Location: East Perth
Why we love it: Food trucks, ice cream, bean bags, games, and dog-friendly premises – what more could you ask for from an open-air cinema? The downside is this annual experience only happens during the summer with limited session times, so you’ll need to do a bit of planning.
But did we mention the American Express Lounge that comes with premium seats, wine, blankets, and unlimited popcorn? Yeah, this one’s definitely worth the wait!
Why we love it: Drive-through or drive-in cinemas are the OG outdoor cinemas. They call back to a simpler time of milkshakes, diners, and A-line skirts. Recreate your 1950s fantasy at Galaxy Drive-In Theatre, located 20 minutes away from Perth’s city centre. The best part is you don’t even have to find a diner to get your milkshake and burger fix. You can complete the drive-in experience Galaxy’s cafe!
Average price range: $AUD9 for adults on Wednesdays and Thursdays and $AUD4 for kids. $AUD10 for adults on weekends and $AUD5 for kids. On Tuesdays, the fee is $AUD20 per car.
7. Kookaburra Outdoor Cinema
Location: Mundaring Weir
Why we love it: You know what’s better than experiencing the magic of movies? Experiencing it while also soaking up the magic of the Australian hills forest. At the Kookaburra Outdoor Cinema, you and 299 other folks get to enjoy cinema under the stars, surrounded by the beauty of nature!
Average price range: $AUD15 for adults, $AUD10 for kids.
Why we love it: Sure, Luna in Leederville may be an arthouse cinema, but don’t assume they only show high-brow stuff. As a matter of fact, it’s one of the few places in Perth where you can catch an interactive screening of the notoriously, hilariously bad cult classic, The Room. They also serve cheese boards and premium wines and beers for when you’re feeling fancy.
Average price range: $AUD20 for adults and $AUD14.50 for children under 14, seniors, and pensioners.
5. Camelot Outdoor Cinema
Location: Mosman Park
Why we love it: Organised by the same folks who do the Luna Outdoor Cinema, Camelot is housed in the art deco Mosman Park. With pizza, booze, and the best films of the year screened at Camelot, you know you’re in for a fancy gig.
Average price range: $AUD20 for adults and $AUD16 for children under 14, seniors, and pensioners.
Location: Murdoch University, Bassendean, Burswood, Mandurah
Why we love it: Telethon may not have the artsiest films or the best venues, but this chain of outdoor cinemas (there are four) has a heart of gold. Proceeds from screenings go to charities dedicated to helping children in need.
Average price range: $AUD14 for adults and $AUD10 for seniors and students.
Location: University of Western Australia (UWA), Crawley
Why we love it: The University of Western Australia’s Crawley campus is one of the most gorgeous campuses in all of Australia. With its lush greenery and lakeside location, it makes the perfect spot for a romantic outdoor movie date. In Feb. to March of each year, the Perth Festival takes over the UWA Somerville auditorium to screen the best international films at sunset. Don’t miss out!
Why we love it: Six floors up and overlooking the Perth central business district, Rooftop movies is an experience for the books! They serve pizza, popcorn, and beer at the venue, but if you want to grab some dinner first, drop by the authentic Vietnamese restaurant, Lido. It’s just a 15-minute walk.
Average price range: $AUD13 for the opening week. $AUD28 for the Rooftop Plus deal, which secures you a beanbag in a reserved area and unlimited popcorn.
Why we love it: Kings Park is a beautiful, sprawling garden park with great views of the Swan River and Darling Range. While a stroll in the park is romantic enough, up the ante with a screening of a classic movie under the stars. This outdoor cinema experience more akin to a picnic – guests are welcome to bring their blankets, cushions, food and drinks.
Other Great Cinemas In Perth
If you’ve had a go at outdoor cinemas and found that you don’t like the experience, you can always try a premium cinema instead. Cinema Paradiso in Northbridge and the Reading Cinemas in Mandurah are more than your stuffy movie houses. They offer top-notch service all around.