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Dog-Friendly Moonlight Cinema 2017/2018

Dogs are welcome every night at Australia’s favourite outdoor cinema, Moonlight Cinema, back for another summer of sizzling entertainment!

The December 2017 - January 2018 program is on sale now and with 21 advanced screenings, 25 new releases and a bunch of fan favourite flicks, it’s a cracking start to another season of balmy nights and lush picnics with our furry friends! 

The huge program includes advanced screenings of all the hottest summer films; Pitch Perfect 3, The Shape of Water, Downsizing and Molly’s Game, flicks for the family; Ferdinand, Paddington 2 and Coco, serious award contenders; Breathe, The Darkest Hour and The Post, and brand new Aussie films; Sweet Country, Swinging Safari and The BBQ.

A star-studded red-carpet advanced screening of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri will launch the Moonlight season in each city. The film is part black comedy, part searing drama and follows a small-town mum who goes to extremes in the name of justice. 

There’s also a stack of new releases on offer. Head to Moonlight where you can kick back with a drink, catch up with friends and enjoy films such as Thor: Ragnarok, Bad Moms 2, Blade Runner and Murder on The Orient Express under the stars in picturesque park settings.


From epic adventures to award chasing biopics, expect to be spoilt for choice at this season's Moonlight sessions.

Know when to fold them with Jessica Chastain’s new flick Molly’s Game, drown yourself in a Cold War love story between a sea monster and a mute cleaner in The Shape of Water, or unleash your inner Bella and belt out a tune alongside an advanced screening of Pitch Perfect 3.


Moonlight isn’t all about preview screenings and new releases though. Fan favourites like Dirty Dancing, Back to the Future and Love Actually are all featured on the line up for December and January at a discounted ticket price of $13.


Three incredible Aussie films will get an outdoor premiere at Moonlight Cinema. Guy Pearce and Kylie Minogue star as 1970’s suburban swingers in Stephan Elliott’s Swinging Safari; Warwick Thornton’s newest film Sweet Country just took out the top prize at the Toronto Film Festival and will get an advanced screening at Moonlight; and on Australia Day, Moonlight will transform into a classic backyard BBQ for Shane Jacobson’s latest comedy, The BBQ.


Just in time for the school holidays, Moonlight offers up the perfect family night out with the best family films. Venture into the stunning and colourful Land of the Dead with Mexican fantasy Coco, relive the big-hearted classic Ferdinand, or enjoy another squirrel season in The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature.

On Saturday 16 December, bring your favourite Teddy Bear down to Moonlight for the world’s biggest Teddy Bear’s picnic and an advanced screening of Paddington 2

With free games, crafts, activities and prizes on offer, it’s going to be an unmissable event for the entire family.
Family passes to select G and PG rated films at Moonlight are just $50, so it’s one of the most affordable outings a family of four can have!

Being a BYO** event, Moonlight Cinema is a low-cost, easy night out for everyone. If you’re too busy to BYO don’t stress, Moonlight can provide you with everything you need – hot food, drinks, snacks and bean bed rental. For a luxury experience, Moonlight’s Gold Grass offers reserved bean beds in a premium viewing location and waiter service - perfect for spoiling yourself or someone special!

On gorgeous green lawns in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, Moonlight Cinema brings a relaxed festival atmosphere to film-watching. Round up some friends, the family and your well-behaved pooches, pack a picnic rug and a hamper of homemade goodies and relax under the stars for the quintessential summer cinema experience.

Tickets are on sale now at


  • Adelaide: Botanic Park, Dec 1 – Feb 18
  • Brisbane: New Farm Park at Brisbane Powerhouse, Dec 7 – Mar 4
  • Melbourne: Central Lawn at Royal Botanic Gardens, Dec 1 – Apr 1
  • Perth*: May Drive Parkland, Kings Park/Botanic Garden, Dec 2 – Apr 1 
  • Sydney: Belvedere Amphitheatre in Centennial Park, Dec 1 – Apr 1

Please Note:

* Unfortunately no dogs are allowed to enter Kings Park / Botanic Gardens in Perth.

** Moonlight Cinema is a BYO friendly event (except BYO alcohol is not permitted at Brisbane’s Moonlight Cinema).
*** Gates open an hour and a half before the film starts so head in early to snap up your grassy patch (also pays to head in early to get a car park!)

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