DIVE-IN Cinemas will become an annual event on the city's calendar after the pilot program made a successful splash.
Over the month of January, three films were screened at East Maitland Aquatic Centre as part of the pilot program.
A report by council officers said the different films "resulted in a noticeably different mix of attendees across the three screenings".
"The program creates a point of difference, drives visitation to East Maitland Aquatics Centre, supports Council's Place Activation Strategy and adds to the diversity of programs that Council delivers," the report said.
"The three events attracted a cumulative crowd of almost 700 people."
The concept was originally put forward by Liberal councillor Mitchell Griffin.
The three events, which saw the screenings of Aquaman (January 10), The Shallows (January 24) and Finding Nemo (January 31,) also included food trucks and a silent disco.
"The aim of the program was to diversify the service offering at the East Maitland Aquatic Centre and to support the 'After Dark' and 'Repurpose' pillars of the Maitland Place Activation Strategy," the report said.
A funding allocation of $35,000 has been put in the 2020/21 Operational Plan for the program to continue.