Outdoor cinema returns to Murdoch University

October 6, 2015

Murdoch student Eliza Vlasich Murdoch University will host the latest summer releases and family favourites once more as the McDonald’s Community Cinemas returns to campus from December 3.

Film lovers will be able to see the first six weeks of the movie program on the McDonald’s Community Cinemas website from late October and a special highlight will be a School of Arts film night on Thursday, December 10, giving Murdoch students the chance to screen their productions on the big screen.

McDonald’s Community Cinemas’ screenings are run entirely by a team of over 700 volunteers.

Event Coordinator, Ken Gibbons, said: “We are unique among the outdoor cinemas in Perth in that all profits from the season are proudly donated to charities dedicated to improving the quality of life for children living with a health or physical ability crisis.

“Since we began 14 years ago, we have raised more than $6 million for these charities.”

Many Murdoch students, staff and alumni volunteer at the screenings, selling and checking tickets, handing out beanbags and serving at the candy counter and bar. Coordinating their efforts this year will be Murdoch Tourism and Events Management final year student Eliza Vlasich.

Ms Vlasich, 20, was offered the opportunity to become the Volunteer Coordinator for this year’s season after volunteering regularly for Murdoch’s Events and Sponsorships team at a number of high profile events.

“I first started volunteering at the Southbound Festival, which is sponsored by Murdoch, and helped out at the pop up op shop we were running there,” said Ms Vlasich, who will also be helping the Events and Sponsorships team with other projects throughout the summer.

“Since then I’ve kept coming back for more volunteering opportunities with the Events team because events management and PR is the industry I’d like to work in. I realise you need to gain as much valuable experience as possible in such a competitive jobs market.

“When Murdoch University approached me with the offer of working with the team on the Community Cinemas project, I jumped at the opportunity.

“Not only will I be doing something I love but I’ll be gaining industry experience before I graduate which will be invaluable.”

Ms Vlasich will be working to coordinate four volunteers for every screening. She said she was looking forward to catching the romantic comedies and chick flicks screening during the season.

This is the second year running McDonald’s Community Cinemas have come to the South Street Campus and the big screen will be situated in Lower Bush Court. The season will run until Saturday, April 9.

Glenn Hamilton, Murdoch’s Events and Sponsorships Manager, said the partnership enabled the University to support the community.

“It’s wonderful to be able to activate our campus for the local community as well as our staff, students and alumni,” he said.

“With our spectacular gum trees and native vegetation all adding to the ambience, Murdoch is the perfect setting for a magical night watching movies.”

Bean bag lounge hire will be available at the screenings and a range of hot food and drinks can be purchased at great prices both online or at the fully licensed venue.  No BYO alcohol is permitted.

Plentiful free parking is located next to the cinema site. Keep checking the McDonald’s Community Cinemas website here for full details of the screenings.

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