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Address: Jervois Road | Darwin Waterfront Precinct, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
Phone Number: +61 8 8981 0700
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Deckchair Cinema is THE outdoor cinema on Darwin's Waterfront.

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The Deckchair Cinema is THE outdoor cinema on Darwin's Waterfront.

We are a fully indepedent movie theatre operated by the Darwin Film Society, established in 1954, to give Darwin audiences unseen movies on the big screen.

The Deckchair Cinema is located on Darwin's Waterfront (Jervois Road), and is open 7 nights a week from mid April to mid November. Gates open nightly at 6.30pm so you can enjoy a tropical sunset over Darwin Harbour before the 7.30pm screening.

Our program is a diverse range of Australian, popular, family, foreign and classic films. Come down early, enjoy a refreshing beverage from our fully licensed kiosk or feast your taste buds on a hot meal from one of our food vendors. No BYO alcohol.

We are easily accessible via a well-lit picturesque walkway from the City Esplanade and there is plenty of parking and bike racks available on site.

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During a recent visit to Darwin, my wife had mentioned on several occasions that she would like to attend the outdoor deckchair cinema and after the local tour operators had... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Norm R
Wollongong, Australia
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Wollongong, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

During a recent visit to Darwin, my wife had mentioned on several occasions that she would like to attend the outdoor deckchair cinema and after the local tour operators had stated that this cinema had been around for the past 23 years I thought it may be nice and something different. Agreeing to her request we attended the Deckchair Cinema... More 

Thank Norm R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great location with views to the sea, perfect at sunset, nice decoration and just a beautiful setting. Seating is very comfortable and restaurants of the city offer good food at reasonable prices. We loved it!

Thank LilliMadrid
Darwin, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

If you have ever liked the old Drive-ins, you will love this. Great outdoor veue, good seating and access to food and drinks. We sat at the back at a table with good food and a bottle of wine. The picture was a bonus on top of this. Inexpensive and spend as much as you want. Food and beverage prices... More 

Thank Greg_Sheree
Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Open every night during the dry season, this is a great place to have a picnic, watch the sunset and catch a movie. Kick off is 7.30, but opens at 6.30pm. Licensed and a kiosk provide food and drinks. Great atmosphere, and comfy chairs. Arrive early to secure a primo spot.

Thank CeeJayJoe
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a great night with my wife under the stars beautiful experience . perhaps a little quirky on the food and drink but nothing that dampened the experience

Thank Alistair D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The deckchairs are very comfortable! Arrive early to choose your seating position. We loved the community feel. The food for dinner was delicious! The bar was plentiful! Children played around in front of the big screen prior to the movie commencing. A great vibe!

Thank FJ_traveller_07
Stevenage, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were not too keen to spend a Friday night in clubs or bars in Darwin so we're very happy to have found the deckchair cinema. Watched Labyrinth which I had somehow never seen before and thoroughly enjoyed our evening. Would recommend for travellers and families alike.

Thank Daniel H
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Sunset light sky to the left and then the rising moon above the screen on a warm tropical night. Great night, well organised, fantastic food at fantastic prices. I believe its staffed by volunteers and they are friendly happy and enjoying themselves which adds to the overall good feel of the night. I highly recommend a trip to the deck... More 

Thank Jennie055
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We only had 3 nights in Darwin and we did not want to miss the opportunity for this iconic experience. It is well organized from the booking experience, meals to watching the movie with the comfort of a cushion. It opens 11/2 hrs before the movie and you get to watch the changing colours of the sky as sunset hits.... More 

Thank jackirmic
Reigate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a brilliant experience! Whilst not horror fans the sole night we had available to visit the open air cinema this was the movie running (The Witch). We thought entry price of $16 each to be reasonable. The staff were very friendly, professional, attentive and clearly added to the atmosphere. The food on the night is brought in and served... More 

Thank Stephen S

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