Have you ever noticed that summer gets better towards the end? QV Melbourne is extending the warmth with a new season of their outdoor deckchair cinema from 1 February- 31 March.
The Indian summer season, dubbed Flick Fest, is a new program of themed film screenings, with a curated selection of everything from cult classics to recent hits. Special pre-film events will include live performances, guest appearances, pop-up bars, bring-your-dog charity screenings, A Dog's Valentine and more.
Tickets are on sale now via qvcinema.com.au.
Kicking off the program is a week celebrating strong female characters from 1-4 February, with iconic films featuring fearless female leads, launching with the most epic tribute to the girl's road trip: Thelma and Louise. The launch week will include live entertainment and free themed drinks from a pop up bar.
Home to the city's beloved bring-your-dog charity screenings, QV Cinema's famed doggie dress up nights return on 9 and 10 February with pampered pooches encouraged to attend with their owners. QV will offer free pet photography over the two nights, inviting Melburnians to bring their pets along styled in their most creative costumes to watch Red Dog 2 and the loveable A Dog's Purpose. Proceeds from ticket sales for both nights go to The Lost Dogs' Home.
"We made the choice to mix up the programming this year, with a bit of an Indian summer slant. Melbourne is just so vibrant in March, with so many festivals on, that it's a great time to be out and about in the city - catching a movie after a comedy or fashion show and enjoying something to eat or drink under the stars," says QV Melbourne's General Manager Lisa Fleming.
On Friday 9 February, it's A Dog's Valentine. QV Cinema and The Lost Dogs' Home are inviting Melburnians to meet their most loyal Valentine - an adopted pup to provide with a forever home, and just in time for Valentine's Day! Cinema goers will meet a range of adoption dogs at 7:30pm, when a matchmaker from The Lost Dogs' Home will provide expert matchmaking tips. For example, Labrador-cross Rosco loves long walks on the beach and prefers driftwood to balls. He's suited to someone with an active lifestyle and lots of energy. Other dogs who come with their owners are invited to arrive with fur fluffed, dressed in their date-night best. All pups will parade down the red carpet to sniff out their favourite Valentine.
"It's a fun spin on Valentine's Day - because who is going to stick with you through thick and thin? An adopted dog will give you a lifetime of love and companionship. At The Lost Dogs' Home, we have many wonderful dogs waiting for their happily-ever-after. We are very thankful for QV Melbourne's support in shining a light on shelter dogs to help them find homes," says Ben Pocock, General Manager of Shelter & Outreach Services, The Lost Dogs' Home.
From 22 – 25 February, QV Cinema offers the chance to see previous Oscar favourites La La Land and Arrival, 2018 Oscar nominee Get Out, plus multi Australian AACTA Award Winner Lion, on the big screen before the Academy Awards on 4 March.
As Fashion Week descends on Melbourne, QV invites you to get your fashion fix at the cinema with a series of stylish films screening from 1 – 4 March. From 8 – 11 March, QV is throwing it back with a week of cult 80s classics and will host a cocktail bar, with a different 80's themed cocktail available each night.
Bring the kids along to Animation Week from 15 – 18 March and sing-a-long to your favourite musicals from 22 – 25 March, with free popcorn for cinema guests each night.
Melbourne's only silent cinema is located right in the heart of the city on the Astroturf lawn in QV Square. The intimate open-air deckchair cinema remains one of the city's most affordable outdoor cinemas. Tickets at $12* (plus $1 booking fee) include deckchair seating and high quality headphones for every audience member.
Sessions begin at 8:30pm Thursday to Sunday nights from 1 February to 31 March 2018, with special event screenings commencing at 7:30pm.
Film lovers can wander down Artemis or Red Cape Lane to the open-air courtyard for intimate screenings of QV Outdoor Cinema's eclectic variety of films. Grab a burger from Grill'd, a Movenpick ice cream or a dark hot chocolate from Max Brenner and lounge back in an intimate 80-seat deckchair cinema nestled in the heart of the 'city within the city'.
Worlds apart from other retail precincts in Melbourne, QV represents the quintessential Melbourne lifestyle. Intimate laneways in the urban precinct give visitors the freedom to wander and discover the eclectic mix of shops, cafes and restaurants at their own pace. Located on the corner of Lonsdale and Swanston Streets, QV has something for everyone with boutiques, enlightening entertainment and cosmopolitan bars and restaurants.
QV Melbourne's Outdoor Cinema Flick Fest season
7:30pm for event screenings
8:30pm for regular screenings
Thursdays – Sundays
1 February – 31 March 2018
No screenings during White Night Melbourne.
Check qvcinema.com.au for full program info.
Where: QV Square (level 2), QV Melbourne, corner Lonsdale and Swanston Streets, Melbourne
Tickets: All regular sessions cost $12*, or $14* (*plus $1 booking fee) for doggie dress up charity screenings. Bookings and full program available via qvcinema.com.au.