Sunset Cinema is opening this December at nearby St Ives for a season of unmissable cinematic experiences under the stars. There are blockbusters, classics, family films, fabulous food and drinks – including Manly Spirits.

Get ready! Sunset Cinema is celebrating its 10th birthday and is re-launching their must-visit summertime outdoor cinema on the beautiful surrounds of St Ives Showgrounds.

A key fixture to summer events programming for the last decade, Sunset Cinema is bringing their signature mix of new release blockbusters, all time classics and family favourites from under the stars this summer, with even more screening nights, delicious food and beverage options, and comfy bean bags and lounges.

With the season running from December 9 – January 28, and screenings Thursday to Saturday, movie lovers can bask in the warm evenings enjoying some of their favourite films.

From well-loved classics like Home Alone and Mean Girls to new releases Don’t Worry Darling and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, plus a bunch of Christmas favourites like Love Actually and Elf – there’s a movie to suit everyone!

Key highlights for the film programming include:

  • Christmas classics – Dec 14 – 24: the perfect festive moment under the stars – get comfy watching Christmas classics like Elf, Home Alone 1 & 2 and The Night Before Christmas.
  • Doggo Film Fest (St Ives) – Jan 12 – 14: A dream come true for pawrents, BYO pooch and snuggle up watching Marley & Me, Scooby Doo and 101 Dalmatians.

This year Sunset Cinema will be bringing their well-stocked bar where you can treat yourself to a refreshing beverage thanks to Oxford Landing, Manly Spirits, and BentSpoke Brewing Co.

Featuring ridiculously comfortable bean lounges, bean bags and space for a full picnic spread, Sunset Cinema has got your cravings covered with movie must-haves available at the on-site snack bar, serving:

  • Freshly popped popcorn and candy
  • Bulla Murray St Choc Tops
  • Savoury snacks including 180 Degrees crackers
  • 180 Degrees cheese boxes (available for pre-order through the website)

Get some delicious hot food from local food truck Foods of the Realm, dishing out yummy meals incorporating flavours from around the world. Tuck into mouth-watering burgers and delicious burritos, ensuring you feel perfectly satisfied before snuggling down for the movie.

This year you can also experience the ultimate indulgent VIP treatment thanks to the Tim Tam Lounge. Treat yourself to premium seating, kicking back on luxe lounges, being waited on hand and foot by the lounge genie, munching on bottomless popcorn, and an indulgent Tim Tam treat! What more could you wish for?

Tickets are sold online with adult tickets just $22. Need to treat yourself? Upgrade to the VIP experience at the Tim Tam lounge for an additional $25. Looking to attend a family film? Kids tickets are only $10 with children under 3 years free.

Gates open at 6.30pm nightly, allowing time to enjoy the alfresco atmosphere before settling in to watch the film.

Sunset Cinema St Ives
When: 9 Dec – 28 Jan 2023
Times: 6.30pm – 11.00pm
Where: Model Aeroplane Arena, St Ives Showground, 450 Mona Vale Road, St Ives


For more great summer events check out the Northern Beaches Living School Holiday Guide by clicking here. 


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