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Heck Yeah Deckchair!

Catching a flick on the big screen at Deckchair Cinema is a rite of passage for many a Territorian, and an absolute must on the itineraries of welcome visitors.

After lying dormant over the Wet, with deckchairs stacked away and no luminescent screens to be seen, the seaside site is set to come alive as the beloved cinema launches its 2023 season this month. Yay, indeed!

By Tierney Seccull

Kicking things off for opening night is a flick that Deckchair General Manager James Parker says is perfect to get the year underway.

“We’ve got Ennio the Maestro, a film about film and cinema, that looks at one of the greatest film composers of all time, the legendary Ennio Morricone – with over 500 credits to his name, he redefined music in film,” he says.

“As we’re screening a film about music and film, it made sense to have live musicians performing as well, so it’ll be a great big celebration for our 2023 opening night.”

After a bumper Wet season program, with films screened at BCC in Casuarina for Flix in the Wet, Parker and his trusty team are eager to get back on home turf. And, in very welcome news, there’s another flavourful favourite making a return.

“For many years, Hanuman was down at the cinema catering, and it was quite an iconic thing to have Hanuman down at Deckchair – they’re obviously a very high quality restaurant, very renowned. We’re very excited to have them back on Friday nights.”

The Deckie dishes up delicious local flavours alongside its exciting film program, reflected in the nightlycatering options featuring Nepalese, Vietnamese, African, Sri Lankan, Indonesian, and more flavours on the menu.

The tuck shop is packed with snacks from local suppliers, the bar stocked with chilled local beers, making a night at the Deckchair more than just a night at the flicks.

And if free and discounted flick tix are your jam, there’s no time like the present to capitalise on a full year of perks by becoming a member.

Launching into a new year at the Deckie brings with it a subtle hint that dry weather is on the horizon. And it also pretty well kicks off the social calendar. Parker says it’s a very exciting time in the Top End.

“We can’t wait – there’s nothing better than opening the cinema up again and seeing all of the happy faces enjoying the cinema!”

Deckchair Cinema Opening Night - Ennio the Maestro
COST $9-$39

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