9 February 2012

Moonlight Cinema : Melbourne, Australia

With the dreary days of winter encompassing most of the U.S., it’s easy to forget that there is an entire Southern hemisphere enjoying warm, beautiful summer days. In Melbourne, Australia, the Moonlight Cinema is in full swing…and what can be better than enjoying a movie under the stars?

I have always enjoyed the odd pleasure of watching movies in the outdoors and have fantasized for years of owning a drive-in movie theatre, complete with a wood fired oven for pizzas, an extensive wine selection, local brews on tap, truffled popcorn, and homemade gelatos. Patrons could bring their own picnic blanket and check out a board-game to play or throw the frisbee while waiting for the movie to begin. In college, we used to go to great lengths to enjoy a movie al fresco by wheeling our TV outside (yes, they had wheels), and creating a daisy chain of extension cords to power the TV and VCR. But in Melbourne, all of the hard work has been done for you.

Just pack up a basket of provisions, a picnic blanket, and your vintage champagne glasses, and then head over to the lovely Royal Botanical Gardens to enjoy a night under the stars in the warm vibrancy of an Australian metropolis. For the full lineup, visit the Moonlight Cinema web site, but here are a few highlights for February:

2/9 Carnage
2/14 Breakfast at Tiffany’s
2/16 The Descendants
2/23 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
2/28 Moneyball

If you don’t have the luxury or desire to hop a Qantas flight to Australia, consider a DIY Moonlight Cinema right in your own backyard, just in time for Valentine’s Day. There’s something über romantic about watching a movie under the stars.  So if the weather permits, put the kids to bed a little early, move your tv/laptop/ipad outside, build a fire, pop a little organic Vermont Maple & Sea Salt Popcorn from Quinn Popcorn, and cuddle up under a pile of warm blankets with your mate and your dog to catch a flick.  Maybe even roast some homemade marshmallows. Here are a few of my Valentine movie ideas, but I would love to hear some of yours:

Midnight in Paris
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
So I Married an Axe Murderer
Harold and Maude
You, Me and Dupree
And the old Cusack classic… Say Anything

What’s your favorite romantic movie?