Sunday, January 29, 2012

Bondi Openair Cinema

When we think of summer in Sydney, Bondi Beach would be one of the first things that comes to mind, so what's a better way to spend a summer evening than to catch a movie down the beach?

Bondi Openair Cinema kicked off its summer stint on Dolphin Lawn tonight with a special screening of the documentary Bill Cunningham New York presented by Time Out. It was an unbiased, brilliant documentary showcasing the life of an 80 year old fashion photographer, most famous for his ‘On The Street’ page in the New York TimesWhile the weather could have been better, well, a lot better, the openair cinema itself is quite a treat.

So if you are looking for something fun to do this summer, pack a picnic basket and head down to Bondi Beach and check out the openair cinema. A good selection of new and old classic movies will be screened in the evenings through till the 4th of March. It is an all weather event, i.e. bring your wet weather gear if rain is forecasted. Four-legged friends are welcome as long as they are leashed and well behaved. There is however a no BYO alcohol or glassware policy, but do not fret, there is a fully licensed bar onsite and a Sonoma Bakery station that dishes out some simple food options. 

I'd recommend purchasing tickets in advance to avoid showing up to a "SOLD OUT" sign. There are different level of tickets, the general entry will get you access to the grass area, while a Star Class ticket will include deck chair hire, reserved seating closest to the big screen and complimentary sparkling wine. If you want to splash out then go for the Star Class Ocean Lounger tickets, in addition to all the Star Class perks you'll get a bean lounger, which looked pretty comfortable, plus a free Ben & Jerry's ice cream mini.

Doors open at 5.30pm with local bands and solo artists entertaining the crowd till the movie starts after sunset. And if you attend a Sunday session, a Ben & Jerry's ice cream mini is also included in the ticket price. Free ice cream - how can you say no to that?

Bondi Openair Cinema: Dolphin Lawn next to Bondi Pavilion, Bondi Beach, NSW 2026

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