Nothing compares to lounging in the late afternoon sun, cradling a fresh bucket of buttery popcorn, and enjoying an alfresco flick while the stars come out. Sunset Cinema is returning to the Australian National Botanic Gardens on 23 November for its 11th season, running over three warm summer months. With their signature mix of new releases, family faves, and all-time classics on the agenda, we’ve been spoilt for choice.

Don’t miss the new iconic blockbuster, Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning, or the highly anticipated next instalment of the Hunger Games saga, A Ballard of Songbirds and Snakes. If you’re planning a family outing, catch the latest superhero action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem, Pixar’s new animated adventure Elemental, or the all-time favourite, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl.

Plus, there are plenty of nostalgic comedies on offer, like My Big Fat Wedding 3 and Clueless. Then seemingly out of nowhere, it’s time to get in the festive spirit with a jam-packed week of Christmas classics!

Stock up at the on-site bar for a cheeky pre-movie bevvy, with G&Ts from Manly Spirits Distillery Co, along with a collection of sustainable Aussie wines from Oxford Landing and local craft brews from Mountain Culture Beer Co. And before you settle in for the screening, don’t forget the movie night essentials: choc tops and freshly popped popcorn.

As always, opts for ultimate comfort and the best seats in the house with the Sunset Lounge, where you can enjoy premium bean lounges, reserved prime viewing and bottomless popcorn.

The full movie program is now on sale, check out their website to secure tickets.