Cape Town's open-air cinema is back - and showing in more venues than ever

2019-10-17 16:45 - Marisa Crous
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For eight seasons, the Galileo Open Air Cinema, Cape Town’s favourite outdoor cinema experience, has attracted many to its various lovely venues for some mid-week, fresh air, film nights. 

Not only the best date idea (like ever), it's just a beautiful way to spend your evening in the Mother City. The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is the most popular venue by a long-shot, and with good reason. Lounging under the stars, blanket over your legs, you see the outline of the mountain at your back, and sit in awe of this nature spot. Cape Town is mother-fricken gorgeous!

Get there around 18h00 for a good spot in front of the screen. Settle in with some drinks as you take in the stellar surroundings. The film usually starts rolling at 19h45, as the sun goes down. This gives you ample time to browse the food vendors for some dinner and drinks, coffee or just a snack. You can also bring your own picnic basket - perfect for a budget night!

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And look forward to a night of music and wonder as the Galileo will be showing its first-ever Bollywood movie this season!


(PHOTO: Marisa Crous)


(PHOTO: Marisa Crous)


(PHOTO: Marisa Crous) 


Running from Wednesday to Saturday and December Sundays, here are the spectacular list of venues to choose from in the Cape Town area: 

Kirstenbosch Gardens is one of The Galileo’s beloved regular venues and takes the limelight every Wednesday and Thursday evening this summer.

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Fridays add a dose of variety with the rotation of four sensational venues:

Battery Park (V&A Waterfront), Meerendal Wine Estate (Durbanville), Central Park (Century City) and Steenberg Farm (Tokai). Saturdays remain a winelands experience, with 20 award-winning wine estates across Stellenbosch, Somerset-West, Franschhoek and Paarl forming part of the schedule while Sundays during December school holidays take place at the prestigious Kelvin Grove Club in Newlands and encourages a special family themed series of events.


Standard: R109 (entry only)

Warm: R117 (plus blanket)

Comfy: R125 (plus backrest)

Warm & comfy: R130 (plus blanket and backrest)

VIP: R195 (Reserved premium seating, blanket, backrest, Coke and a Frey chocolate slab)

Snuggle: R360 per couple (front row mattress, 2 blankets, 2 pillows and Frey chocolates)

Special screenings – Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s and Easter: Ticket prices vary

Other details to know:

It's free on your birthday or during the week of your birthday! Plus doors open at 6pm on weekdays, 5pm on Saturdays and 4pm on Sundays.

Reserve your seat under the stars today! 

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