What to see at the Brisbane Openair Cinema

It’s that time of year... the weather has warmed up, exams are a distant concern, and an evening out with friends is a regular occurrence. So bookmark Openair Cinemas screening schedule on your phone, and start rounding up some pals for a night under the stars, with the stars of the silver screen.

Brisbane Openair Cinema

As always, the cinema is nothing without a box of fresh popcorn, some gourmet ice cream and a few fizzy beverages. Openair won’t let the team down, offering a cashless bar with beer, wine and Frose, plus a stash of Italian inspired goodies by Salt Meats Cheese. Think wood-fired pizza, pastas, arancini, salads and more.  

Don’t forget to level-up to a premium lounger and cosy blanket when your book your tickets online – it's the best way to experience this annual film fiesta at South Bank’s Rainforest Green. Here’s a selection of films to whet your appetite, and start planning your Openair agendas. 

Hot off the reel new releases

Make like a secret agent and organise a rendezvous for Mission Impossible (5 October) or, more likely, Johnny English Strikes Again (25 October). Night School and Venom are also on the schedule for screenings shortly after they appear in cinemas, in early November.

Feel good flicks to see with the chicks

Gather the gals for a night of giggles and romantic sighs. Indulge in the over-the-top personalities of Crazy Rich Asians (7 and 13 October), festive classic Love Actually (24 October) or new Aussie feel-good film Ladies in Black (1 and 7 November).

Family friendly

Roll out the picnic blanket and bring the rug-rats to one of the many family films running throughout the season. Choose from the action of Incredibles 2 (6 October); school holiday new release Small Foot (20 October and 3 November) or Christopher Robin (21 and 27 October) starring everyone’s favourite Jedi, Ewan McGregor, and everyone’s favourite bear, Winnie the Pooh.

Retro revivals

Who needs blockbusters when the good ol’ classics are just as entertaining as they were back in the day! Step back in time with Dirty Dancing (10 October) or the Breakfast Club (17 October) and relive your teenage rebellion.  

Fright nights

In the Rainforest, everyone can hear you scream... all the way through the latest thrillers and horror flicks. Diarise a date with your bodyguards for Searching (18 October), The Predator (30 October) or Halloween special, The Nun (31 October).  We promise to leave some lights on, for when you leave.

Special events

A captioned screening for hearing-impaired visitors of Australian film - The Merger, will run on Sunday 14 October.

For something a little bit different, and perfect for an alfresco cinema, the European Outdoor Film Festival – a series of seven shorter adventure films, shot in the wilds of the open spaces of Europe -  will also run on 23 October and 8 November. 

For the full American Express Openair Cinema Brisbane program, pricing and to book your tickets, head to the event website.