If there’s anything better than the combination of summer and open-air cinema, it’s got to be enjoying both in the surrounds of a 19th century convent.

The Shadow Electric at Abbotsford Convent has released their summer film program for 2013-2014, which is set to kick off a little early this year. Operating six days a week from November to March, this season will see over 150 film screenings alongside special events, live gigs and plenty of table tennis.

The curated program will host a wide range of cinema on the nine-metre screen, from recent dramas (Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, love-it-or-hate-it indie flick Frances Ha), rock documentaries (The Stone Roses: Made of Stone, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer), to the tried-and-tested classics (The Big Lebowski, The Karate Kid, Lolita).

For something slightly left of centre, The Shadow Electric is teaming up with the sexploitation-fanatic film society Vinegar Syndrome this year to present a series of cult films on Monday evenings for the bargain price of $10.

Of course, if you’ve been to The Shadow Electric before, you know that it’s more than just a cinema. With a live music series starting next week, plenty of food on offer, a bar that will be ‘more open than closed’, and table tennis continuing to reign supreme, you’ll be well entertained over summer.

The Shadow Electric film program runs from 21 November to March.

shadowelectric.com.au