Australia’s favourite outdoor cinema returns in January 2023. Moonlight Cinema program and tickets out now.

Moonlight Cinema 2023
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Australia’s favourite outdoor cinema revealed its highly anticipated January program of movies under the stars – Kicking off 2023 with a sizzling line-up of blockbuster summer preview screenings, latest releases and retro favourites. Tickets for the January program are on sale now at

Program highlights include; James Cameron’s highly anticipated Avatar: The Way of Water, screening nationally on the 20th and 27th January, Steven Spielberg’s awards contender, The Fabelmansstarring Michelle Williams, and Disney’s latest animated family adventure, Strange World.

Moonlight Cinema is also bringing retro classics back to the big screen, featuring vampire cult-classic Twilight, My Best Friend’s Wedding starring Julia Roberts, Nicolas Cage in the action thriller Con-Air, and Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews in the coming-of-age comedy The Princess Diaries. With the recent success of Top Gun: Maverick, it’s a great opportunity for fans to catch the original 1986 film under the stars this January.

All 105 screenings scheduled this January will be powered by 100% renewable energy thanks to Moonlight Cinema’s official Green Partner, Garnier. Achieved by purchasing renewable energy certificates (LGCs) from Pivotel Satellite 200kW Solar PV system.

Brought to you by Energizer, Moonlight Cinema is located in five locations around Australia, including Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth. Highlights from the January program can be found below, with specific location information.

January 2023

Preview screenings: Catch these movies at Moonlight Cinema throughout January before they hit the big screen.

The Fabelmans: 4 January (National) Steven Spielberg’s latest film about young Sammy Fabelman, who discovers a love for movie making, in this beautiful coming-of-age drama.

Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre: 6 January (National) The world’s best operatives come together to save the world in this Action Comedy from Guy Ritchie, starring Jason Statham, Aubrey Plaza and Hugh Grant.

Babylon: 18 January (Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide) From Director Damien Chazelle (La La Land) and starring Margot Robbie and Brad Pitt,the film chronicles the rise and fall of ambitious dreamers in 1920s Hollywood and captures the decadence, depravity, and outrageous excess of the time.

What’s Love Got To Do With It: 21 January (National) Starring Emma Thompson, Lily James and Shazad Latif, a filmmaker decides to document her best friend’s journey toward arranged marriage in this romantic comedy.

The Whale: 25 January (Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide) Brendan Fraser makes his Hollywood return as an obese and reclusive English teacher trying to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter for one last chance at redemption.

Hollywood hits: The movies that everyone is talking about under the stars on the big screen this January.

The Lost King: 15 January (National) British comedy-drama of an amateur historian defying the stodgy academic establishment to find King Richard III’s remains.

Avatar – The Way of Water: 20 & 27 January (National) James Cameron’s epic science fiction sequel to the world’s highest-ever grossing film, Avatar.

I Wanna Dance With Somebody: 24 January (National) Based on the life of pop culture icon Whitney Houston.

The Banshees of Inisherin: 26 January (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide) Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson star in this comedy/drama of two lifelong friends who find themselves at an impasse when one abruptly ends their relationship.

A Man Called Otto: 31st January (National) Tom Hanks stars in this comedy-drama as grumpy widower Otto Anderson who meets his match in a quick-witted, pregnant woman named Marisol, leading to an unlikely friendship.

Returning Hollywood hits

The Menu: 7 January (National) Starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Fiennes and Nicolas Hoult, a young couple travel to a remote island to eat at an exclusive restaurant where the chef has prepared a lavish menu, with some shocking surprises.

Top Gun: Maverick: 8 January (National) Tom Cruise returns as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in this action-drama sequel.

Ticket To Paradise: 14 January (National) Romantic comedy starring Hollywood favourites George Clooney and Julia Roberts.

Don’t Worry Darling: 19 January (National) A psychological thriller directed by Olivia Wilde, starring Harry Styles and Florence Pugh.

Retro classics: It wouldn’t be Moonlight without nostalgic, feel-good flicks.

Twilight: 3 January (National) Based on the best-selling book series of the same name, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.

My Best Friend’s Wedding: 5 January (National) Romantic Comedy starring Julia Roberts as the wedding-sabotaging best friend who wants the groom to herself.

The Princess Diaries: 10 January (National) Disney’s coming-of-age comedy starring Anne Hathaway as the average teenager turned real-life princess.

Con-Air: 11 January (National) Action thriller starring Nicolas Cage as the newly-paroled ex-con and former U.S. Ranger, Cameron Poe, who finds himself trapped in a prisoner-transport plane when the passengers seize control.

Magic Mike: 13 January (National) Starring Channing Tatum, this comedy-drama follows a male stripper who teaches a younger performer how to party, pick up women, and make easy money.

Top Gun: 17 January (National) Tom Cruise originates his role of Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in this 1986 action drama.

Family hits: There’s always family fun at Moonlight Cinema.

Strange World: 1 January (National) Disney’s animated family adventure film featuring the voice of Jake Gyllenhaal, Gabrielle Union and Lucy Liu.

Lyle,Lyle, Crocodile: 22 January (National) Comedy musical featuring the voice of Shawn Mendes, of an unlikely friendship turned family bond.

Puss In Boots: The Last Wish: 28 January (National) Dreamworks’ animated adventure comedy follows Puss, voiced by Antonio Banderas, on an epic journey to find the mythical Last Wish.

Tickets on sale at

Sydney: Centennial Park, now open through to 26 March 2023
Melbourne: Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, now open through to 26 March 2023
Brisbane: Roma Street Parkland, now open through to 19 February 2023
Adelaide: Botanic Park, now open through to 19 February 2023
Perth: Kings Park & Botanic Garden, now open through to 26 March 2023