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Nepal’s Best Kept Secret: Movie Garden, Pokhara

September 18, 2016
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Pokhara, Nepal is known for many things – paragliding, trekking, its beautiful lake, the friendly Nepalese people that inhabit the little city and, as we recently found out, one of the loveliest little outdoor cinemas in the world; the Movie Garden.

The Movie Garden, Pokhara – The Most Affordable Outdoor Cinema Around!

For 365 Nepalese rupees each (approximately USD3.40 – a very reasonable price) you’ll get a ticket to the movie of the night, a comfy seat, freshly popped popcorn (a movie-going essential!) and the use of blankets and cushions to help you get comfy.  Pizza and a variety of drinks are also available for purchase should you choose and if you want to stay on, happy hour extends after the movie.

Movie Garden Pokhara nepal popcorn snacks

Uniquely Pokhara: Preparing For Your Movie Garden Night Out

The garden opens at 6pm, with the movie starting at 7.30 and it’s suggested you arrive any time from 6pm till 7pm to ensure you get a good seat.  If you expect the movie to be particularly popular or it’s raining and you want to ensure a seat undercover, head along earlier rather than later and enjoy soaking up the atmosphere before the movie starts.

The night we visited Movie Garden, Pokhara, the movie was Cinema Paradiso, an Italian drama from 1988.  It wasn’t a movie that my friend of I would have ever chosen to watch ourselves (and truthfully, would probably have kept flicking past it had it clicked over on the television) but it was fantastic!

Whatever the weather in Pokhara, Movie Garden is open.  The night we were there it was pouring with rain and lightning was going off all over the place – the following picture was actually taken in the pitch black of night but the storm lit up the lake.  It’s pretty magic sitting under cover whilst the outdoor cinema does its thing.

Movie Garden Pokhara nepal lake view rain

Each night a different movie is shown, so if you’re spending a few nights in town, it’s definitely worth checking out what’s on offer each night and planning accordingly.

Also, in support of the local community, each Saturday night is ‘kids movie’ night where children are allowed in free.  Dan, the owner of Movie Garden suggested anyone working with local kids (or who had their own) can bring them along to enjoy a night out which is such a lovely idea.

If you find yourself in Pokhara, Nepal, be sure to allow yourself a night or two to pop along to Movie Garden – it’s a fantastic and unique night out in this lovely wee town.

You’ll find Movie Garden on Facebook (where they post the weekly movie schedule) and TripAdvisor.


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3 Comments

  • Reply runawaybrit September 24, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    This is so cute. I think I saw this place when we were in Pokhara last year, but we didn’t go in. It looks lovely, reading your post I feel like I missed out. Also, Cinema Paradiso is an AMAZING film – the stolen kisses montage at the end is pretty much the only time I have ever welled up at a movie!

  • Reply Yamuna September 26, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Oh wow, that sounds like such a wonderful experience and right up my alley too! I love the cosy atmosphere 🙂

  • Reply Why Pokhara is worth your time – Dérive April 21, 2018 at 1:57 am

    […] Looking back it’s actually one of our favourite towns. The cafes are great, the food options are fresh and varied, it’s easy to navigate, you can walk along the lake, we loved our accomodation and there’s even an outdoor cinema known as the Movie Garden. […]

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