The Galileo Returns… with a Twist!

The team behind Cape Town’s pioneer outdoor cinema, The Galileo Open Air Cinema, is back for another sensational summer of movie magic under a canopy of stars. As always, they have reinvented and reimagined their cinematic offering to entertain the Mother City.

Presenting three dazzling concepts for their ninth consecutive season, namely The Galileo Royale, The Galileo Picnic and The Galileo Drive In, there sure is something for everyone to enjoy and gravitate towards.

Tabassum was there to experience this seasons launch of the Galileo Picnic Experience. Read about her experience…

I was fortunate enough to attend the Media launch of the Galileo Open air cinema picnic as their team is back with another season of Summer magic under the stars. It was meant to happen a week prior but got cancelled due to rain. It’s one of those things that’s really unpredictable about anything being open air really.

The media launch got me 2 warm and comfy tickets which included backrests and blankets and as we arrived popcorn and coke too.

We enjoyed live performances, games to play such as Checkers and Jenga, and a welcome speech by one of the founders.

Galileo has now launched two new additions to their screening options.

The Galileo Picnic: The classic. It needed an official name now that there are more options. “A local artisanal market, giant lawn games and social picnic before the start of the movie at sunset. Friends and families come together on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at the magnificent Kirstenbosch Gardens and various wine estates across the Cape Winelands for a magical evening of blockbuster movies, delectable food and beautiful memories.”

The Galileo Drive In: Reverse into your spot, bring lots of blankets and pillows and cuddles. “This will form part of The Galileo’s schedule every Friday, as the need for a covid-friendly option has been appreciated by movie-goers across the Cape. With a range of family-friendly favourites lined-up, you can park backwards and cuddle up with your loved ones and pillows and blankets in the boot. Pre-order a selection of goodies with your tickets or bring along your favourite snacks for a nostalgic night out.”

The Galileo Royale: Most excited to try this one. This includes live entertainment, welcome drink, and appetiser. The more VIP experience. “This is their brand-new spin-off to the popular Galileo screenings taking place every Wednesday. Lap up the luxury and the royal treatment with a one hour live music performance, movie, backrest, blanket, welcome drink, appetiser and popcorn – all included in your ticket price. This unique affair will only cater for a limited number of couples and movie-goers so pre-booking is essential.

Was quite happy that the Covid precautions were taken. People were asked to maintain social distancing when setting out their blankets. Sanitisers were placed throughout the venue.

Although it was a scorcher of a day, it does get quite chilly in the evenings so I do recommend taking blankets with and packing a lekker picnic basket.
Food and coffee sales are available at the venues.

To view the movie schedule, venues and to book your tickets, please visit www.thegalileo.co.za.

Ticket prices

The Galileo Royale: R290p/p (includes entry, movie, backrest, blanket, welcome drink, appetiser & small popcorn)
The Galileo Picnic: R109 – R130 depending on your ticket selection
The Galileo Drive In: From R250 for two people


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