What’s better than seeing a movie outdoors? Seeing a movie outdoors next to a beach. And it’s not just any other beach, the American Express Openair cinemas launch at Sydney’s Bondi Beach. What a perfect way to plan your weekend: at the beach soaking under the sun and when it sets — go for that movie you’ve always wanted to see with your girlfriend/boyfriend a skip and a hop away.
At the launch event, we were serenaded with live music by Alana Patmore. The offerings are like their Inner West run, with an additional popcorn booth and lounges as you wait for your movie to start. The Salt Meats Cheese crew are there ready to pop your favourite pizza in the oven. And who could forget the bar? It’s the first thing I ask for wherever I go. Let’s be honest, a movie is not complete without a drink. You are also more than welcome to bring your puppy as many moviegoers won’t complain and flock to pet your little precious.
The giant screen was not a problem wherever you are in the lawn in addition to the good placement of the inclined lawn. The surround sound was very instrumental in making the whole experience immersive. You forget you’re outside and get affixed to the screen, with the film of your choice under the stars.
The movie of our night was ‘The Greatest Showman’ starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams and more. Receiving mixed reviews from critics, I appreciated the film’s musicality and its inclusivity of the unique circus characters as inspired by true events.
So, come one come all and book your tickets for this unmissable experience at the Openair cinemas in Sydney’s most famous beach this summer.
Kevin Rodrigueza is a 22-year-old Sydneysider who enjoys craft beer, theatre and all-things culture. Follow his adventures at @kevinr___.
Disclosure: The Plus Ones were invited guests of PR Shed.
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