A NEW season of outdoor cinema will begin Thursday at Murdoch University.
The season will run over a number of months in the leafy surrounds of Lower Bush Court at Murdoch’s Perth Campus and feature a mix of critically-acclaimed and family-orientated movies including Captain Underpants, Thor: Ragnarok, Blade Runner 2049, Dunkirk and Suburbicon.
Held in collaboration with Telethon Community Cinemas, volunteers sell popcorn and collect tickets, allowing all profits to be donated to children’s charities.
Organiser Ken Gibbons said more than $8 million had been raised over the 16-year history of the community cinemas, which also runs similar setups in Burswood, Bassendean and Mandurah.
“Last year alone we raised more than $816,000 and we were recently very proud to be able to present a cheque to Telethon for $614,000,” he said.
“The remainder went to a wide range of organisations that are dedicated to helping children, such as Youth Futures and Make-A-Wish WA.
“We have been delighted to see the seasons at Murdoch growing in popularity since beginning in 2014, and last year’s attendance figures were up by 40 per cent on the previous year.
“Clearly, open air cinema at Murdoch has become a staple of the summer for the local community.”
Murdoch Events manager Glenn Hamilton said the cinema seasons had opened up the campus to the local community.
“We are proud to share our spectacular campus with our neighbours, and the seasons have ensured our wonderful open spaces are being utilised and enjoyed,” he said.
Visit www.communitycinemas.com.au for information.