Did you know that the very first multi-reel full length movie was not an American production? This honour belongs to Australia, where The Story of the Kelly Gang was made in 1906. Australia also boasts one of the first open-air cinemas, which is still running today and recognised as the world’s oldest “picture garden”. Sun Pictures officially opened in Broome on 9 December 1916, and screened the silent move ‘Kissing Cup’ (an English Racing Drama) with a supporting comic, “Bachelor Brown’.
Capetonians, luckily, don’t need to travel all the way Western Australia to enjoy the delights of a “picture garden”. We have The Galileo – which returns later this month and runs until April 2015 – at Kirstenbosch (Wednesdays), Hillcrest Quarry (Tuesdays) and the V&A Waterfront (Thursdays).
Besides the regular line-up featuring top comedies, cult classics, adventure sports, documentaries and action flicks, a few special events are being introduced, including a Halloween event on 31 October, a Valentine’s evening on 14 February (at Groot Constantia) and six Saturday shows in the Stellenbosch and Somerset West wine region.
Doors open at 6pm sharp and the movie starts as soon as it is dark (between 7.30 and 8.15pm). It’s best to arrive early to take advantage of the market vibe before the show and reserve your spot on the lawn with a comfy backrest and a warm blanket, both of which are available for hire.
Mouth-watering artisanal food, wine and bar drinks will all be on sale. Come hungry and tuck into some insanely good nachos, a beefy Argentinian sandwich, straight-out-of-the-oven pizza or decadent brownies. Freshly made popcorn is a given, of course!
The season opens at Kirstenbosch on 31 October with ‘The Exorcist’ and is followed (in no particular order) by blockbusters like ‘Grease’, ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’, ‘Pulp Fiction’, ‘The Shawshank Redemption’, ‘Lord of the Rings’, ‘Ice’ and, well, far too many great movies to mention in this article. The full programme can be seen here
Ticket prices this year are:
- Standard: R70
- Warm: R79 (plus blanket)
- Comfy: R88 (plus backrest)
- Warm & comfy: R95 (plus blanket and backrest)
For more information on each venue and to purchase tickets, visit The Galileo website. Ticket sales are now open.