The Galileo Open Air Cinema Brings a Brand New Film Experience to Durban

Launching in Durban this August, The Galileo Open Air Cinema takes entertainment to a new level with a diversity of all-time classic films enjoyed under the stars in a unique garden setting.

Durban, 22 July 2013 – Growing up with drive-ins, many South Africans are familiar to the concept of open air cinemas. The Galileo however will provide Durban with an entirely new film experience when it launches this August. Set against a backdrop of rolling hills and lush flora, this unique cinema is ideally positioned at Makaranga Botanical Garden in Kloof. Movie-goers of all ages will be able to enjoy a range of old block-buster films each week, with tantalising local delicacies available to purchase.

Open Air Cinema at Makaranga Botanical Garden

Founded by Huenu Solsona and Thomas Brauer, the concept for The Galileo was born from a love of film, along with the need for a different type of experience for film fans. The duo kicked off the concept in Cape Town in November 2012 and ran movies for the summer season at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens until April 2013. Co-founder Thomas Brauer says “We were both surprised by the huge popularity of the movies. Some shows sold out in just a few days! It was pretty much a box-smashing hit from the first show to the last.”

The duo’s success in Cape Town prompted them to expand to other areas of South Africa, and Durban, with its mild, drier winters, was next on the list.


“Where the Stars Shine”

The cinema is set to launch in Durban on 7 August at Makaranga in Kloof. Movies will start at 18h30 and entry to the movie area will open at 16h00, giving movie-goers ample time to get a bite to eat from a variety of delicious food on location.
Shows will run every Wednesday for the months of Augsut and September and movies include such classics as Pretty Woman, Top Gun and Love Actually. Tickets are available online through The Galileo’s website or directly through Webtickets and cost R70.

A Brand New Experience

What sets The Galileo aside from conventional cinemas (other than the chance to enjoy movies under a ceiling of stars) is that it is more than just a film, it is an experience. Ideal for a romantic date, a fun evening out with friends and family or the perfect way to relax during a busy week, every show promises a rewarding and social experience.
The Galileo co-founder Huenu Solsona believes that it is the social aspect that makes for a memorable evening.
Says Huenu,”The Galileo is much more than just movies. People come to socialise, catch up with friends, spoil a girlfriend or simply do something different. The social aspect is just as important as the movie itself and often people come as soon as doors open to enjoy as much time as possible mingling before the movie starts. Our experience of The Galileo in Cape Town has been incredibly positive and we are really excited to be able to bring the concept to Durban now.”
For locals and visitors alike, the launch of The Galileo Open Air Cinema is sure to provide the best way to wind off the day. For more information and ticket sales, visit or call 071 471 8728. Bookings are now open online.

About The Galileo Open Air Cinema:

The Galileo Open Air Cinema was founded by Huenu Solsona and Thomas Brauer in November 2012 to bring the concept of outdoor film enjoyment to South Africa. Hosted initially at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town, shows ran over the course of the 2012/2013 summer season. Winter 2013 will mark the first season in Durban and more locations and extended seasons are coming soon.
Huenu Solsona – Co-Founder

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