From drive-ins to rooftops, we’ve compiled a list of Perth’s best outdoor cinemas to check out while the weather’s warm.
So pack a picnic and kick back under the stars at some of the best movie viewing locations Australia has to offer:
Rendezvous Film Club
Summer and Scarbs go hand-in-hand – and now you can add cinema to the list! This sky-high summer cinema is located on level 24 of the Rendezvous Hotel Scarborough, with a brand new program of new and old movies to enjoy with the spectacular backdrop of the Indian Ocean. Check out the full lineup of films here!
Rendezvous Hotel Scarborough, 148 The Esplanade, Scarborough
Rooftop Movies is an open-air cinema experience like no other, located six levels above the ground in the heart of Northbridge. Their program features a diverse range of films both new and old, showcasing everything from throwback faves like 10 Things I Hate About You, cultural phenomena like the supersonic Barbie or critically lauded new releases like Killers of the Flower Moon. Many screenings sell out well in advance, so make sure to jump online and book your tickets from the Rooftop website.
68 Roe Street, Perth
Take a trip back in time and visit one of the last remaining drive-ins in all of Australia! Galaxy Drive-In is open all year round and offers $22 per-car movies on Tuesdays, along with showing movies on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
157-167 Goolelal Drive, Kingsley
Perhaps the prettiest cinema experience you’ll ever have, films have been screened in the picturesque “tree cathedral” Somerville Auditorium since 1946! Surrounded by the impressive Norfolk pines on the grounds of the University of Western Australia, the season kicks off on November 20, 2023 and sees a program of critically acclaimed indie, community and international films every night (pending weather). Pack a picnic or grab a woodfired pizza pre-film – just make sure to watch out for cheeky kookaburras!
University of Western Australia, Perth
Luna Outdoor Cinema, Leederville
Small, intimate and relaxing is the best way to describe Luna’s Leederville outdoor cinema which still remains one of Perth’s best kept secrets. It’s fully licensed and screens mostly new movies from December–February, as well as a few immersive cult favourites. Check their stacked upcoming program here!
155 Oxford Street, Leederville
Camelot Outdoor Cinema
Camelot Outdoor Cinema is a unique and intimate Art Deco venue located in the heart of Mosman Park. 2023 saw the unfortunate news that after 22 years and just a few local resident complaints, the venue would no longer be home to Luna’s outdoor summer film season. A community outcry has seen the building’s new tenants, the Perth International Jazz Festival, eager to revive the cinema with upgrades to alleviate neighbour complaints – keep an eye out for updates!
16 Lochee Street, Mosman Park
Located in May Drive Parkland in Kings Park, Moonlight Cinema screens the newest released movies as well as some of the all-time greats. Pack a picnic dinner or purchase food and drinks onsite and enjoy a beautiful summer evening under the stars in the CBD’s most spectacular surroundings.
May Drive Parkland, Kings Park & Botanical Gardens
Telethon Community Cinemas
Operating across four beautiful venues around Perth (Bassendean, Burswood, Joondalup, Murdoch), Telethon Community Cinemas have a huge program filled with an excellent mix of old favourites, new releases, indie and arthouse, kids, blockbusters and more. Head to their website to check out the program and book now.
Various Locations, Perth
Kookaburra Outdoor Cinema
Head for the hills and catch some great new release indie films under the clear stars of Mundaring at the Kookaburra Outdoor Cinema. Their season runs from November to April, screening movies on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. You can even camp overnight opposite the cinema at the Perth Hills Discovery Centre Campground! Check out their latest program HERE.
Allen Road, Mundaring