is ready for your visit! With a mix of summer blockbusters and cult classics, take in the stunning surrounds of the magnificent Dandenong Ranges while enjoying the latest pictures on the Cameo lawn.
Food and drink: There is a licensed bar on-site with a range of craft beers and boutique wines, as well as movie snacks and artisan platters.
Seating: Deck chairs and bean bags provided.
Notes: Cameo is dog friendly, just make sure you clean up with a doggy bag after their movie snacks!
Mordi Movies presented by the City of Kingston, Mordialloc
Thursday 10 March - Monday 14 March 2022
At Peter Scullin Reserve in the southside's Mordialloc, keep summer rolling with March Mordi Movies! Running for five days only, the city council is setting up a 'pop up cinema' of family-friendly fare, alongside on-site activities for kids and local performances. So bring along the picnic rug for a beachside night at the movies.
Food and drink: Candy Bar, food trucks, and Kingston Arts Bar on site. Tickets are $5 which are redeemable at the Candy Bar, with profits going toward the Kingston Charitable Fund.
Seating: BYO picnic blanket or deck chair. Bean bag hire is available for $5.
Notes: Cashless event. No dogs, no BYO alcohol.
Zoo Summer Cinema, Melbourne Zoo
Thursday 3 February - Saturday 12 March 2022
Feel like watching a flick with a giraffe by your side? Okay, so technically they may not watch the flick with you, but there's something atmospheric about watching a film amongst Melbourne Zoo's loveable creatures. Have a stroll around visiting the animals before taking in a flick to support the Zoo's Marine Response Unit.
Food and drink: Food truck and licensed bar available. BYO food (not alcohol) is also permitted.
Seating: BYO picnic blanket or low beach chair, or upgrade to a Gold Garden ticket.
Notes: Cashless event. No dogs, no BYO alcohol.