‘An unforgettable, amazingly organized movie night under the stars. Definitely the best date night I have had in years… The Galileo Open Air Cinema has to be on your To Do list in Cape Town this summer! Looking at the program I love that they offer such a wide variety of movies.’
I was invited to attend the Galileo Open Air Cinema‘s Launch on Wednesday, it was my first time ever attending and I was completely blown away!
Being a hopeless romantic, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity for hubby and me to finally get our date night… and what a magnificent date night it was. Being 32 weeks pregnant I was a little bit worried about camping out on the grass all night, but you can rent these surprisingly comfortable backrests – getting up was a different story though.
Wow… where to start.
The whole event was so well organized, the vibe was absolutely amazing. There were so many people, but it did not feel overcrowded at all. We arrived early and took advantage of all the amazing food and drink vendors before the queues started. Cole had the beefy Argentinian sandwich (what a surprise) and I had a MASSIVE plate of the best Nacho’s in Cape Town and we finished it off with freshly made hot popcorn. Cole obviously went craft beer crazy, but there are also normal soft drinks, wine and delicious fresh smoothies for sale. Other yummy food options are straight-out-the-oven pizza, cheese and cold meat platters, Mexican chicken salads, chili poppers and Argentinian delicacies.
We sat there eating our delicious food while watching the sun set over Kirstenbosch Gardens and were treated with a Burlesque performance before the movie started. That night we watched Moulin Rouge under the stars, tucked away in our cozy blankets, surrounded by the most beautiful city in the world. It felt so nostalgic, it reminded me of when my parents used to take us to the drive-in when we were young (remember those?). You know you sometimes get that overwhelming feeling of content? When everything in the world is just right and you realize what a beautiful life you have and how grateful you should truly be? When all your troubles melt way and it seems impossible for anything to go wrong? This was one of those nights.
The Galileo Open Air Cinema should definitely be on your to do list this summer, I know that I will definitely be back… there are so many movies I want to watch including Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Napoleon Dynamite, Top Gun, Home Alone, Grease, Back To The Future I, Eat Pray Love, The Notebook, Casablanca, Zoolander, Titanic and Gone With The Wind!
For the full movie program – click here
Open from now until April 2015, The Galileo can be found at three exciting venues:
Hillcrest Quarry in Durbanville – Tuesdays
Kirstenbosch Gardens – Wednesdays
The V&A Waterfront in town – Thursdays
A few additional special events have been introduced this year, including a Valentine’s evening on 14 February at Groot Constantia and six Saturday shows in the Stellenbosch and Somerset West wine region.
Doors open at 6pm sharp and the movie starts as soon as it is dark (between 7.30 and 8.15pm).
Warm: R79 (plus blanket)
Comfy: R88 (plus backrest)
Warm & comfy: R95 (plus blanket and backrest)
- Get there early, the queues at the food stalls get insane
- Hire the backrests, trust me…
- Bring some cushions to sit on
- Bring or hire an extra blanket – it can get quite chilly. We each had our own blanket, one to sit on and an extra one to cover both of us!
- Definitely bring along a nice warm jacket. I know summer is here, but it still gets quite chilly at night!
- Food prices range from about R50 – R90 and Popcorn R10 for a small and R20 for a large. Craft beers, wine, smoothies and regular soft drinks are available for sale. You can also pack your own picnic basket.