We all grow tired of everything, even good things. On holiday, the standard evening at a restaurant may become a bit boring if it becomes an everyday occurrence.

What about a movie?

Going to the cinema is always a good way to boost daily life and if the night out is made even more special with a picnic under the stars, you can live an excellent moment which could become one of the best memories of your holiday.

In South Africa, outdoor cinema became popular after the time of drive-in’s. Galileo, one of the flagship projects, offers cinema projections in the Western Cape from November to April in unusual places such as Kirstenbosch botanical gardens, the V&A Waterfront and The Hillcrest Quarry in Durbanville. The repertoire of eclectic movies range from Star Wars to Pretty Woman, and also movies like Brian’s Life, The Truman Show and Mission Impossible. These evenings are not limited just to watching a good movie in the open air; you’ll have the option to buy snacks or a picnic basket and to hire comfortable chairs and blankets for total comfort.

These kinds of initiatives are growing in many South African cities. In Johannesburg, the independant cinema Bioscope (see paragraph below) organises regular showings on rooftops and spaces of « The Maboneng Precinct ». In Cape Town, the « Pink Flamingo », spreads its screen on the rooftop of the Grand Daddy Hotel among the airstream trailer bedrooms and welcome you with blankets, hot water bottles as well as a hot beverage in winter. In Pretoria, The Molo Molo Cinema Club also organises an outdoor showing each 2nd wednesday of the month.

If you do not enjoy the breeze, or are simply a big fan of the cinema, we invite you to discover The Labia Theatre, a former ballroom of the Italian ambassy which was converted into a theatre by Princess Labia in 1949 for the staging of live performances, and which became a cinema in the 70’s. This place, steeped in history, offers a large range of independant films, foreign movies and retrospectives that offer a change from the usual blockbusters you may watch elsewhere. Its bar/restaurant invites one to prolong the moment by enjoying a glass of wine or beer, or grabbing a bite before or after the film.

In the same spirit, but in a more contemporary way, The Bioscope in Johannesburg is a very dynamic and vital centre of artistic life. If you want to stimulate your senses or stand in the heart of Joburg intellectual life, plan a night out to the Bioscope.

Article écrit pour le blog XO Africa – 2014-2015