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The end of spring means one thing: the beginning
of outdoor cinema season! Here are our picks for the
best alfresco flicks.
Boasting incredible city views, a bar, pizza on
delivery and a retro popcorn machine, Rooftop
Movies is an urban oasis six storeys above the
hubbub of Northbridge. We love a grungy/chic
vibe created by old-school trailers, pink plastic
flamingos and rickety wire spool tables. At Rooftop
Movies, it’s almost as much fun hanging out before
the movie as it is watching it. Best part? Even if the
film’s dull, the skyline never is. Top floor, City of Perth
Roe Street Carpark, Northbridge.
BAMBOO OUTDOOR CINEMA
Highgate’s intimate amphitheatre space is decked
out with cushions, bean bags, tables and chairs. Oh,
and bamboo, of course. Enjoy drinks from Luxe Bar
(whose cocktails are divine) and pizza from ACE next
door. Sundays are the most popular, thanks to the
pre-film live music. 446 Beaufort Street, Highgate.
This iconic cinema is set within a breathtaking
cathedral of Norfolk pine trees on the historic
grounds of UWA. Relax on one of the deckchairs,
or claim a patch of grass to take in one of the many
local and international flicks being screened as part
of the Perth International Arts Festival. UWA,
35 Stirling Highway, Crawley.
Kick back under the stars and enjoy a bottle
of wine while taking in some the world’s most
interesting film productions. Be seduced by the
aromas of onsite caterer Slice of Italy as you
become engrossed in the silver screen. ECU,
270 Joondalup Drive, Joondalup.
CAMELOT OUTDOOR CINEMA
Set in a limestone-walled courtyard in the heart of
Mosman Park lies Camelot Outdoor Cinema. Along
with the on-site cafe/bar Espresso At Camelot are
burgers, fish and chips, woodfired pizzas and even
crepes on weekends. Make it down on a Wednesday
night for live, pre-movie music. 16 Lochee Street,
Skier Chad Sayers takes on the slopes at
Whistler (photography Jordan Manley).
Love high adrenalin and nail-biting suspense? Then this
is the film festival for you. The younger sibling of the
Banff Mountain Film Festival is heading to Perth once
again and bringing with it even more action-packed clips.
“You’re definitely on the edge of your seat for two and
a half hours,” says festival director Jemima Robinson.
“We watch as people fly through the air, hurdle through
massive jumps on skis, go mountain biking, kayaking and
climb up ridiculous cliffs – everything to really get your
adrenalin going.” Hold your breath as notorious wing-
suiter Jeb Corliss prepares to glide through an extremely
narrow archway in China in his featured film, Heaven’s
Gate. Just beware: it’s easy to get hooked. “It’s hard to
walk away from a screening not psyched to go and try
something yourself,” says Jemima. Don’t say we didn’t
warn you. State Theatre Centre of WA, Nov 18-21.
Japanese Film Festival
Do your sword fighting skills need brushing up?
Well now’s your chance, with the Japanese Film
Festival returning for its second year in Perth.
“Our main goal is to introduce Japanese culture
through cinema,” says festival organiser, Masafumi
Konomi. “We feel that people really enjoy learning
about other countries through film.” The exciting news
for Rurouni Kenshin fans is that not only will the original
episode from the series be headlining, but so too will
the newly released two-part sequel, Rurouni Kenshin:
Kyoto Inferno and Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends.
So grab some popcorn and come watch as Himura
Kenshin struggles with his decision to renounce violence
and the dark forces that tempt him.
Hoyts Westfield Carousel and Hoyts Millennium,
Fremantle, Oct 29-Nov 2.
Astor Theatre Perth
Although this old art
deco building is more
often used for live music,
theatre and comedy, it
feels the cinematic love by
playing host to a bunch
of film festivals, plus
screening the occasional
cult classic. 659 Beaufort
Street, Mount Lawley.
Taking its name from
a classic Italian film, it’s
not surprising this cinema
favours European pictures
alongside several foreign
film festivals. We love the
shabby grandeur, with
a fancy foyer bar and red
velvet chairs. 164 James
It’s worth a trip just for
the art deco architecture,
which has been listed
on the state’s Heritage
Register, but a select
range of thought-
provoking films will
prolong your stay. 16
Preston Street, Como.
Luna Leederville Perhaps
the top destination for
Perth cinephiles, this
cinema has four screens
(and a beanbag-strewn
outdoor space in summer),
and plays curated art-
house flicks. 155 Oxford
Luna on SX This little
pocket of a cinema gives
Fremantle moviegoers an
alternative to brain cell-
slaying blockbusters. We
love the themed, tongue-
in-cheek lolly bags. 13
Essex Street, Fremantle.
Windsor Cinema. With
an old-school storefront
that could make you
feel like you’ve time-
travelled to the 1930s,
the Windsor was the first
Perth cinema to screen
a subtitled film. Today,
it stays true to its roots
by showing meticulously
films. 98 Stirling
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