3 February - 12 March, 2022


Gates open 5.30pm / gates close 8.00pm

Movie starts 8.15pm (pending sunset time)

Movies on the lawn to support Melbourne Zoo’s marine wildlife rescue.

You're invited to Zoo Summer Cinema, a new outdoor moviegoing experience in the lush surrounds of Melbourne Zoo. Classic favourites, cult hits, premiere events and new releases are projected against the night sky, all in aid of Melbourne Zoo's important marine wildlife rescue efforts. 

Spend a summer evening at the Zoo visiting the animals before you find a spot on the lawns, or upgrade to the exclusive Lawn Lounge or premium Gold Grass sections. Take in the sounds of local DJs before the main attraction, and pay a visit to the food precinct for dinner and a drink. 

Revisit films by your favourite directors and discover critically acclaimed picks, as the sun sets on another summer day at Melbourne Zoo. 

Zoo Summer Cinema is proudly presented by 3RRR. 

Movie program

Follow the movie titles below to book tickets.

Thursday 3 February
Wes Anderson's "love letter to journalists" pairs his signature style with plenty of heart and soul.
Friday 4 February
The place where Shakespeare and Sketchers collide. A high school reimagining of Taming of the Shrew.
Saturday 5 February
Join the Revolution. In his big screen debut, Prince's music comes to life on the nightclub stage.
Thursday 10 February
Joaquin Phoenix and his tiny co-star travel and transform together in the latest film by Mike Mills.
Friday 11 February
Valentine's Day, 1900. The girls from Appleyard College set off for a picnic. Some will never return
Saturday 12 February
Two teen stars both alike in popularity, in fair Verona Beach where Baz lays his era-defining scene.
Thursday 17 February
The newest time capsule of life in LA from the director of 'Boogie Nights', starring Alana Haim.
Friday 18 February
It's the hottest day of the year, and mercury isn't the only thing boiling over in Bed-Stuy.
Saturday 19 February
Captain Ripley is on the Nostromo, heading towards Earth.
Thursday 24 February
Questlove's directorial debut captures the power of song during the Summer of Soul.
Friday 25 February
Forty years since it first debuted, Ridley Scott's sci-fi magnum opus is as relevant as ever.
Saturday 26 February
Something to really ruffle your feathers: taking in a Hitchcock horror as the bats travel overhead.
Thursday 3 March
Bruce Lee's 1972 classic dubbed into Noongar language by director and co-translator Kylie Bracknell.
Friday 4 March
The beautiful and the doomed. The Lisbon sisters come to life in Sofia Coppola's beloved debut film.
Saturday 5 March
All work and no play makes Jack… well, you know the rest. Pack your bags and join us at The Overlook
Thursday 10 March
Want to see the action-packed love story of Buttercup and Westley on the big screen? As you wish.
Friday 11 March
David Byrne and his cast of players assemble, one by one, for the greatest concert film ever made.
Saturday 12 March
As the gates slowly open and the creatures come back to life, remember to stay behind the fence.

Ticket prices and types

General admission

Includes access to general admission viewing area and animal exhibits

$35 Non-member adult

$20 Non-member child

Members receive 10% off

Upgrade your tickets

Add one of the below upgrade packs for more premium viewing and other extras

Access Member discount

Not a Zoo Member yet? Become one today and receive 10% off your Zoo Summer Cinema tickets.

Zoo Summer Cinema supports Melbourne Zoo's Marine Response Unit and its work helping injured or distressed marine wildlife.

Every day this dedicated team responds to calls from members of the public who have found an animal needing help in Victoria’s waters or along our coastlines. From entangled seals needing a helping hand to injured water birds needing veterinary treatment before returning to the wild, the work of the Marine Response Unit is critical in ensuring the wildlife we share our planet with continue to thrive.

Please save the Marine Response Unit’s number to your phone so if you find a marine animal needing help this summer, you know who to call: 1300 245 MRU (1300 245 678).

Frequently Asked Questions

Getting here

Getting to Melbourne Zoo by public transport is the easiest, most convenient and eco-friendly way to go.

Travelling by public transport

By Tram

Route 58 between West Coburg and Toorak runs via William Street in the city centre every day, with services as often as every 6 minutes, stopping directly outside Melbourne Zoo at Stop 26. Make sure you travel safely on board.

By Train

Trains run from Flinders Street Station on the Upfield line every day, stopping at Royal Park Station - just across the road from Melbourne Zoo's rail gate entrance.

By Bus

Bus route 505 from Moonee Ponds to Melbourne University stops outside Melbourne Zoo.

Travelling by car

Melbourne Zoo is located only minutes north of the city centre at Royal Park. 

Car parking is $2 for a five hour ticket and is run by Melbourne City Council. To use a parking bay reserved for people with disabilities, ​you will need to display a valid parking permit for people with a disability. 

Don't forget to display your parking ticket on your dashboard, as the area is regularly monitored by parking officers. Alternatively, download the PayStay App in advance and pay for parking from your phone.

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we live and work, and pay our respects to Elders both past and present.

Thanks to our event sponsors