Everyone loves heading to Kirstenbosch on a summer Sunday for their open air concerts – and soon you can spend evenings there during the week, too. On the 21st of November 2012, the Galileo Open Air Cinema will make its debut and visitors will be invited to enjoy a ‘memorable movie experience under a ceiling of stars’, all set, of course, against the ‘spectacular backdrop of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens’.

Each week a movie or documentary from different, but recurring film genre:
1st  week of the month: Documentaries
2nd week of the month: Best Foreign
3rd  week of the month: Adventure Sports
4th  week of the month: All-Time Classics

The cinema will run once a week (usually on Wednesday evenings), every week from November to April, and I have to say the programme looks very well chosen, with must-see-again movies like Pulp Fiction, Forrest Gump and Amelie and thought-provoking doccies like Food Inc and Gasland.

Food vendors will be at hand before the show, selling ‘delicious healthy snacks’, so it sounds like the food choices will be good. And I love the way they structure their tickets:

galileo tickets

Drizzle does not mean cancellation, but rain does, in which case the movie will be screened the following night. If it rains then, too, you’ll be refunded.

I think it sounds like a truly magical way to spend a summer evening, and Kirstenbosch at night is one of my very favourite places. I wouldn’t be surprised if tickets for these movies will be in particularly high demand. Ticket sales for each movie open 2 weeks beforehand, and of course numbers are limited – so if you’re keen be sure to book early.

Can’t. Wait.

Galileo Open Air Cinema at Kirstenbosch – Event Details:

Where: Marquee Lawn, Kirstenbosch (just to the left as you enter Gate 2)
When: Usually Wednesday evenings (rain may shift it by a day) from 7.30pm (entry into the gardens free with movie ticket from 6pm).
Cost: From R60 online, from R70 if purchased at the gate (provided it’s not sold out).

For more details and up to date programme, visit www.thegalileo.co.za or call 071 471 8728.

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