“Tracks”, the true story of Robyn Davidson’s 2,700km solo trek from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean opened this year’s St. George Openair Cinema. This annual event is one of the highlights of the Sydney summer and equally enjoyed by locals and visitors, especially those from overseas.

Located on the waterfront adjacent to the Royal Botanic Gardens near Mrs Macquaries Chair, this would have to be the best outdoor setting in the world to see a movie.

Doors open at 6.15pm, giving patrons time to enjoy a pre-movie dinner, either from the on-site caterers or bring a picnic and sit on the lawn.  Wine, beer and coffee are available for purchase on site.

The big screen, that’s actually on the water, goes up just as the sun is setting with the Opera House and the city buildings in the background.  The seating is quite comfortable with individual plastic chairs on a terraced platform with good sightlines. The movie usually begins at 8.30 pm. Most of the new release movies are shown only once during the season which runs each evening until 15 February.

I saw Tom Hanks in “Captain Phillips” the night I went and thoroughly enjoyed the experience of watching a movie under the stars.

Sandra Tiltman 


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