Is there a better backdrop than Brisbane’s city skyline at dusk on a balmy, breezy spring evening? If you’re with me on that, then the Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema at South Bank is a must-do for you. Add to this a big screen showing cult classics, a bucket of popcorn, a bottle of James Squire and (the best bit) a tub of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and the picture’s pretty much perfect.
The open air cinema is such a great idea for Brisbane – given our generally stable climate at this time of year, the beautiful lawns and playgrounds at Southbank and of course the backdrop of our lovely city. The schedule is packed full of great movies that are both current and pulled from the archives….maybe some Breakfast Club or Ferris Bueller’s Day Off will tickle you fancy? Or something more modern and thought provoking like Killing Them Softly or Looper? Either way, you can kick back, relax and take advantage of the awesomeness that is outdoor cinema-going!
MM and I indulged in some Sundae Session action last week, enjoying live music from a couple of up-and-coming bands from across the ditch, consumed our fair share of popcorn and cool ales, then kicked back to enjoy the screening of The Sapphires. Loved every minute!
Entry fees to Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema start from $15 which entitles you to view the movie from the comfort of your very own picnic blanket, cushions and so forth; however you can tailor a package depending on what creature comforts you’re after. You can hire deck chairs or bean bags for a few extra dollars, or for $30 you can go the whole hog which includes reserved VIP seating, a bean bag, blanket and a Ben & Jerry’s Ice cream.
The open air cinemas are licensed (no BYO) and you can get your hands on some James Squire craft beers, a German sausage snack, popcorn, chips, chockies…the list is ample. On Sunday afternoons you’ll be entertained from 4pm at the Sundae Session by live music as the sun goes down; you can even score free Ben & Jerry’s Icecreams and of course there’s plenty of great people watching opportunities.
The Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema is on at South Bank until the 25th November. Tickets can be purchased online or at the gates (if sessions aren’t sold out).
- Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas – The Cultural Forecourt, South Bank. www.openaircinemas.com.au