Looking for local caterers


The Deckchair Cinema is an outdoor cinema on Darwin’s Waterfront and is considered one of the NT’s most unique venues. The Cinema operates 7 nights a week from April to November, screening a diverse range of Australian, foreign, popular, classic and family friendly films. Each year the Deckchair Cinema attracts more the 40,000 patrons.

The Deckchair Cinema has been operating for more than 20 years. In 2004, we offered catering one night a week for the first time and as dinner at the Deckchair became more popular we provided these options more often and regularly. We have offered hot food options every night of the week during our season since 2009.

The Deckchair’s client base continues to demand nightly availability of various, high quality dinner options. Given the value of food provision to our patrons, and the potential attractiveness in becoming a food vendor at the Deckchair, we are keen to explore the level of interest from the prospective vendor market, particularly those who align with the Deckchair’s community engagement approach.

A seasonal catering contract with the Deckchair Cinema allows the successful applicant to sell hot food between 6.30pm (gates open) and 7.30pm (film start time) for two (2) nights each week at the Deckchair Cinema during our operating season from mid-April until mid-November.

Serving food at the Deckchair Cinema is a fantastic way to promote your catering business, as the Deckchair Cinema also offers all food vendors:

  • Onscreen advertising in the Deckchair Slideshow each evening before the film;
  • Opportunity to display signage, flyers and business cards for your restaurant / catering business nightly in your service area
  • Option of “in-kind” sponsorship of DIFF (providing finger food for Opening Night and/ or Sponsors’ Night cocktail parties in exchange for listing (with logo) in the DIFF program as a Supporter along with on-screen advertising during DIFF);
  • Notification to the Vendor if there is expected to be a large crowd at least 24 hours in advance where possible.

For more detailed information, please download the EOI Application form. To submit your EOI, please email the completed form to manager@deckchaircinema.com by 29 February 2016