St. George Open Air Cinema
Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney NSW 2000
Nothing can prepare you for the awe-inspiring beauty of experiencing a film on Sydney’s iconic harbour waterfront.
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From humble beginnings the St. George Open Air theatre was built on mutual love of film and Sydney’s lifestyle and has become a quintessential part of our city’s summer months. In its 21st season on Sydney Harbour, the city’s most glamorous Open Air cinema has proven to be a spectacle that people travel from far and wide to experience.
Major sponsors of the event include Audi, The Sydney Morning Herald and Kirin, whilst Chanel, Tiffany & Co., Lindt and Qantas act as associate sponsors. It is no coincidence that the image of event sponsors are frequently correlated with luxury and decadence, as this heir of exclusivity extends throughout the event.
Upon entry patrons are greeted with complimentary Lindt chocolate and friendly St. George Bank representatives offering seat cushioning for the modest sum of a gold coin collecting proceeds for the St. George Foundation to movie-goers. On either side of the picturesque boulevard leading to the screen are 1,000+ dining seats for patrons of the restaurant and bar overlooking Sydney harbour’s major monuments. Pop-up food venues such as Matt Moran’s Chiswick restaurant, Kirins bar and Pat & Stick’s (delicious) homemade ice cream are available for purchase. Like I said, St. George spared no expense and left no stone unturned.
Considering the cost of a movie ticket is less than most Gold Class tickets, St. George Open Air Cinema is one of Sydney’s best places to organise a glamorous date night or girls night at an affordable cost.
From early evening, patrons gather with friends at the harbour’s edge to make the most of the stunning outlook and vibrant atmosphere. With Matt Moran’s Chiswick restaurant on site and a harbourside bar with panoramic views, the event delivers an extensive range of high-quality meals, snacks, champagnes, wines, beers, ciders and spring waters to meet all tastes.
When night falls, an unrivalled cinematic experience unfolds a giant screen is hydraulically raised from Sydney Harbour to stand three storeys high before a 2,000 seat grandstand, complete with surround sound and an incredible backdrop.
Door Sale general admission grandstand – $39
Door Sale concession grandstand – $37
American Express Open Air Cinema
Queen Elizabeth Drive by the Bondi Pavilion, Bondi NSW2026
In contrast to the St. George Open Air Cinema, the American Express Open Air cinema is a family friendly (including your furry friends), all inclusive environment that is both relaxed and cosy.
Unlike St. George’s harbourfront experience, the Bondi Open Air cinema is a BYO accomodating space (although alcohol is restricted) that most pack picnic baskets, blankets and fold-out seating for. For those looking to make their experience as fuss-free as possible, pizza, pasta and other homestyle meals are available for purcahse. Red Rock Deli popcorn is available from a quaint old-style popcorn machine and complimentary coffee sachets and wine testing are available at the venue from ‘doors open’ at 6.15pm until the film begins at sundown (generally 8.30pm).
Whilst this particular cinema cannot boast the same heir of luxury and decadence of the St. George cinema, Bondi’s skyline during sunset is never one to dissapoint.
For the modest price-point of $20, the American Express event is a great destination for friends catching up, families wanting to spend time together or for couples wanting to inject some olf-fashioned cosy romance into their relationship.
General Admission $20
General Admission Concession $17
Multi-ticket Purchase 4 tickets for $70
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