Between the months of April and November in Darwin, you have the opportunity to experience a truly enchanting experience. Located at the end of Jervois Road, overlooking Port Darwin, the Deckchair Cinema is surrounded by palm trees, geckos and bats and offers films that are a little left of centre. We’ve been twice now and have seen an American film called Mud, as well as an Australian murder mystery called Mystery Road.
The Deckchair Cinema originally opened in 1994 near the Stokes Hill Wharf but its popularity grew so much so that it had to move to its current site in 2003. It’s run by the Darwin Film Society, a not-for-profit organisation that was established in 1964 and relies on volunteers.
Tickets are available online or you can purchase them from the box office from 6:30pm and cost $15 for a single session or $22 for a double session, which usually run on Friday and Saturday nights. There are 250 deckchairs and 150 normal chairs, and they supply cushions to keep you comfortable. The movie starts just after sunset at 7:30pm, but you can come early and have dinner and a few drinks beforehand. Hot food is available every night and there is also a licensed kiosk where you can purchase beer or wine, but you can’t bring your own booze. They even provide natural insect repellent and it smells great.
The Deckchair Cinema is a definite MUST when visiting Darwin. This charming venue is absolutely delightful and proves to be a great night out.