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Outdoor cinemas in Brisbane offer local and visiting families the chance to spend time together at the movies while experiencing the novelty of being outdoors.

Here are where to find the outdoor cinemas (a lot of them are seasonal and weather dependent) and how to take advantage of this awesome trend!

Where can we find the outdoor cinemas Brisbane has to offer?

Gone are the days of the old school drive-ins that we remember, unfortunately. Riding in the back of a ute. Grabbing popcorn from a weird little kiosk. Cars tooting their horns and flashing their lights. Hooking up that weird little cord thing to your car stereo. How fun was that?!

It’s not necessarily an experience that your kids have to miss out on entirely. Taking them to an outdoor cinema might not be as thrilling (and kind of dangerous?) as we remember but it sure can be fun! And they really won’t know any differently, will they?

We’ve listed the outdoor cinemas in Brisbane for your viewing pleasure!

Outdoor cinema McCaskie Park Kelvin Grove


Brisbane is planning to build the city’s first permanent outdoor cinema in Kelvin Grove. A development application has already been lodged by the Brisbane City Council’s City Project Office for the structure to be constructed at McCaskie Park at 137 Kelvin Grove Road.

The proposal details:

  • 2.7 metre x 5.4. metre screen
  • Small stage area
  • Speaker set-up

The outdoor cinema aims to enhance the heritage values of the park as well as its usability.

The council plans to make the cinema operational on weeknights and weekdays and FREE. They will also allow the area to be used by organisations and individuals.

Outdoor cinemas are a fun way to bond with your family and friends. It’s also a great date night idea. Now, with the possibility of having a permanent one here in Brisbane, living in the city will get even better.

Moonlight Cinema Brisbane (closed in winter)

Held in the beautiful New Farm Park right by the Powerhouse, this is an outdoor cinema experience to end all experiences! It’s always a packed, raucous night out and you wouldn’t find a friendlier crowd. Be warned, though – parking is at a premium in this area so plan ahead. You may want to organise public transport – and remember if you go on weekends kids travel free! 

Twilight Flicks Outdoor Cinemas

This is a company that services places all over Brisbane. They set up outdoor cinemas for seasonal events, community celebrations and private parties. They’re known to pop up in places like:

  • Kippa-Ring
  • Cleveland
  • Chermside

And everywhere in between! Here’s their website so you can keep a close eye on the next event! 

Movies in the Park at Manly

Head to the bayside on the first Saturday of every month for a free screening of a G or PG rated kids movie! Bring a blanket, grab some fish and chips from the local shops and settle in for a night of giggles. Movies run from 6-8pm.

Christmas Beach Cinema at Streets Beach South Bank

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Roll on Christmas! You can have a dive-in outdoor cinema experience at Streets Beach. Splash about while watching a film on the big screen – what could be better?!

Christmas Movies in the Roma Street Parklands

Is there anything Roma Street Parklands can’t do? Located on the Celebration Lawn, they offer movies in the park for free at Christmas time (and Mother’s Day!) to help families celebrate together. They also sometimes host movies on the stage/amphitheatre above the Spectacle Gardens. Awwww. Thanks guys.

Outdoor Cinemas Brisbane

Have you been to an outdoor cinema? Did you like it? Have you been to one we’ve missed? Let us know and we’ll update the article!

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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