High winds have forced the organisers of St Kilda's open air cinema to cancel tonight's screening.
A spokeswoman for Openair Cinemas has hit back at suggestions that the screen fell over this afternoon, saying it was taken down as a "precautionary measure" due to high winds.
"Due to unusually high winds we are temporarily bringing down the screen in St Kilda as a precautionary measure."
"The screen has not fallen over, but the extreme weather conditions have caused some buckling – this is what the structure is designed to do in adverse conditions," said Sarah Steel.
She said the screen, located near Jacka Boulevard on the St Kilda foreshore, had been certified by an independent engineer when it was installed and met all design certification to Australian standards.
Ms Steel said Openair Cinemas was in contact with the Bureau of Meteorology with regards to dangers posed by weather conditions.
Tonight's screening of Ruby Sparks has been cancelled but the cinema is expected to reopen tomorrow.
Ms Steel maintained the company was equipped to ensure the safety of cinema patrons.
"The St Kilda beach-side site is new to us but we have been on the lawn by the sea in Bondi for two seasons now, and are well aware of how best to deal with high winds and customer safety," she said.