What's showing at Gong's outdoor cinema

Some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters will find a new home in the botanic garden this summer, as the IMB Sunset Cinema sets up for another bumper season in Wollongong.

Kicking off on Boxing Day with British rom-com About Time, it will be the third and longest season for the outdoor cinema. 

With a range of flicks, from Top Gun to Thor, Anchorman 2 to American Hustle and Grease to The Great Gatsby, managing director Simon Rollin said even the most discerning of movie critics would find something to enjoy.

"It's a really unique cinematic experience under the stars, in a great environment at botanic gardens," he said.

"It's a social night out to share with family and friends, and experience some great movies."

Screening over Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights in summer, 24 movies will be played over the eight-week season.

Movies begin at last light, with live music, gourmet food and a full bar on offer.

"It's all the extras, that is what underpins a night at the cinema, and makes it a social event," Mr Rollin said.

"We think outdoor cinema goes with summer and it's a different thing to regular cinemas where you're told to be quiet. This is all about socialising and relaxing."

Cinemagoers can bring their own packed food, or buy a selection of Maggie Beer picnic hampers or Crust pizzas.

Opening night will also host musical guest Greg Gould, finalist of Australia's Got Talent. Tickets at sunsetcinema.com.au.

SUNSET CINEMA PROGRAM

December 26: About Time

December 27: Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2

December 28: Top Gun

January 2: Thor: The Dark World

January 3: Turbo

January 4: Gravity

January 9: The Spectacular Now

January 10: Despicable Me 2

January 11: Dirty Dancing

January 16: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

January 17: Grease

January 18: The Great Gatsby

January 23: We’re The Millers

January 24: Walking With Dinosaurs

January 25: Anchorman 2

January 30: Delivery Man

January 31: Free Birds

February 1: August: Osage County

February 6: Rush

February 7: Saving Mr Banks

February 8: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

February 13: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

February 14: About Time

February 15: American Hustle

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