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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Dive in to Maitland movie magic

Are you looking for some family-friendly fun in Maitland these school holidays?

If the answer is yes, then grab your swimmers and picnic blankets as tickets are now on sale for a range of outdoor cinema experiences in a suburb near you.

On Friday 8 January, the movie Wonder will screen at Max McMahon Oval in Rutherford; on Saturday 9 January, A&D Lawrence Oval in Thornton will fill with the familiar songs from the 2019 hit The Lion King; and the popular Inside Out will show at Roy Jordon Sports Complex in Gillieston Heights on Sunday 17 January.

Gates open at 6pm with movies set to start at 8pm.

All tickets are $5 each and include free popcorn, a sausage sizzle, entertainment and lawn games.

On Monday 25 January, family favourites of Australian film are heading to Morpeth Common with Aussie Cinema at The Common.

Red Dog and The Castle will screen on the night, with free popcorn, a sausage sizzle, music and lawn games included in the $5 ticket price.

Gates will open at 6pm with movies airing from 8pm.

To end the month of January, the cooling Dive in Cinema returns to the East Maitland Aquatic Centre.

On Thursday 28 January, the much-loved classic Free Willy hits the big screen; on Friday 29 January, sing along with Moana; and, on Saturday 30 January, just keep swimming with Finding Dory.

Gates will again open from 6pm, with free swim time for all ticket holders and lots of other fun activities including volleyball, lawn games, food, music and a pool obstacle course before the movie kicks off about 8pm.

In pool tickets are available for $10 and out of pool tickets for $5.

“It’s awesome to see outdoor cinemas visiting our suburbs and the return of the popular Dive in Cinemas,” Maitland City mayor Loretta Baker said.

“I can’t wait to get out to enjoy a movie and some popcorn with the community.”

A comprehensive COVID-19 Safety Plan will be in place for all council-coordinated events and activities.

Council will also continue to monitor and adhere to the advice from the federal and state governments, including any variation or modification to the public health orders.

The outdoor cinemas and Dive in Cinemas are an initiative of council’s Make it Maitland this Summer program.

For full details and to secure tickets, go to www.mymaitland.com.au/summer