Furry friends are welcome at all sessions during the Openair Cinemas.
Furry friends are welcome at all sessions during the Openair Cinemas. Anton Rehrl

Warm welcome at Openair Cinemas' new Brisbane home

THE AMERICAN Express Openair Cinemas are on a mission to make winter better, coming back to Brisbane from July 19-August 18 in a brand-new home: the iconic Botanic Gardens.

An exciting festival program of food and films will include the opening night screening of musical fantasy Rocketman.

The early return of the popular outdoor cinema this Winter will again play host to an array of festival-vibe entertainment, with American Express Card Members receiving a range of exclusive benefits.

This year's program is a mix of box office hits and highly anticipated new releases including Rocketman (July 19, 27 and August 2), Men in Black: International (July 21), X-men: Dark Phoenix (July 28), Yesterday (August 8, 14) and Spiderman: Far from Home (August 11, 15).

Little and big kids alike will enjoy screenings of family films such as Aladdin (July 20, 26 and August 4), The Secret Life of Pets 2 (August 10, 16) and Toy Story 4 (August 3, 9).

American Express Openair Cinemas remain proud supporters of Australian cinema and will screen three homegrown films in this Brisbane season: the inspiring documentary 2040 (July 23) and rom-coms: Top End Wedding (August 1) and Standing Up For Sunny (August 7).

For fans of cult classics, this year's program features an 80th anniversary screening of The Wizard of Oz on August 13, a special Christmas in July screening of Love Actually on July 24 and a throwback screening of the most quotable film of all times: Clueless on August 6.

A new food partner for 2019 is Pizza Queensland Bros, who will offer a daily menu of woodfired pizzas (including Nutella pizza!), antipasto patters and salads.

Refreshments are taken care of thanks to national partners Giesen Wines, 4Pines craft beer, PIMMS and Enjoy Water, Australian spring water in reusable aluminium cans.

It's official, Wine Wednesdays are now a thing - every Wednesday, guests will be able to sample the Giesen Wines range (up to eight different kinds) to pair perfectly with a selection of rom-coms. Special Happy Hour pricing will let you upgrade to a bottle without breaking the bank.

With more than 27 events happening at Brisbane's City Botanic Gardens, the festival atmosphere will be in full swing every weekend with an array of alternative entertainment; live music and DJ performances before the latest and greatest feature films light up the big screen.

Punters have no need to feel lonesome or long for company on their night out, as "Doggy Dates" provides visitors the chance to adopt a pooch during the movie every Friday with all proceeds going to RSPCA Queensland. Film fanatics and doggy owners are invited to bring their furry friends anytime, as all screenings are pet friendly.

American Express Card Members are invited to relax and enjoy the full VIP cinema experience by purchasing a ticket to the American Express Lounge.

Card Members will get their own bean bag and get comfortable with a cushion and blanket as well as some tasty treats.

American Express Card Members also enjoy 15 per cent off selected tickets, complimentary blanket hire and access to the American Express Garden, where they can enjoy sunset drinks and buy caramel popcorn,

Everyone can enjoy a variety of seating options and add a touch of comfort to a night under the stars with a lounger, a Kathmandu camping chair or a blanket hired online or onsite.

Premium tickets to Prime Video Lounge include reserved seating on a comfy beanbag, service straight to your seat and a glass of wine.

Tickets start at $14 and are on sale now via: openaircinemas.com.au

Brisbane is the first stop of the Trans-Tasman American Express Openair Cinemas tour which will go on to captivate audiences in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Perth, as well as Auckland and Christchurch in New Zealand.

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