November 05, 2013
Movies beneath the stars with V&A Waterfront’s Open Air Cinema
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
I’m a movie buff with a passion for Cape Town and the outdoors like no other… so when I recently received an invitation to the launch of the V&A Waterfront’s new Galileo Open Air Cinema, there was no way I was going to turn it down.
Just where is this new experience, due to open at my favourite seaside attraction on Thursday 7 November, 2013, I hear you ask? In typical V&A Waterfront fashion, nothing they do is ever expected and so the Mother City’s premier shopping destination has converted its Croquet Lawn, above the new Springbok Museum into its unique film venue.
A throwback to the 1950s and 1960s era when drive-in cinemas were the norm, the Galileo experience gives you the magical opportunity to watch your favourite Hollywood classics including the likes of Pretty Woman, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, American Beauty and more beneath the starlight.
On our media night on Thursday 24 October, 2013, we were treated to a screening of the cult musical Mamma Mia. Being able to sing along to one of my favourite movies, with the sea gulls flying overhead and the stars shining down on me, on the lawn of a bustling attraction has to be one of the most unique activities I’ve ever experienced in #lovecapetown …
What you need to know:
- Reel time info is available online at www.thegalileo.co.za/waterfront so get all of the important details about which movies are on the playbill here. Booking is essential so get your tickets at Webtickets.
- Movies and snacks go together like star-crossed silver screen lovers so either bring along your own tasty picnic basket, stop for a meal at one of the V&A Waterfront’s 80 fabulous eateries or purchase your butter salted popcorn and warm drinks at the Galileo’s onsite refreshment station.
- Immerse yourself in the total outdoor cinema experience by pre-booking your chairs (R 18 with the Comfy Ticket or R 20 on the night) and blankets (R 10). Don’t forget to pack in a warm jacket or bring your own blankets along for those breezy nights.
- Patrons of all sizes and capabilities are welcome so bring along your little ones (they have a fantastic family friendly movies lined-up including Shrek and The Addams Family in January 2014) and enjoy the wheelchair friendly facilities at the Croquet Lawn. Please be aware that most of the movies are geared toward an adult audience.
With the price of a cinematic experience being as expensive as it is these days, the Galileo Cinema’s R95 for the movie, chairs and blankets is quite reasonable. Tickets without the chairs and blankets are R 80.
In addition to the V&A Waterfront, the Galileo Open Cinema will also be hosting screenings at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens and Hillcrest Quarry in Durbanville every Tuesday and Thursday night until April 24, 2013. For more information, please visit www.waterfront.co.za or www.thegalileo.co.za. See you at the movies!