Summer in Sydney has an infinite number of pleasures; beaches, bare shoulders and balmy nights surely rate high on that list. There’s also the tidal wave of new movie releases, appealing to movie buffs and people looking for air-conditioned entertainment on a sweltering day. But what better way to make use of both the summer nights and a heft of movie choices than an openair cinema?

St George’s OpenAir Cinema season opens for sale today (December 13) – with plenty of premieres and previews on the program, including films like Les Misérables, Life of Pi, and Anna Karenina. However, you’ll have to move fast to secure yourself an advance ticket to your intended session.

The season runs from January 10 to February 16, and has seriously stepped up the cinema dining prospects with no-scrimping gourmet picnic-style dining menu including cheese plates and fresh pizze, and a bar that includes beer, wine, Champagne and colourful cocktails by the glass or by the jug. Not bad for an outdoor shindig. There’s no need to bring your own seat as there’s grandstand seating (so you can actually see the screen).

If the film you’re hankering for has already sold out, fear not. You might still get lucky on the night - a limited number of door sale tickets are kept on hold for each evening’s screening. Check the website to see how many have been set aside for that night, but your game plan remains: show up early to nab a highly coveted ticket, then drink, dine and relish the summer in the open air before your screening commences.

St George OpenAir Cinema
Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquaries Point (next to the Royal Botanic Gardens)
Gates open: 6.15pm
Screenings begin: 8.30pm to 8.40pm
Tickets from $30 + booking fee
stgeorgeopenair.com.au