Cinemas in Brisbane
Netflix and chill all you like, but there’s an irreplaceable magic at the movies. The curtains come wide, the lights go down and a projector clicks to life to unspool something amazing. (Well, they used to. It’s all digital now, mostly.) Remember why we make movies in the first place with these picturehouses across Brisbane.
The inner-city staple, Palace is what you imagine when you talk about European arthouse. Home to major film festivals, international weird-and-wonderfuls and local circuit hits, the Barracks in the City and Centro in the Valley cater to every kind of film buff. Find what’s screening here.
One of the country’s last drive-in cinemas although it’s unfair to describe Yatala as a relic. Two fields with two different programs mean you can jump from one screening to another in between movies – provided you pay for both tickets! Fill up a 4WD, relax in the back of a ute or cuddle in the back seat. Just make sure not to rock the car.
Formerly the Astor Theatre, the New Farm Cinemas are dedicated to giving cinema fans a mix of retro style and state-of-the-art vision and sound. They aim, above all else, to bring the "experience" back to going to the movies and, honestly, we think they’re doing a great job. Grab a beer before the movie and enjoy it in the cinema.
The Elizabeth Picture Theatre delivers on the promise of Hollywood glitz and glamour with its Golden Age visage. Step back in time to the hayday of motion pictures in the Tara Room, formerly a ballroom whose roof has been preserved so you can feel that little closer to the stars. Help yourself to a schooner in the cinema and catch a mix of general and limited releases.
The budget-friendly option, Cineplex screens are scattered across Brisbane so there’ll almost always be one about half an hour away. South Bank houses the largest screen downtown while Hawthorne boasts a luxurious deluxe cinema and cafe inside a beautiful picture theatre. You can also find Cineplex in Victoria Point, Balmoral and Redbank.
Back for the 2017/18 Summer Season, the American Express Openair Cinemas invite you to chillax to the max with these outdoor screenings of the latest and greatest. Lie back with a particular someone on a picnic blanket or treat yourself to a touch of comfort with a lounger.
This national chain needs no introduction. Blockbusters, family fare and some travelling flavour are the trade for Event, who really do want to make film-going just that. Find them in the Myer Centre, Chermside, Garden City, the Hyperdome, Strathpine, Toombul, Browns Plains, Capalaba, Carindale, Indooroopilly and Springfield. You’ll also find the Event-owned Birch Carroll and Coyle in Morayfield.
This summer, Moonlight Cinema returns to Brisbane on the green beside the Powerhouse. Projecting your favourites onto the big screen, Moonlight lets you relax with a bean bed if you don’t want to nuzzle into the grass and they even offer the Connoisseur Lounge and Gold Grass sections. If it rains, you’re entitled to the same ticket at a new show but tickets are non-refundable.
Tucked into the stylish Portside Wharf precinct, Dendy Portside promises the latest in movie releases, special film events and red carpet premieres in its state-of-the-art digital cinemas. As all premium cinemas should be, each theatre is licensed so you can take a drink in straight from the bar. Double down with a movie and restaurant package in partnership with a participating Portside restaurant.
Dendy’s also expanding to Coorparoo in November so keep an eye out!
Forget the Hoyts you think you know, each of these venues has been refurbished to replace seats with a spacious recliner. Fewer people around you and more room to get comfortable – the dream. Kick back with popcorn, drinks and even pizza in the cinema for the modern movie-going experience. Find Hoyts in Stafford, Sunnybank and Redcliffe.
Also embracing that iconic art deco style, the Blue Room Cinebar knows from experience how to treat yourself at the movies. Paired seating with service during the show mean you can get the Gold Class experience without the Gold Class prices, plus you’re surrounded by beautiful Paddington eateries for before or after.
In the heart of the Gallery of Modern Art you’ll find the Cinematheque, where the screens are reserved for the experimental, the historically significant or the just plain weird. If a new Marvel movie just isn’t cutting it, and Liam Neeson’s on-screen explosions leave you feeling nothing, try the Cinematheque instead.
Cinemas in the 21st century truly have embraced the charm of reclining to get a better view of the big screen. United El Dorado takes a leaf out of this book with Grand Recliner seating available in all cinemas and Grand Recliners only in cinemas 4 and 7.
In tranquil, leafy Graceville you’ll find one of Brisbane’s oldest cinemas, the Regal Twin. This complex houses two cinemas, as you’d imagine, and retains its original 1920s charm. The Regal proudly exhibits the finest European, British, foreign language and Australian films in its drive to be part of Brisbane’s communal, new world culture.
Remember to turn your phones off and keep your feet off the seats.
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