E.O.I’s for catering at Deckchair Cinema 2020


We are open to expressions of interest from businesses interested in catering at Deckchair Cinema in 2020. We invite all interested restaurants, food vans and caterers to apply.

Download an information sheet and the Application Form here

Email completed applications to info@deckchaircinema.com before Jan 31st 2020.

About the Cinema

Deckchair Cinema is an outdoor cinema in a picturesque location on Darwin harbour in the Darwin’s central business district. The cinema is loved by locals and tourists alike; we are rated #1 of 23 Fun & Games in Darwin on TripAdvisor and have over 12,000 followers on Facebook. We open at 6 pm for the movie at 7.30 pm, giving our customers 1.5 hours to enjoy the cinema and eat food from our local caterers.

Days and Times

The cinema is open everyday of the week, everyday of the season from mid-April to mid-November. Most seasons we have had caterers commit to two days a week but in 2020 we are open to caterers who can only commit to one day a week if there are sufficient applications. The only thing we require is that caterers commit to a day or days for the duration of the season. Caterers arrive at the cinema on their nights between 5pm and 6pm and are ready to serve when the gates open at 6pm. Once the movie starts at 7.30pm the caterer leaves the cinema quietly through the entrance.

Types of food

Caterers generally bring food ready to serve from the Bain Maree, for example Hanumans bring trays of their delicious curries, hot and ready to go straight into the bain maree. Service must be quick to handle busy nights at the cinema. We require that one vegetarian and one gluten free option is provided each night.

On Call Caterers

We occasionally call in second caterers when the cinema is sold out, the second caterer takes the pressure off the main caterer and prevents the queues building up. The second caterer may be doing sweets or savory snacks like crepes, cakes, dumplings etc.

Equipment and Facilities

There is a spacious area to cater from at the cinema with stainless steel benches and a 5 bay bain maree.

Some numbers to consider

Average attendance to a catered screening – 197

Maximum capacity – 420

Lowest attendance this season – 36 customers

Sell out nights (420) this season – 35 nights

Maximum price per meal – $16

Get in touch

More questions or need help applying? Call us on 08 8941 4377 during business hours, email us at info@deckchaircinema.com or arrange to meet us in person at the cinema to discuss the catering opportunity.