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Cinema Under the Stars has wrapped
for the 2017-2018 season.

Whether it was the first or 11th time, people loved this season’s cinema.

Tuesday, 27 February, 2018.

More than 30,000 people attended the outdoor cinema events we held across regional NSW this season. New to this year’s list of locations was the picturesque Port Stephens peninsular; making it the biggest season yet with a record 17 events! 

At our Newcastle event this year we asked some attendees to tell us why they loved Cinema Under the Stars.

Cinema events were held around regional NSW at Ballina, Lismore, Orange, Port Macquarie, Forster, Dubbo, Mudgee, Singleton, Nelson Bay, Newcastle, Maitland, Central Coast, Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Tamworth, Armidale, finishing up in Taree.  

Hosting outdoor cinema doesn’t come without its challenges. Tamworth punters experienced some extreme heat, while torrential rain fell in Coffs Harbour, and hazardous winds blew through Nelson Bay. Nevertheless, we turned up with free popcorn, plenty of water and ponchos.

The three blockbuster animations; Sing, The Secret Life of Pets and Moana proved to be crowd pleasers. 

Emily, who attended our Newcastle event, said she had been to Cinema Under the Stars several times.

"It's free, it's a fun atmosphere, and the movies are always great," she said.

Moana on screen at a Cinema Under the Stars
Moana on screen at a Cinema Under the Stars.

So I'm Emily, and I live at Honeysuckle.

It's really good, it's free, it's a great atmosphere and the movies are always good.

Yeah, my name is Sevetti, this is Ruben and this is Sophia. We're from Maitland and we're really excited to be here tonight.

No, actually this is our first Cinema Under the Stars. So yeah, the kids are really excited about that. It's school holidays and something really nice for us to do as a family. It's a good place to bring kids.


It's a really good night out for them. No, this is actually our first first time. He's been talking about it and he seen it on Facebook and he loves that movie, Sing! And I thought it'd be  something good for him to come and enjoy. Well, he's covered in fairy floss, so I'm pretty sure he's loving it, hey.

Barry Harragon, from Edgeworth. [INTERVIEWER and have you been to a Cinema Under the Stars before, Barry] Only 11 times. [INTERVIEWER you're the gent who's been 11 times] I'm the fella that's been . . . my wife's usually here. But she's sick. So I've come just to keep it up, to keep it going. It's a night out instead of sitting, watching TV, that's what it's all about.

So my name is Jacqui Levy, and I run Circus in Education. And we've had a great response from the kids and the communities, in all the different locations. And it's really about interacting with the communities and it's about young people and old people, babies, grandparents, parents all interacting together and having fun outdoors.

At each event a movie character (in costume) from each film made an appearance to hand out high fives and take photos with kids. 

Children also enjoyed the pre-movie entertainment including Circus in Education workshops and small-sided football. Adults sat back, relaxed and enjoyed the talented musicians who warmed the crowd. 

Touring musician Joe Mungovan joined us for the second-half of the season, and local artists Nick Filis, The Wild Oats, Bad Pony, Tullara Conners, Loren Ryan, Scotty Troutman and Jake Davey played at various events.

We were thrilled to have our community partners from Surf Life Saving, Northern NSW Football and Central Coast Mariners involved. Volunteers from our partners cooked barbecues for attendees and organised football games and activities. We value these partnerships and are so appreciative of our partners’ ongoing support.

A huge thank you to our wonderful, hardworking local teams who made Cinema Under the Stars possible. And thank you to our event managers from Be Productions who worked behind the scenes to bring the production to life. 

Cinema Under the Stars is just one of the ways we give back to the communities that support us. Newcastle Permanent invests over $2 million dollars in community initiatives and we are ecstatic that the event has now completed its 11th season.

Keep an eye out here on our website or on our Facebook page for next season’s dates, locations and movies. 

We look forward to seeing you again soon! 

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