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Sydney is spoilt for choice with outdoor cinemas. From screens at the Royal Botanic Gardens to the North Sydney Oval, we’ve got the lowdown from our local insiders on where to find the best – all you need to bring is the popcorn.
There’s no dreamier vision than the sun setting over one of Australia’s most famous beaches. Except, perhaps, combining that view with a Chris Hemsworth movie. Set just metres from the fizzing waves, American Express’s huge outdoor screen features a movie line-up ranging from unmissable classics to films fresh from the red carpet. You can pick up prosecco, pizza and, of course, buttery popcorn from a range of vendors. Recommended by local insider Angharad Jones
Pack your picnic, it’s off to Paddington. Sydney’s original outdoor cinema is also its most comfortable, with an abundance of grassy slopes perfect for reclining cinephiles. For a touch of luxe, you can upgrade your turf to a Gold Grass package, which means you can watch your movie while sprawled on a bean bed (like a bean bag but twice the length and three times as comfortable) as a waiter serves you tasty treats. Otherwise, bringing your own movie munch is A-OK, but there’s a decent selection of food trucks to keep your stomach happy well into the night. Recommended by local insider Susanna Smith