One of Sydney’s favourite film experiences, the Ben and Jerry’s Open-Air Cinema, has partnered with American Express this year and rebranded its offering. It's now called American Express Open-Air Cinema.
Kicking off in November, a cinema will be erected under the stars on Cadigal Green at Sydney University.
Alexandria’s Salt Meats Cheese is on board to deliver its signature truffle-pecorino pasta, arancini and slices of wood-fired pizza. If you prefer popcorn and choc-tops with your movie, the classics are available too.
4Pines Craft BrewPub is heading up the bar, with Giesen Wines from New Zealand contributing the wine. Frosé, Aperol Spritz and Coconut Coladas will all be flowing.
OzHarvest will present Soul Sundays on the site. Every Sunday there will be trivia nights, live music, games and snacks. A $3 donation from every Sunday ticket sale will provide six meals to those in need.
Opening with Thor on November 29, the festival blends new releases with cult classics. Film highlights include Kenneth Branagh’s remake of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, George Clooney’s 1950s American drama Suburbicon and guilty pleasure Dirty Dancing. In the lead-up to Christmas there’s Jon Favreau’s Elf as well as Tomas Alfredson’s thriller The Snowman, which stars Michael Fassbender.
Dogs are welcome at all screenings and you can book them a bed; charcuterie boards will be delivered to them.
A series of long-table three-course dinners (with matching wines) will be held before certain screenings.
Tickets start at $13. The American Express Open-Air Cinema runs from November 30 until December 20.
Full film line-up
Blade Runner 2049
The Mountain Between Us
Battle of the Sexes
Murder on the Orient Express
Bad Moms 2
European Outdoor Film Tour
Happy Death Day