Sunshine Coast Stadium and Open Air Movie Night's Bring The Lion King to the green!

The big screen just got bigger with a supersized Open Air Movie Night happening on October 7 at the Sunshine Coast Stadium, bringing an all time, animated favourite to Open Air Movie Night's biggest screen to date – The Lion King! Bring the family and friends for an evening under the stars, munch on some organic popcorn or stuff yourself silly with some of the delicious street food vendors. There's bound to be something for everyone to turn your average Saturday night movie into a memory to remember.Sunshine Coast Stadium caught up with Joel Clement to get the scoop on all the details. Hakuna Matata!

How did Open Air Movie Nights all begin?
 AFA.TOURS was developed as a side-project by Joel Clement & Roxy Karas . Combining all of our passions in the health & fitness industry (Joel), interior design (Roxy) & love of outdoor adventures, lifestyle and live entertainment. We began the business offering Luxury Adventure Holidays and Glamping Packages throughout some of Australia’s most beautiful locations! But then, someone came up with the idea of “Open Air Movie Nights”… Hint – it was Roxy!

Why did you feel this should be made available to the Sunshine Coast and what is your vision moving forward?

The pop-up cinema / Open Air Movie Night concept was born from a desire to see this type of event happening on beaches, in resorts, hidden nooks & rooftops across the coast. We knew they were happening occasionally, but the standard movie, BYO blankets and big screen wasn’t enough to satisfy our idea. We wanted to capture the “festival vibe” with live music. The traditional cinema feel with the novelty, bright red popcorn machine (and the organic/Aussie ingredients supplied by Source Bulk Foods of course). Boutique/comfortable seating. Ambient lighting and themed decorations.  

All the elements we could include to boost the experience for our guests came together in our first season (March 2016-June 2017) and to our surprise, it took off magnificently!!

This season we have upgraded our Big Screen size to over 10 metres wide(!) to cater for larger scaled events (such as the SC Stadium with potential to host over 1,000 guests!). There’s also some really cool Brewery events lined up to capture the Sunshine Coasts remarkable “Craft Beer” artisans… These are going to be a treat!!

We see the natural progression as an ongoing process that will happen organically off the back of our guest’s ideas / feedback, our creative inspiration / light-bulb moments and the learning curve that all businesses experience over the course of time. Of course, we would like to see big events like this (The Sunshine Coast Stadium event on October 7th) become a regular occurrence in the events calendar and a familiar past-time practice of all outdoor-evening-entertainment-enthusiasts across the gorgeous place we call home. The Sunshine Coast!

Aside from our all-time favourite animation, The Lion King on the big screen, what else we expect to see on October 7?
At all events you should expect a variety of the above mentioned ingredients:
  • Live entertainment
  • Street Food & Organic Popcorn
  • Some licensed events, some Family Friendly
  • Feature Films
  • Locally produced films
  • Prize giveaways
  • Plus the occasional random pop-up thrown in for good measure when we get the urge. From stand-up comedy, Drive-In Cinemas, rooftop appearances and collaborations with local businesses throughout the year.
Basically, you want to be there because each of these events are 1-of-a-kind and can’t be replicated… We are crazy like that ;-)  

Why are you excited to drop into SC Stadium?

Not only is this our largest event to date, but it also signifies our 1st event for our 2nd season. This is a momentous occasion for Open Air Movie Nights. A way to say thank you to all of our supporters and a celebration of the fact that our first season was soooo much fun and proved to be a success! We have been eyeing this venue off for over 12 months and are very excited to finally see it happen! 

BOOK YOUR SEATS TODAY to nab your spot on the green! 

Tickets range from $8.50-$20.00, to view ticket inclusions click, HERE!

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