Arrivals & Departures Movies under the stars: Outdoor cinemas in WA's South West

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Heading south this summer? Get your picnic baskets and rugs ready for the outdoor movie season, with films screening under the stars at various venues throughout the South West.

Movies at Cape Mentelle

Running right through the summer in Cape Mentelle's winery gardens near Margaret River, Movies at Cape Mentelle begins on December 15 with Ben Elton’s comedy Three Summers.

Films are shown through to April 2, with a program ranging from recent releases such as Blade Runner 2049, Ali’s Wedding, Battle of the Sexes and Murder on the Orient Express to favourites including Frozen and Dirty Dancing, the latter screening on New Year's Eve. 

Burgers by the Margaret River Burger Co are available on site, along with cheese and charcuterie plates, Cape Mentelle Wines, Colonial Brewery beers and classic movie treats such as icecream and popcorn. And if you've still got some Christmas shopping to do, gift vouchers are available.

Caves House Hotel's Garden Cinema

Movie season at Yallingup’s Caves House Hotel kicks off on December 12 with Bad Moms 2: A Bad Moms Christmas. 

Screening on Tuesdays and Thursdays, films include Thor: Ragnarok, starring Australians Chris Hemsworth and Cate Blanchett, Christmas animation The Star, and Beauty and the Beast with Emma Watson.

Food and drinks are available from the main bar and the Pizza Shack, and movie goers can get $7 off an adult ticket when buying a main meal off the main menu. 

ArtGeo's Courtyard Cinema

The Courtyard Cinema will be back at the ArtGeo cultural complex in Busselton from December 16, when the family friendly The Search for Santa Paws will be shown. 

There will be other animations including The Secret Life of Pets and The Lion King, along with Australian films presented by CinefestOZ and, on January 27, the Over the Fence Comedy Film Festival, screening 14 short films from around the world.

Bean bag hire is available, along with drinks including wine and beer, plus pizza and popcorn.

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