Deckchair Cinema

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Deckchair Cinema is one of Australia’s most iconic outdoor cinemas. A true local gem, this independent cinema is operated by the not-for-profit Darwin Film Society, which has been programming a diverse and unique mix of films for over 20 years.

Located in the heart of the city on the edge of Darwin Harbour, it’s the perfect spot to catch a balmy sea breeze and a spectacular sunset. Dinner is available every night for patrons to enjoy on a popular outdoor dining deck overlooking the water and fringed by tropical garden. Arrive early to enjoy a refreshing sunset beverage from the fully licensed kiosk (please note: strictly no BYO).

Deckchair Cinema is famous for its friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere, and is perfect for those looking for a fuss-free evening. Deckchairs are provided, as well as complimentary cushions, free insect repellent and chilled filtered water. Keep an eye out for the native wildlife that can sometimes be spotted amid the lush foliage that surrounds this cinema under the stars!

The venue opens at 6pm and screens films seven nights a week from mid-April to mid-November. Films start promptly at 7.30pm and a typical Deckchair program features an eclectic mix of Australian, family, foreign, classic and popular films. Fast-track your way into the venue past any queues by booking your ticket online before you arrive.

The cinema is easily accessible on foot via a well-lit, picturesque walkway from the City (via The Esplanade-Damoe Ra Walkway) or the Waterfront Precinct, and there is plenty of parking and bike racks available on site.

The Darwin Film Society also operate Flix In The Wet and the Darwin International Film Festival (DIFF). Flix In The Wet occurs while the Deckchair closes for the wet season, programming films for Sunday afternoons in January through to March at an offsite indoor venue. DIFF is an annual cultural event that takes place in September, the last month of Darwin’s heavenly dry season, and consists of an exciting program of films and special events held over several luscious Top End nights.

© Paz Tassone


© Sarah Mackie Photography

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Jervois Road off Kitchener Drive, Darwin Waterfront 0800

Tel: +618 8981 0700

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