Sydney, Australia: Movie Enthusiasts Create a Stampede for Sydney Open Air Cinema

Movie goers crashed the website of the open air cinema by Sydney Harbour this morning in a buying frenzy that saw 25,000 tickets sold in the first half hour.

By 9.30am, just 30 minutes after tickets went on sale, many Sydneysiders were locked out of the St George OpenAir Cinema website while others helped themselves to more than half the 43,000 tickets available for the six-week schedule of movies at Mrs Macquaries Point.

By 9.45am the tally had risen to 26,000, a St George bank spokeswoman said.

The three most popular picks were premiere sessions forВ Bran Nue Dae,В Invictus andВ Nine, the spokeswoman said.

Tickets are also available directly from the Ticketmaster website.

The cinema offers a three-storey-high screen and a bar and restaurant. Cinemagoers are not allowed to take their own food.

Other open air theatres open this summer include Bondi Openair, North Sydney's ME Bank Starlight Cinema, Centennial Park's Ford Fiesta Moonlight Cinema, Homebush's Movies in the Overflow and Tropfest in the Domain.

Georgina Robinson


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