We attended the first Galileo Open Air Cinema screening with a relaxed atmosphere, good food, great service and an absolutely outstanding launch to season 7.

It was a full-house on opening night at Kirstenbosch, with an excellent vibe and great people. When the crowd pulled in, there was barely a spot of lawn left visible once everyone was seated.

The vendors were booming, with people still queuing right until the start of the movie.

The addition of grande coffees this season are a plus for the coffeeholics and the Stellenbosch Brewing Company will be supplying cold ones for all the beer drinkers. Thai chicken and coconut samoosas were an interesting and creative twist on the usual varieties, a must try for anyone wanting to break out of the proverbial “samoosa mould”.

New rotating Southern Suburbs venues gives easy access for week day screenings, and the longer, leisurely drives to the wine estates are left to weekends

A dance demo that tied in with the movie, Dirty Dancing was an added bonus for the audience’ pleasure.

What to expect this season:


Gone from every second Saturday to EVERY Saturday at different wine estates across the Cape Winelands.

Now running from Wednesday to Saturday, and December holiday Sundays.


Thursdays are no longer a fixed venue, but are all brand new rotating venues, rotating between Willowbridge Mall (Bellville), Kenilworth Racecourse (Kenilworth), Glenellen Farm (Hout Bay) and Rustenburg Girls’ High School (Rondebosch).

Fridays have always been rotating venues, but Galileo added the new Battery Park at the V&A Waterfront to Fridays, so these now rotate between Battery Park (V&A Waterfront), Central Park (Century City) and Meerendal Wine Estate (Durbanville)

New Saturday venues: Leopard’s Leap Wine Estate, Stellenbosch Vineyards, Marlenique Estate, Simonsvlei Winery, Vredenheim Wine Estate, Under Oaks Wine Estate, La Paris Estate, Kleinevalleij Estate, Huguenot Monument, De Meye Wine Estate, Skilpadvlei Wine Estate & Hoogeind Manor


The Galileo kept the classics and the most-requested films and tried to cater for all genres but they have also added a lot of newer titles to the schedule this season, such as The Greatest Showman, Peter Rabbit, Mamma Mia Here We Go Again, Black Panther, Lady Bird, Beauty And The Beast, Ferdinand, A Quiet Place, Ready Player One, Downsizing, Get Out, Three Identical Strangers and Wonder Woman.


Expect to find Butler’s Pizza, 2Kitchens and The Mexican Nacho. Mediterranean Gourmet Samoosas will be attending selected shows when an additional vendor is needed.

Stellenbosch Brewing Co. will be doing the bar, serving beers, ciders and wines (unfortunately, they will miss the first week or two of screenings) and hot beverages by Lion Coffee.

Sugar & Pop sell popcorn, chocolates, sweets, candy floss, crisps and toffee apples.


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