Last night I went to the St Kilda Open Air Cinema on top of the St Kilda Baths to give me a hatrick for outdoor movies in the last month.
We managed to get a discount coupon (there seem to be a lot around for this cinema) the day before allowing us to get two tickets (inc deck chair) for $22 – bargain!
Apple and I decided to drive down but I hadn’t really given much thought to parking in St Kilda - was it going to cost me more than the movie? I googled with little success for information. There isn’t a lot of free parking in St Kilda and everything near the beach is metered to the hilt and generally to midnight. The cheapest option for us was actually to park under the St Kilda Baths at $4 an hour or in our instance For $10 for twelve hours that gives anyon plenty of time for dinner, the movie, a beach stroll and perhaps a drink afterwards.
Now back to the St Kilda open air cinema, it’s stretched along the roof of the baths with a perfect view of both the ocean and back over St Kilda. They begin live music from 7pm with the film starting when it gets dark enough (normally 8:30ish).
The cinema has three types of seating Econony (deck chairs) Premium (bean bags) and First (luxury bean loungers). We were of course in economy – As if we would complain for $11!! We arrived around 8ish and couldn’t see a pair of seats together and were thrilled when the staff rearranged the seating at the front to squish another chair in for us. While we waited for the movie to begin we noticed the staff seemed to consistently go out of their way to help everyone get comfortable and sit with friends – I was really impressed .
The venue has a bar and food available as well as Ben & Jerrys ice cream (yum!) but some people had also brought picnics with them and there were several tables at the rear of the roof top which were perfect for having a drink at or eating at pre film.
We had gone to see The Never Ending Story which I haven’t seen since I was a kid but I absolutely loved it, possibly even more now the Gmork is a little less scary when seen through adult eyes. It’s a beautiful film with a timeless message about the power of believing yourself and keeping your imagination alive and was perfect to watch with the sounds of the sea beside us. One of the funniest things was the seagulls seemed to time their swooping past with the electro power rifts in the eighties music – very theatric.
I have also decided that I think I would prefer to catch Falkor (luck dragon) than public transport when I have somewhere to go…
I wouldn’t mind coming back and watching another movie here soaking in the balmy summer weather I such a stunning location. I hear Labrynth is on next week…am feeling its time to relive my youth!
(It’s also worth noting that the St Kilda Open Air Cinema is a rain, hail or shine sort – so unless there is a dangerous weather event your ticket is non transferable)