Outdoor cinemas: Best open-air places to watch movies in Dubai
What’s On has details of the latest alfresco movie options in Dubai, including makeshift screens at La Playa Lounge, JLT, Wafi and Reform.
If you’ve had your fill of mall multi-screens or worry about catching that pesky air-con cold, don’t worry. Here are some of the best places to get yourself a dose of popular culture while also adding a little style and alfresco flair to your movie nights.
JLT OUTDOOR CINEMA
The upcoming programme in the laid-back surrounds of JLT park – located between clusters O and P – is packed with independent movie screenings and cool kids’ animations. There are plenty of food options too courtesy of Wokyo, the Panifico food truck and Maria Bonita. All screenings begin at 7.30pm; just bring cushions and blankets and settle in for the night under the stars.
Spirited Away (March 13), Searching for Sugarman (March 14), Gnomes & Trolles (March 27), Paris Je’taime (March 28), The Cat Returns, (April 10), Life in a Day (April 11). Ocean Waves (April 24), Kon-Tiki (April 25)
Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai, free Fri and Sat 7.30pm. greateventsdubai.com
REFORM SOCIAL & FILM
Reform has the British gastro-pub thing nailed, right down to the beer garden. But it’s become even harder to resist thanks to it’s weekly outdoor cinema experiences. Weekly screenings for adults and kids – from cult British classics to romantic comedies – are played on a giant screen on the grass by the water’s edge, with beanbags, picnic blankets and outdoor lounge seating provided. Additional food and drink, including homemade popcorn and a seasonal jugs of Pimms will be available.
The Goonies (March 10), The Commitments (March 17), Back to the Future (March 24), There’s Something About Mary (April 7), Legally Blonde (April 14), The Inbetweeners (April 21), Monty Phyton and The Holy Grail (April 28), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (May 5), Harry Potter (May 12), Labyrinth (May 19), Lord Of The Rings (May 26)
The Lakes, Dubai, Tue 8pm. Tel: (04) 4542638. Taxi: The Lakes Club. reformsocialgrill.ae
MOVIES UNDER THE STARS
On Sundays, sink into a giant beanbag with a box of popcorn or a hotdog, and watch a Hollywood movie in the cool of the night. Movies Under The Stars – the original outdoor cinema experience – is back at Pyramids at Wafi. This well-loved film night makes the best of the winter weather, with a free movie screened open air every Sunday in the Rooftop Gardens.
Scent Of A Woman (March 15), The Change-Up (March 22), This is 40 (March 29), She’s Out Of My League (April 5), The Terminal (April 12), Changeling (April 19), The Break-Up (April 26)
Rooftop Gardens, Wafi, Dubai, Sun 8.30pm, free. Tel: (04) 3244100 pyramidsrestaurantsatwafi.com
LA PLAYA LOUNGE
If you can’t drag yourself away from the beach this winter, then at least spend the evening at La Playa Lounge, grab some dinner at one of the many restaurants at The Beach Opposite JBR and then flop on the sofa with a shisha (and free popcorn!) on the beach for a movie.
Limitless (March 12), The Love Punch (March 16), Safe (March 30)
The Beach opposite JBR, 8pm and 10pm on specific date, Dhs50. Tel: (050) 4524558. laplayalounge.com
It’s art season in Dubai and with Art Dubai and Design Days almost upon us, art is very much at the forefront of all our thoughts. To reflect this, the Screenings Under The Stars schedule for this month at The Archive is showcasing artistic movies throughout March. Head to the the little oasis every Tuesday at 7pm to get your fill.
Pleasantville (March 10), Basquiat (March 17), Girl With A Pearl Earring (March 24)
The Archive, Safa Park, Tue, 7pm, free. Dubai. Tel: (04) 3494033. facebook.com/TheArchiveDubai