American Express Openair Cinemas is bringing more than movies to Bondi Beach this January 25 to March 4 as an exciting program of fun, food and flicks is revealed, with American Express Card Members receiving a range of exclusive benefits. So what are you waiting for? Grab your partner or even a group of friends and head over to beach, and watch films under the stars.
With over 40 events happening on the Dolphin Lawn the festival vibes will be in full swing each night with an array of alternative entertainment, live music and DJ performances before the latest and greatest feature films light up the big screen.
On Friday nights the Pepsi Max DJs will be getting the party pumping with summer’s newest tunes whilst Saturdays will see Visit Victoria showcase the sights, sounds and tastes of Melbourne’s vibrant cultural scene.
Anyone short of company is welcome to bring along their ‘Doggy Date’ to any screening. Pampered pooches can enjoy the VID treatment with a pawfect picnic platter of doggy donuts courtesy of Darby’s Dog Bakery & Deli and their very own canine couch.
In a joint bid to champion food waste prevention, American Express Openair Cinemas is teaming up with OzHarvest to present Soul Sundays, a Sunday session of delicious food sampling, trivia, music and games for all the family. A $3 donation from each ticket purchased will provide six meals to those in need.
Purveyors of fine food and authentic Italian cuisine, Salt Meats Cheese will be transporting diners to the streets of Rome as they host a series of alfresco long table dinners. A delicious three-course meal paired with wine will be served at three one-of-a-kind events. Head honchos Stefano De Blasi and Edoardo Perlo, who share a mutual passion for honest cooking and quality ingredients, will also be curating the daily menu of irresistible dishes available throughout the cinema season. Their signature Truffle Pecorino Pasta; cheesy truffle pasta tossed through a wheel of truffle pecorino, finished with a grating of extra truffle pecorino, promises to be a firm favourite along with their arancini antipasti and wood-fired pizzas.
World Master Pizza Making Champion and Australia’s Got Talent star, Youssef Touati from Salt Meats Cheese, will be flexing his credentials with pizza acrobatics before teaching guests how to toss dough like a pro.
To wash it down, the dedicated cocktail bar will be serving a refreshing twist on summer classics, 4Pines craft beer and Giesen Wine, plus cinema essentials, ice cream and Red Rock Deli popcorn.
This year’s movie program is an exciting mix of box office hits, highly anticipated new releases and cult classics including:
Wonder – based on the New York Times bestseller, Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson star in this inspiring and heartwarming story.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – four teenagers discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game’s jungle setting where they find out they must play to survive.
Coco – aspiring musician Miguel teams up with charming trickster Hector on an extraordinary journey through the Land of the Dead.
The Greatest Showman – Hugh Jackman stars in an original musical that celebrates the birth of showbusiness and tells of a visionary that became a worldwide sensation.
Pitch Perfect 3 – following their epic win at the world championship, the now separated Bellas reunite for one final singing competition.
The Post – Inspired by true events Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks star in the cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents.
Crazy Stupid Love – enjoy a date with Ryan Gosling this Valentine’s Day.
American Express Card Members are invited to relax and enjoy the full VIP cinema experience by purchasing a ticket for the American Express Invites Lounge. Card Members will get their own lounger and can get comfortable with a cushion and blanket as well as some tasty treats. American Express Card Members also enjoy 15% off selected tickets when purchasing with their cards as well as complimentary blanket hire.
Non-Amex Card Members can chillax to the max with the variety of seating options available and add a touch of comfort to a night under the stars with a blanket and lounger which can be hired as part of any ticket package. Premium tickets to the Star Lounge include reserved seating on a comfy lounger, service straight to your seat and a glass of wine.
Tickets start at $13 and are on-sale now via: openaircinemas.com.au
Bondi is the fifth stop of the Trans-Tasman American Express Openair Cinemas tour which will go on to captivate audiences in Canberra, Adelaide and Perth, as well as Auckland and Christchurch in New Zealand.