Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Introducing Rooftop Movies


A pop-up Summer oasis in the heart of the Perth CBD

Perth cinema-lovers will soon have the opportunity to take movie viewing to new heights with the opening of Rooftop Movies in Northbridge on Wednesday 29 February.

With the inaugural Fringe World Festival drawn to a close on the weekend, organizers Artrage are perched to unleash this new project which will run until late April 2012.  A partnership between Artrage and City of Perth Parking sees Rooftop Movies located on the roof of the Roe Street Car Park in Northbridge.  Seven stories up, it will provide for panoramic views of the Perth city skyline and will comfortably seat 250 patrons screening films every night of the week.

“This is an exciting new cinema experience for Perth and, considering we have some of the best summer nights in Australia, it’s long overdue,” says Artrage director Marcus Canning.

“This rooftop is one of Perth’s best kept secrets. Artrage used this space ten years ago for a festival performance work and we’ve always wanted to set up the space for a cinema. We’ll be decking it out like a Summer oasis,” Canning says.

In keeping with the kitsch ambience of Fringe World’s Treasury Building on St George’s Terrace, the entire rooftop will be covered with faux lawn and scattered with palm trees. There will be a sea of black and white striped deck chairs and hundreds pink flamingos as well as a vintage caravan projection booth. The cinema screen itself will be attached to a double sea container.

“The Roe Street Car Park has pedestrian access straight off James Street at the Piazza and two elevators going straight up to the roof, one of which will be dedicated to Rooftop Movies audiences. It also has vehicle access straight off Roe Street so people can drive in, park their cars for the night, pop out for a bite to eat on James Street and take the elevator to the roof to catch a film,” Canning says.

The film program includes classic and cult movies, recent releases as well nightly pre and post screening entertainments, including ongoing weekly special events:

Bulmers Belly Laugh Wednesdays

Featuring live comedy pre and post feature film

Friday & Saturday Double Features

A specially programmed duo of films over the weekend nights

Stella Summer Classics

Featuring live Jazz pre and post feature film to screening a cinema classic.  All films screen one night only and a taste of the first months program includes: Casablanca, Dr Strangelove, The Big Lebowski, Sin City, Spirited Away and Revenge of the Nerds.

The partnership with City of Perth Parking allows patrons to combine the cost of parking and the cost of the movie into one ticket price.

Tickets are $10 (film only) or $18 including parking within the Roe Street complex.

Tickets for Friday & Saturday Double Features are $15 (film only) or $23 inclusive of parking.

Booking fees apply.

The pilot program kicks off with a special VIP Opening Night on Wednesday 29 February.

For more information on the program head to http://www.rooftopmovies.com.au.