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Reviewed March 3, 2019
Annette P
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Sydney, Australia
A definite highlight of our first trip to Sydney

Touted as the world's most beautiful open air cinema, I certainly can't argue with that... read more

Reviewed February 27, 2019
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Newark, Delaware
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Reviewed February 20, 2019 via mobile

No matter the movie, this is a thrilling site to visit and enjoy the outdoor cinema experience. Queuing to bag your unallocated seat, starts early, so if you are in a group, suggest nominating one member of the party to run and stick your labels on your preferred seats. Staff were all polite and helpful, food choices were good for an event like this (and can be ordered for collection with an app), loos were clean and at the entrance (easy to find), the bar worked well with a limited choice but that’s often a good thing! Water was free. A deposit scheme ($2 a glass) operated this year, and staff clearing tables could help with giving you back your cash when they took your glass - what a winning idea, so you didn’t clog up the bar waiting for your money. Very well organised, impressively so. Terrific views of course, of the harbour at sunset, but whatever the weather, we were given rain ponchos to put on, as well as small paper hand fans should we have a heatwave! The ice cream cart didn’t sell out on this particular evening, but undoubtedly on most other hot evenings, a welcome sight. Hugely impressed and would highly recommend a trip. Not really easy/suitable for disabled/wheelchair access unfortunately, as is so much of Sydney, hills and stairs to navigate without realistic alternative options. A thoroughly entertaining evening. Parking at The Domain, although it’s a 15 min walk, is recommended as the evening rate is cheapest ($14) locally from 5pm. On street parking nearby is available (and you could drop people off) but it’s expensive on an hourly rate plus mayhem when everyone is leaving, hard to find your Taxi or Uber unless pre arranged and locked in.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank organisedw
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Reviewed February 18, 2019

We went there with friends/family for a meal and an open air movie. Arguably your choice of movie may have an effect on your total experience, for us it was perfect. Sunset with a view of the Harbour bridge and the Opera House in the back, a nice meal. drinks, followed by a good movie with next to the screen the Sydney skyline. Spectacular!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Hans v
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Reviewed February 18, 2019 via mobile

I went to St George Open Air Cinema last night to see Bohemian Rhapsody. The movie was fantastic, but at Open Air Cinema it’s really all about the overall experience.
It was a perfect Sydney night - warm with just enough breeze to make it comfortable. We had a delicious dinner there before the movie. Between us we had fish and chips, barramundi, and penne with ricotta - all were delicious.
The real magic happens when it gets dark and the screen rises up from the water and you sit there watching the movie while looking directly at Sydney harbour, bridge and opera house. Just wonderful!

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed February 12, 2019 via mobile

We’ve been to the outdoor cinema a few times and it has a very different to the Moonlight Cinema in Centennial Park. There are pros and cons to each.

For getting there, you can train it to circular quay and walk around through the gardens. This is problematic when you leave at the end as the gardens will be closed. We tend to park at the Domain car park. It’s still quite a hike to get to and from the venue but is a much cheaper option than parking on the road leading down to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair.

Doors open at around 6.15 pm - sometimes earlier. It depends how fussy you are about seating for the bar etc as to how early you queue. If you queue at 5pm you should get a very good choice but if you leave it til 6pm there will still be reasonable options, unless it’s a very popular film. It’s best to assign one person to choose the cinema seats and another to save seats in the bar/eating area. You’ll be given large tags with adhesive to write your name on and stick to your seat while you are in the queue so once you’ve made the selection you can leave the seats until it’s time for the movie.

The important items to take are, water, sunscreen, a hat, mosquito repellent and some kind of padding for the chairs.

There is water in jugs at the bar but you can only use small plastic cups for it so it’s preferable to take your own. The bar and eating areas are very exposed and the few shaded areas are at a premium and snapped up quickly. Although there are umbrellas, if it’s at all windy they are not put up. Therefore, a hat is pretty important as the sun is relentless! The cinema seats seem relatively comfortable at first but by the end of the movie, especially if it’s a bad one, your bum dies a slow and painful death and it takes a while to get any feeling back. So a thin cushion is a must!

The food is reasonable - not amazing and it’s good to order early before the queues build up. You can find a menu online and, I think, order online too. The wine is a bit pricy but not ridiculously so.

The experience is lovely, overall. You have a fantastic view and a spectacular backdrop to whatever film you’re seeing. It’s a great thing to do at least once, while making the most of Sydney during the summer!

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed February 11, 2019

We were given Tickets for Christmas. We had the most beautiful night, the weather was perfect ! We got there early 6.15 to reserve our seats and were told to sit on the right side of the screen so that we had lovely views to the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Food was expensive Burger & Fries for $23 The pasta dish was dry and definitely not worth the money. The seating was uncomfortable for a 2 hour movie, so make sure you don't sit there beforehand. The walk back to get a train was a long hike as you cannot walk through the Botanical Gardens when the show is finished. But apart from all that it is an experience to see an Open Air Cinema

Date of experience: February 2019
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