Cape Mentelle Outdoor Cinemas

It’s one of the quintessential parts of an Australian summer: the outdoor cinema.

While urbanites have stamped their own twist on the tradition with the rooftop cinema in recent years, there is something magical about hearing the wind in the trees and the squawk of the cockies at Margaret River’s outdoor movies.

Add in some local wine, a starlit sky that can only be achieved without the lights of suburbia and the fresh breeze of country air and it’s as close to movie buff heaven as you can get. The region is home to some fabulous outdoor screen options; covering the north and south, so no matter where your bed is for the night you’ll be able to find one in easy driving distance.

Hot tip: Once the sun goes down it can get chilly (even in the height of summer), so it’s recommended to bring a blanket and / or jacket to stay cosy.

Cape Mentelle - Outdoor Cinema

Movies at Cape Mentelle

Margaret River

One of the most popular night-time activities in Margaret River, it’s a magical experience watching the sun turn pink over the vineyard backdrop of Cape Mentelle. The season runs all the way from December through to February with films selected from new and recent releases, plus classics and family favourites thrown in the mix. Book for a Monday evening and you’ll be in for some live music to accompany your pre-film picnic during the hour before the film starts.

The gates open from 6pm and it’s definitely a good idea to get there on time so you can snag the best spot – seating is unreserved, and pre-purchase of tickets is definitely advised. For those that prefer an extra level of comfort you can hire a beanbed to recline in while you sip that glass of wine. It’s perfectly acceptable to bring your own picnic or pick up some hot food on offer from food truck Little Hand’s Dumplings – just be sure to keep the drinks at home. There is a fully licensed bar stocked with all sorts of options to sip, including some world class Margaret River wine of course!

Useful tips

  • Dates: mid-December to 1st of February. Screenings Friday to Tuesday.
  • Prices: Concession/children from $16; Adults from $22.50; Reserved seating with beanbed from $32.50; Package for two from $80.
  • Movies begin between 7.30pm-8pm depending on sunset (Doors open from 6.00pm). No smoking and BYO chairs must sit up the back of the outdoor cinema.
Caves House Yallingup - Outdoor Movies

Caves House Hotel

Yallingup

As one of the most beautiful heritage buildings in the state, a visit to Caves House is a central part of any Yallingup holiday. Just down the road from the surfing town’s famous breaks, this grand dame has been lovingly restored, complete with art deco interiors, plush carpets, a cocktail bar and light fittings that wouldn’t be out of place in The Great Gatsby. Step onto the terrace and you’ll find lush gardens that are perfect for a summer evening under the night sky. You might even catch the gentle sound of the waves for some added atmosphere alongside the cinema soundtrack! Over the course of the season you’ll find a range of movies from new releases through to family favourites.

A very relaxed night at the movies, guests can BYO their own seating of choice and light snacks for the film. Although, why bring snacks when you can indulge in a tasty bite beforehand from the hotel? You can grab a casual bite from the pizza shack or bar, or treat yourself to a main meal in the restaurant and save $7 off an adult movie ticket. A full range of drinks are available from the bar, so strictly no BYO on beverages.

Useful tips

  • Dates: Thursday 16th December to Thursday 17th February, every Tuesday and Thursday (excluding Tuesday 25th February).
  • Prices: Children under 5 Free; Children aged 5–15 $10; Adults $17; Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 kids) $50.
  • Movies begin from 8.00pm (Doors open from 6.00pm). No smoking and chairs must sit up the back of the cinema. Showtimes are subject to weather conditions.

Lentedal Outdoor Movies

Yallingup

The newest outdoor cinema to hit the scene this summer, Lentedal have introduced movie nights every Saturday until the 26th of March 2022. As one of the most family friendly cellar doors in the region there is plenty to keep all ages happy until the movie starts, so we recommend getting there early to snag a good spot and enjoy the atmosphere as the sun slowly sets. The cellar door and alfresco café stay open until 9pm, offering wine tasting, delicious woodfired pizza, platters, and their DIY BBQ packs. These come with gourmet lamb burgers, sausages and salad, so you can whip up some dinner without the hassle of going to the shops.

Tickets are an absolute bargain at $8 for adults and $4 for kids (up to 12 years), making it a no-brainer for your next family fun night. Check out the Lentedal website for the program.

Useful tips

  • The season runs from Saturday 11th December through to Saturday 26th March 2022.
  • The movie will start at 7:30pm.
  • Bring your own picnic rug or low deck chair, and a blanket.
  • Arrive early to score a prime position, there’s plenty of room for kids to run around and meet the friendly cellar door animals before the movie starts.

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