Spend a night under the stars at The Galileo Open Air Cinema

Treat yourself to a much-loved Capetonian cinematic experience with a visit to The Galileo Open Air Cinema! The Galileo is all about watching great movies in beautiful settings. Plus, you get to enjoy a delicious picnic-style evening under a blanket of stars! Now in operation for over 10 years, The Galileo has become a staple of the warmer seasons in the Mother City. As such, it is definitely something both locals and visitors to Cape Town should enjoy!

Dk villas has put together a quick guide to The Galileo Open Air Cinema to help you make the most of this magical movie experience.

The Galileo Open Air Cinema

What is The Galileo Open Air Cinema?

The Galileo is an open-air movie screening enjoyed outdoors. Viewers attend in the evening, set up picnic spots and watch a film on a large screen designed specifically for the outdoors. The first season launched 10 years ago and every year since, The Galileo has operated between October and April.

It combines the beauty of the outdoors with a big, outdoor screen set up and the excitement of an evening-time picnic. Featuring amazing venues, screening the best movies and serving delicious food - what’s not to love? Better yet, there are a variety of screenings suitable for all kinds of ages and the venues are wheelchair-friendly. The Galileo is a must for family fun, date nights, friend gatherings or even a solo film-fanatic experience!

This is a fantastic excursion to enjoy when in Cape Town because it combines two activities: movie magic and beautiful settings! The Galileo’s screenings take place at a variety of venues across Cape Town and the surrounds; including the Southern Suburbs and the Cape Winelands.

Evening at The Galileo Open Air Cinema

What to expect from an evening at The Galileo Open Air Cinema

An evening at The Galileo is sure to be filled with films, fun, food and fantastic scenery! Arrive early to secure a spot and enjoy the vibe as the sun sets. Once the sun says farewell, the movie can begin! Snuggle up at your picnic spot and get ready for movie entertainment.

The Galileo Picnic Experience

The Galileo Picnic is the classic outdoor movie experience we know and love. Set up your picnic spot in front of the big screen and enjoy snacks from home or from local artisanal food vendors. There are vegetarian and Halaal options and food stalls include 2 kitchens, Butlers Pizza, Sugar & Pop and Lion Coffee.

The Galileo Picnic Experience

Be sure to get there early to secure a great spot. Fill up on food from the local vendor or set up your picnic with treats from home and enjoy the lawn games and vibey atmosphere while you wait for the movie to begin.

*Please note no alcohol is allowed to be brought into venues hosted on wine estates however there are bars available on site at wine estates. You may bring your own food and beverages to all venues other than Blaauwklippen Wine Estate and Plaisir Wine Estate. These two venues have excellent markets on site. Cash is preferred but there will be card facilities on site.

The Galileo Royale Experience

Feel like royalty for the evening! On the first Wednesday of every month, you can book tickets to The Galileo Royale. Look forward to an outdoor movie experience at exclusive Cape Town venues. You’ll get a welcome drink, canapé, popcorn and even a gift upon arrival! Top it off with live music before the film and it's sure to be an unforgettable evening! While no food or beverages may be brought into Royale venues, the restaurant at the venue will have a selection of meals and drinks available.

What about tickets?

There are several options for tickets ranging from R109 - R195. Pick which suits you best!
A Standard picnic ticket costs R109 per person and includes entry. A Comfy ticket costs R125 and includes entry and a backrest. A Warm & Comfy ticket costs R130 and includes entry, a backrest and a blanket. A VIP ticket costs R195 and includes entry, a backrest, a blanket, a drink, chocolate and popcorn. Purchase online via Webtickets.

Galileo Royale tickets cost R290 per person and include a live music performance, the movie, backrest, a blanket, a welcome drink, an appetizer and popcorn.

Doors open at either 5pm or 6pm depending on the location and the movie starts when the sun sets. Please note screenings are weather dependent.

Galileo screenings

Which venues host Galileo screenings?

Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville, Kirstenbosch Garden, Battery Park at the V&A Waterfront, Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West, L’Avenir Stellenbosch and more!

Be sure to check The Galileo listings for dates and venues.

Beautiful Venues

What are the upcoming movies?

Throughout the year, there is an exciting and varied line-up. It includes new blockbusters, captivating dramas, family-friendly movies, rom-coms, classic films and more. There are even specially selected films for special times of the year like Halloween and Christmas! (Read more on these special screenings below).

While The Galileo is currently heading into the last month of the current season, there are still a bunch of great movies to watch! Here are a few great films coming up:

  • Mamma Mia - Saturday 2 April Plaisir Wine Estate, Franschhoek
  • Nomadland - Sunday 2 April, Kirstenbosch Garden
  • Bohemian Rhapsody - Saturday 9 April, L’Avenir Wine Estate
  • Dirty Dancing - Thursday 14 April Kirstenbosch Garden
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show - Friday 15 April Battery Park, V&A Waterfront

Take a look at the full list of movies on The Galileo website.

Special screenings and events at The Galileo Open Air Cinema:

The Galileo offers special tickets and events for Valentine's Day, Easter, Halloween, Christmas and Boxing Day. Make a real evening of it and celebrate these events in style at The Galileo. Keep an eye on their website and social media channels for updates on special screenings.

Coming up over Easter, why not take the family to enjoy an Easter Screening of Peter Rabbit 2 at Meerendal Wine Estate on Sunday 17 April?

Celebrating a birthday? The Galileo is the place to be! Enjoy free entry during the week of your birthday when you arrive at the door with your ID. Find more information about birthday screenings on The Galileo website.

Galileo offers special tickets

Enjoy a bit of movie magic in the Mother City! Find a movie you’d love to watch - maybe a classic golden oldie or something you’ve never seen before! Grab your loved one or a few friends and look forward to a great, unique night out at The Galileo Open Air Cinema!

All images courtesy of The Galileo Open Air Cinema, taken by Troy Davies @Retroyspective