About Deckchair Cinema

General Information

Deckchair Cinema, operated by the Darwin Film Society, is a unique outdoor cinema experience. We are fully independent and screens films that are often unavailable to local audiences.

Our outdoor setting, on the edge of Darwin Harbour is stunning: watch the sunset over the sea and enjoy the tropical garden setting with a meal and a drink before the your movie starts.

Deckchair Cinema runs seven nights a week during the dry season screening a range of movies that include family favourites, Australian and foreign films. Our licensed kiosk sells wine, beer, soft drinks and snacks as well as a range of Deckchair merchandise. Hot food is available on site every night. You are welcome to bring your own picnic, but strictly NO BYO alcohol. The box office and kiosk open at 6.00pm every night allowing plenty of time to enjoy the atmosphere. Deckchair Cinema is a non-smoking venue.
The ambience is very laid back and relaxed. There are 250 deckchairs as well as about 150 straight-backed seats. We do supply some cushions, but recommend that people bring their own for extra comfort. During the months we operate the Deckchair Cinema (April to November) skies are usually cloud-free and the stars make a great backdrop for the screen. On the odd occasion that it does rain – we will still show the programmed film (unless its pouring).


Deckchair Cinema is located on Jervois Rd, accessible by road from the end of Kitchener Drive in the Darwin Waterfront precinct. Parking at the Deckchair is free after 5pm. There are two disabled parking spaces and bicycle racks are available on-site.
The Cinema is accessible via the stairs of the Damoe Ra Walkway from the Esplanade. This path is well lit before and after each screening.  Extra parking is available at the top of the stairs.
Please note, on busy nights the capacity of the Deckchair car park may be exceeded. We encourage you to use the Esplanade car park or park at Darwin Waterfront. There is a free shuttle that runs from Darwin Waterfront to Deckchair Cinema.
Darwin Waterfront rangers patrol the Deckchair car park at night. Fines may be issued if cars are not parked in marked spaces, such as on the verge.

Contact us

Please get in touch if you have any questions. During the wet season the Deckchair Cinema office is attended part time, we'll do our best to get back to you as soon as possible, but there may be a short delay.
• Phone | 0889414377
• Email | info@deckchaircinema.com
• Facebook | deckchaircinema
• Postal address | Deckchair Cinema, GPO Box 3008, Darwin, NT 0801