With the cold weather rolling out, and Dezemba coming in, we got to thinking some fun and festive activities that could be experienced in our beautiful province. The aim is to keep it social but safe, affordable but still a treat, and wide-spread enough to allow for choice.
This blog post is dedicated to those that have developed a love for the screen, and are ready to peel their cheeks from the couch (to another chair). So we present: MOVIES (viewed from anywhere except a laptop screen). The Western Cape has wonderful cinema spaces that allow for intimacy with social distancing; an ideal outing to treat yourself, a loved one or even those fussy relatives who’ve arrived for the festive season.
Its recognizable name is not the only thing that makes it memorable. This old school cinema is the first Independent Art-Repertory Cinema in South Africa. The movies on circuit range from commercial screenings, independent movies, foreign films, documentaries, classics and other alternative and art circuit films. In addition to the 4 screens, the cinema has a cosy coffee bar with home-made delicacies, a sweet bar serving treats, chocolates and popcorn, an outside garden terrace and a fully licenced bar. This means you can sip on one of the cocktail slush puppies or famous glueweins while watching a movie.
🎟: R60.00/ticket OR R45.00/ticket for students, fanatics, seniors, and children
TIP: be sure to check out the Movie Meal Specials on their website; save on supper and screening
Every Thursday, the President Hotel hosts a movie night with Savanna; a sunset picnic and open-air silent cinema experience around the pool. The standard ticket includes headphones and comfy seating, along with popcorn and chocolate, a delicious picnic basket prepared by Executive Chef Jacques Swart, and 2 Savannas. There is the option to upgrade to a VIP ticket to have Lindt chocolate, a bottle of bubbly and a gift from Savanna, in your front row seat.
🎟: R290/person (standard) OR R490.00/person (VIP)
TIP: if you don’t want to worry about driving home, stay the night and make it a Staycation for R995.00/room.
Set on the roof the Grand Daddy Hotel amidst the world's only roof-top trailer park, the Pink Flamingo Roof Top Cinema is truly a unique experience. Movie screenings are classic, but seating is a little more contemporary: general seating, the love seat and the couch are the 3 different ticket options. All tickets include a welcome drink, bag of sweets and popcorn.
🎟: based on inquiry
TIP: the roof-top park hosts all kinds of groovy events, so keep your eyes on their Facebook page for updates and notifications!
The Galileo Open Air Cinema has adapted and innovated their services during lockdown by offering more options for movie viewing:
Home Rentals allow you to hire the necessary equipment for a private screening in the comfort of your own home. Take the Galileo experience to your own backyard for an intimate celebration with family and friends, without having to lift a finger.
Royale is for the kings and queens; an unforgettable outdoor movie experience at some of the most exclusive venues in and around Cape Town. Lap up the luxury as you are treated to a welcome drink, appetizer & popcorn upon arrival, plus an hour-long live music performance, all included in your ticket price. Place an order for a delicious meal from the acclaimed restaurants on location or simply cuddle up with a bottle of bubbly and toast to a regal sunset before the anticipated movie begins. Wednesdays alternate between a few locations, including: Suikerbossie in Hout Bay, Casa Labia in Muizenberg, Steenberg Estate in Tokai, Radison Blu Hotel in Granger Bay, and The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel in Constantia.
Picnics allow you to enjoy the screenings and its scenery with snacks. At The Galileo, when the sun sets the stars really come out, with a glittering line-up of romantic comedies, cult classics, musicals, adventure sports and family favorites that let you cuddle up and be entertained. Venues include Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens on Thursdays and Sundays, with a variety of wine farms for Saturday shows.
Drive Ins are bringing back the old cinematic delights; the big screen and delicious movie-pairing food available to order when you purchase your tickets. Park off, cuddle up and enjoy. Drive-ins are set at either Vredenhof Sports Field at Groote Schuur High School in Rondebosch, or in Constantia at the Cape Academy of Maths, Science and Technology.
The 16-seater screening room is available to both guests and non-guests, as well as exclusive private hire. Each month a new schedule of movies is set, running five times a day and may be accompanied with breakfast, lunch or dinner. Wine and dine at the award-winning Azure Restaurant, followed by a screening of a film. Sink into plush leather seats with surround sound, and a lavish assortment of goodies: popcorn, hot chocolate, milkshakes and candy.
🎟: based on inquiry
TIP: for those wanting to enjoy the outdoors and indoors, grab a dinner on Azule’s terrace as you watch the sunset, and then head to the evening movie screenings.
The popular mall has partnered with Ster Kinekor to provide summer entertainment outside, especially appreciated after a busy day of shopping inside. Tickets are purchased online and, with a slight price increase, can be upgraded to include popcorn and soda. Movie screenings are between Thursdays-Sundays, providing a wonderful weekend experience.
🎟: R290/vehicle (new release movie) OR R220.00/vehicle (pre-released movie)
TIP: ensure that your car’s stereo is in working condition as the movie's sound will be transmitted through it - how cool!