Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Galileo Open Air Theatre

Photo taken & edited myself

Last night, D and I went with a couple of his work colleagues/friends to watch The Shawshank Redemption at the Hillcrest 'branch' of the Galileo Theatre. I'm sure many of you have heard or been to the Galileo Theatre, but this was our first time, and seriously, it was so cool! Hillcrest itself has a little quarry on the farm which is basically an open piece of grass with a little dam and the theatre was situated on this piece of grass. 

Photo taken by The Galileo Theatre

Photo taken by the Galileo Theatre

Gates open from 6pm and we arrived at 7pm to find a spot to sit and to chill. You are allowed to take your own snacks and drinks, but not wine as Hillcrest is a wine farm. There were various food stalls and a wine bar for people to buy their own food and stuff but we opted for a picnic style. Chairs are also available to be rented at R20 a chair, and if you are meaning to go to any of the Galileo Cinemas, make sure you either take your own chair, or rent a chair as your bum WILL go numb. I found that my bum did go a bit numb, even though we rented their chairs. Their chairs are essentially a cushion with a backrest, which isn't terrible, but I would rather take my own chair next time. Especially if your chairs have better cushioning. 

Photo taken myself

Photo taken myself

Blankets are also a good idea as the air does cool down a bit, especially once the sun disappears. You do have the option of renting blankets as well, but I'm not too sure how hygienic that is....

I had never watched The Shawshank Redemption before (shock, horror, I know) and thoroughly enjoyed it!! You can find the schedule for the rest of the year and into 2015 here - Tuesdays are at Hillcrest, Wednesdays are at the Waterfront and Thursdays are at Kirstenbosch Gardens. You can also buy tickets online. They are also starting a winelands set which includes Lourensford, Warwick and a few others.

Photo taken myself

Photo taken myself

I will admit that the parking situation was a bit not thought out as we pretty much needed a 4x4 to drive through the parking lot - in fact, the car in front of us wheel spun really badly trying to get up the hill, that's how much sand, dust and stones were there. Also, there was only one way in and out which made it a bit congested. But other than that, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and really encourage everyone to go and experience it! :)

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