Geelong, Victoria, Australia: 'Cup Cake Movies' Outdoor Cinema to Raise Funds for Hospital

Geelong's skyline will light up with sci-fi characters and animated adventures when picturesque Eastern Park becomes the backdrop for a fundraising outdoor cinema. Volunteer marketing manager Scott Talbot said the gardens would come alive for the city's first Cup Cake Movies outdoor cinema next month. Mr Talbot said the unique event would help raise money for cash-strapped Geelong Hospital. It's a first for Geelong, Mr Talbot said. It's partly a fundraiser for the hospital but it's also providing tourism and activities for the city of Geelong. I wanted to create something to touch, move and inspire people. The family-orientated sessions will feature G and PG-rated classics and new releases. Mr Talbot said the event would have options to suit everyone . He suggested patrons could bring rugs or chairs or choose items from the outdoor cinema menu, which would include fish and chips, popcorn, beer and wine. Mr Talbot said the movies would cost $5 a head, with children under five admitted free. It's probably the most affordable family activity, he said. Everything is under $5. It's a very affordable experience, so the community gets back an activity that doesn't cost an arm or a leg. City of Greater Geelong has given the outdoor cinemas a tick of approval, Mr Talbot said. He hoped Cup Cake Movies would become an annual event. The outdoor cinemas start on February 19 for a one-month run. Mr Talbot encouraged anyone interested in attending to visit to help select the movie schedule. The Independent is a sponsor of Geelong's Cup Cake Movies. Jessica Benton source-

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