Opera Air Cinema in Sydney

Sydney host some of the best weather in the world all year round. Sydney is so lucky that during the summer nights you will be able to find festival, an art installation and Open Air Cinemas popping up all over the place.

From Bondi Beach to Centennial Park to North Sydney and to on Sydney Harbour at Mrs Macquarie Chair.

I have been to the Moonlight Cinema at Centennial Park, it is a cosy park atmosphere with bean bags, great food and the bats above bringing more charm to the movie viewing. (My first time was watching Twilight at age 18, so you can imagine the excitement)


But in this blog I’ll be talking about my most recent experience at Open Air Cinema at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair.

Located on the edge of the Botanical Gardens, Mrs Macquarie’s Chair looks over the city and Sydney Harbour with the Opera House and Harbour Sydney being the background for your evenings entertainment.

We arrived early to enjoy the sun setting over Sydney and headed straight to the seating area where the staff gave us stickers which stuck onto the chairs allowing us to reserve seating before heading off to enjoy the food stall and bars with a selection of typical Aussie dishes from Fish & Chips to a Cheese Board. It is the perfect place to sit and look over the harbour as the sun sets across the water and watch the Bats fly over your head as they begin their night.

As it begins to grow dark this is the perfect time to sit join and watch the cinema screen move up to its full height. Honestly nothing was better than watching a movie and seeing the Harbour Bridge light up and it will be a moment that will stay with me forever.


Open Air Cinema had a huge selection of movies to watch over their Summer Season, we watched Colette (about a famous french writer) which we had been dying to see and it was wonderful. Well done to the team involved I was truly transported into this world.

I was blown away with the selection on offer they had some of the biggest hits that where in cinema for 2019 from Mary Queen of Scots, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite and so much more.

Open Air Cinema runs during January and February, with the doors opening around 6pm so you can take your time to enjoy a magical night. Tickets can be purchased from December each year via the website.

So why not try out a magical night at the Open Air Cinema so you can get the best of both worlds with the beauty of the view in front of you and the magic of Cinema.