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Deckchair Cinema isn’t just OTL’s fave big screen in the Top End – it turns out more people than ever are settling in under the stars at the iconic outdoor cinema. This year, a record number of film lovers flocked to the Deckie for a flick.

General Manager James Parker says almost 50,000 movie fans have kicked back on a deckchair during the 2019 season.

“It’s been a fantastic year for the cinema – we’ve had more people through the door than any year in history. I don’t think we’re doing anything different, but we’re better at getting the word out there,” he says.

This means good news for 2020, with a few secret squirrel – and not so secret squirrel – projects in the pipeline.

“A big year feels fantastic. Having success this year means we can do more for our customers and members, and we can re-invest in the cinema, and the film and screen culture in Darwin,” Parker says.

“We have lot of projects that we’re working on, so hopefully we can deliver some of those. At some point, we’d like to move on to a new projector – the technology has moved forward a lot and we’d like a laser projector. It has a lot of environmental benefits, and benefits in terms of the picture on the screen.”

But before you get too excited for 2020, there’s a full season of exciting films on for Flix in the Wet, Darwin Film Society’s program at BCC Cinema Casuarina while the tropical monsoon drenches the outdoor cinema.

“It’s a really great program this year, we’re really happy to have a great mix of films. We’ve got our first family film for quite some time. It’s always tricky [for families] because the Deckchair is open at night, so it’s great to have A Boy Called Sailboat on for Flix. It’s a fantastic, quirky arthouse film that the kids will love!”

So grab some popcorn, round up the kids, and get down to Flix in the Wet before screenings sell out. Because they will!

Flix in the Wet
SUN 19 JAN - SUN 22 MAR, 3.30PM & 5.30PM | EVENT CINEMAS, CASUARINA | $16, $12 CONC, $10 MEMB, $35 FAM

Header and thumbnail photo: Melanie McMurdie

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