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October 12, 2015

Rocket Rooftop launches summer cinema

With a steady swing between nostalgia and new, Rocket Rooftop's freshly-launched cinema program promises a summer of sundays soaked in good food (cheese!), good drink (Aperol!), good film (Gosling!) and good company (byo).

  • Picture: Daniel Marks

It has been too long since you’ve watched White Men Can’t Jump – we guarantee.

Rocket Rooftop Cinema is redressing this glaring issue in your life with its summer program, which was announced today.


Rocket Rooftop Cinema happens every Sunday in the warmer months. 142 Hindley St, Adelaide SA 5000
Doors open at 6pm and screenings start when the sun goes down. See the full program below –

Nov 1 – Beetlejuice
Nov 8 – Birdman
Nov 15 – Silver Linings Playbook
Nov 22 – Risky Business
Nov 29 – King Of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
Dec 6 – White Men Can’t Jump
Dec 13 – Inglorious Bastards
Dec 20 – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Jan 10 – Drive
Jan 17 – Spring Breakers
Jan 24 – Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
Jan 31 – Mad Max: Fury Road

Covering off classics that will stir the early teen still lingering inside you like Beetlejuice and the aforementioned White Men Can’t Jump, the program also gives a nod to your adult life with more thoughtful and contemporary fare such as Drive. 

Program curator Matt Thomson says the selection has been made to match the atmosphere of a mid-summer rooftop.

“Aside from being great films, we knew we couldn’t be show anything that was too intense, the setting doesn’t really lend itself to showing slasher films,” he says.

“We just picked films we liked. Films like Risky Business, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and White Men Can’t Jump hold a special place in my heart and really do stand the test of time. Films like Birdman, Drive and even Spring Breakers are great films that I would watch for a second or third time, even though I fell asleep the first time I watched Birdman and had to re-watch on the plane.”

Equally important for having a good time on a rooftop in balmy temperatures (as if that were hard), is the things you consume. While Rooftop cinema has always been matched by the full selection of the regular bar, this year’s program comes with extra liquid incentive.

A partnership with Aperol means there will be plenty of spritzers being handed over, while craft brewers Young Henrys and winery Hither & Yon will be on hand to fill up even more glassware. Each Sunday evening will also see guest brewers and winemakers on hand to offer tastings and chats.

“We’re working with Aperol obviously as a major sponsor but also with a number of local and national winemakers and brewers,” says Matt.

“On the first Sunday of each month we’re going to have different winemakers and brewers take over the bar for part of the evening where punters will be able to hang out, taste some stuff and have a chat with the people behind these brands which is pretty cool, I think.”

Finally, and perhaps most enticingly, there will be free rum-buttered popcorn and CHEESE platters available to buy, because – as Matt says – “Cheese. It’s a pretty tasty affair”.

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