With outdoor cinemas screens lighting up around Melbourne this summer, the Palace Westgarth has decided to open its own.

“[It’s] all about cocktails and beers and deckchairs,” Palace Cinemas CEO Benjamin Zeccola says.

During the day, the courtyard is a place for people to socialise, have a drink and talk about a film they’ve just seen, but once the sun goes down the movie begins.

“We’ve got strawberries and other fruit growing around the edges and there are murals that have been painted on the wall by a local artist, so it just feels like a really lovely courtyard vibe,” Zeccola says.

The 30-seat cinema is perfect for the people that can’t go a couple of hours without having a chat. High-definition headphones are provided to audience members – feel free to bring your own too – who prefer to watch uninterrupted.

“It’s for the people that are there, watching the film, having drinks, and still allowing them to socialise,” Zeccola says.

The film line-up features summer releases including the Jumanji sequel starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson; Hugh Jackman’s newest musical, The Greatest Showman; and Guillermo del Toro’s supernatural romantic-thriller, The Shape of Water.

The menu includes choc tops, cheese boards, ham and cheese toasties, and olive-oil popcorn.

At the bar, you can find bottled cocktails from the Everleigh, including Martinis and Negronis, as well as a list of fresh cocktails that changes every day.

Zeccola is excited to bring friends together on a balmy night to watch a film together: “I love that I can get a couple of people together… grab a couple of drinks and get involved in the film, and then hang out afterwards.”

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CAPI Outdoor Cinema at Palace Westgarth runs from December 1 2017 to March 2018 at 89 High Street, Northcote. Broadsheet is a proud media partner of Palace Cinemas.