Deckchair Cinema, operated by the Darwin Film Society, is unique in many ways. It is fully independent and screens films that are often otherwise unavailable to local audiences.
The outdoor setting, on the edge of Darwin Harbour is absolutely stunning. The lights reflected from anchored and passing ships make for a serene periphery. The wonderful sunsets over the sea every evening are a stunning backdrop for people who come early with their picnic dinners.
Run by the community-based Darwin Film Society, the Deckchair Cinema runs seven nights a week during the dry season, screening a range of movies from family favourites to festivals and foreign films.
The kiosk sells wine by the glass or bottle beer, soft drinks and snacks as well as a range of Deckchair merchandise. The box office and kiosk open at 6.30pm every night allowing plenty of time to enjoy the atmosphere.
The ambiance is very laid back and relaxed. There are 250 deckchairs as well as about 100 straight-backed seats. They do supply some cushions, but recommend that people bring their own for extra comfort. During the months of operation, the Deckchair Cinema (April to November) skies are usually cloud-free and the stars make a great backdrop for the screen.
Deckchair Cinema is accessible via the walkway from the Esplanade. This path has recently been upgraded and is well lit before and after each screening. The cinema is also accessible from the end of Kitchener Drive, turn right into Jervois Road, in the Wharf Precinct. There is plenty of parking available.
The Deckchair Cinema is a majestic open air cinema situated on the Darwin Harbour. The dry season skies are star studded and patrons are cooled by the gentle sea breezes. The cinema operates seven nights a week from mid April to mid November, screening a diverse range of Australian, foreign, popular, classic and family friendly films. Come down early, bring a picnic (bring your own alcohol is not allowed) or grab a drink or snack from their fully licensed kiosk. The ambiance is extremely relaxed. The Deckchair Cinema is easily accessible via a well lit picturesque walkway from the city esplanade and there is plenty of parking available on site. Gates open nightly at 6.30pm for a 7.30pm start, with double sessions on Friday and Saturday nights.