Founder, Simon Rollin says it’s about soaking up summer with all the elements that used to make a trip to the movies so special. “When we were kids, a trip to the movies was a really big deal. We’re bringing back that sense of wonderment and making it an event that Canberra can be proud of” Mr Rollin said.
“We’re really lucky to have the Botanic Gardens as our venue. The bush backdrop adds a unique Aussie element to the silver screen and the after dark experience is a unique experience all in itself!!’ The pre-screening picnic vibe will be bolstered with live entertainment, free activity packs for the kids and plenty of food and drinks on offer. “No one comes to the cinema to queue for food, so this year we’ve got a local food van as well as facilities for delivery services to drop off meals on site”
Among the latest Hollywood blockbuster movies programmed this year are Bradley Cooper’s latest release A Star is Born featuring himself alongside Lady Gaga, Bohemian Rhapsody and First Man starring Ryan Gosling. This season also features VHS classics such as The Big Lebowski and Priscilla Queen of the Desert. For the families Small Foot, Goosebumps 2, The Lion King and Fantastic Beasts 2 all made the program.
Mr Ryan added, “The event organisers work hard to provide an outstanding mix of movies; there’s something for everyone. The event is well supported, growing each year and we’re sure this season will be no exception. And as a special bonus, (partners) IMB Bank members receive a 20% discount on tickets which we hope will drive even more support for this wonderful community initiative.”
The season runs until January 12 then will head to Wollongong, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Gates open nightly at 6:30pm with films starting around 8:30pm. General admission adult tickets are $20 and children under three are free.
The Sunset Cinema is made possible with the support of our valued season partners: IMB Bank, Young Henrys and Grant Burge Wines.
Photo Credits: Denis Makarenko, Andrea Raffin, Sarunyu L, Ron Adar, Denis Makarenko