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Moonlight cinema is back!

Yesterday Sydneysiders got a taste of Moonlight Cinema's December and January program which was announced with wagyu beef cheeseburgers and New Yorker chilli cheese dogs at Martin Place.

Yesterday Sydneysiders got a taste of Moonlight Cinema’s December and January program which was announced with wagyu beef cheeseburgers and New Yorker chilli cheese dogs at Martin Place.

What could be better than watching all the hottest new release films outside in the fresh night air this summer? Seeing them before they’ve even hit cinemas, of course! Moonlight Cinema’s December and January film program has just been announced and it’s jam-packed with over 20 different advance screenings – and that’s just in the first two months!

Australia’s favourite and biggest outdoor cinema, Moonlight Cinema, is ready to roll out the red carpet across pristine green lawns in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth to kick off its 2014/15 season. And what a huge season this one is already shaping up to be!


Picnic setup at Martin Place, Sydney


In a star-studded VIP red carpet event, Moonlight Cinema will be officially launched across the country with an exclusive advance screening of zany comedy Dumb and Dumber Two on December 18. It’s been a whole twenty years since Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels brought their lovable imbeciles, Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne, to the big screen. Be the first to catch the mayhem that these two dimwits manage to cause, along with their unmistakable dog van!

Fans of Bill Murray (let’s face it, that’s pretty much everyone) should jump on the chance to catch him in upcoming indie drama St Vincent more than a week before it hits cinemas. Other titles to catch at Moonlight before the rest of Australia include Disney’s latest cute-fest, Big Hero 6 about a boy and his plus-size, inflatable robot; the superhero film with an art-house edge, Birdman starring Michael Keaton and Emma Stone; WWII drama filmed in Sydney and directed by Angelina Jolie, Unbroken; and the latest Liam Neeson shoot-em-up action movie, Taken 3.



Moonlight Cinema is also introducing their very own LA style food truck onsite nationally – serving up tantalizing street fare. Or you can BYO picnic and booze!


Audiences can expect to tuck into an epic range of burgers including wagyu beef cheeseburgers, pulled pork brisket burgers and Southern-fried chicken burgers, as well as New Yorker chilli cheese dogs, buffalo fried chicken, parmesan truffle fries and fresh churros. Make sure you come early, because you’ll be tempted to try everything on the menu!



Hungry Sydneysiders were tucking in to wagyu beef cheeseburgers.

Group Director of Culinary, Adam Petta, who currently manages over 120 kitchens with the AHL group including QT Hotels, Event Cinemas, and Rydges, is taking up the challenge. Counting Ananas, Sake, CUT and Swine & Co as former employers, excitement is mounting for what Petta has in store.

“I’m a bit of a film buff myself, so to be able to combine my love of great food with cinema in the great outdoors is a dream gig. I’ve worked hard to put together a tasty menu, with a wide variety of options that go perfectly with the film-watching experience as well as giving that great festival vibe that we all love so much about Moonlight Cinema,”

Adam Petta, Group Director of Culinary

For those who just love to recite all the best lines of the classics, some cult favourites playing this season include Dirty DancingThe Shawshank RedemptionTop GunMonty Python’s Life of Brian and Rocky Horror Picture ShowWhen you’re feeling like you want to take it up a notch and belt out all the classic tunes along with the stars up on the screen, special sing-a-long nights have been programed , including the 50s high school classic, Grease and the recent “Let it Go” favourite, Frozen.

“The upcoming season is by far the biggest yet for Moonlight Cinema, especially when it comes to advance screenings and new release films,” said Ian Sutherland, the Director of Moonlight Cinema.

As always, Moonlight Cinema’s Gold Grass offers the ultimate outdoor cinema experience: the perfect treat for someone special in your life. With reserved bean beds in a premium viewing location and wait service, you won’t even have to get up from your bean bed!

MOONLIGHT CINEMA DATES:                      

  • Adelaide: Botanic Park, Dec 4 – Feb 22
  • Brisbane: New Farm Park at Brisbane Powerhouse, Dec 4 – Feb 22
  • Melbourne: Central Lawn at Royal Botanic Gardens, Dec 4 – Mar 29
  • Perth: Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Dec 7 – Mar 29
  • Sydney: Belvedere Amphitheatre in Centennial Park, Dec 11 – Mar 29
Tickets:Adult: $19+bf / Cine Buzz Member: $15+bf / Concession: $16.50+bf / Sen/Child (3-15years): $14.50+bf / MasterPass Gold Grass: $35+bf
Thursdays: All tickets $12 and Gold Grass $25.

Which movie will you be watching?