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Published January 18th 2013
Why pay through the nose for a trip to the movies?
While we can all sit in the comfort of our own living room watching the latest movie releases, there's just something about going to the movies that you can't quite replicate at home, despite all the whizz bang advances in technology. It's the whole experience really; dark atmosphere, giant screens, realistic sound, and sinking down in your chair with popcorn in your lap and frozen Coke at the ready. These days that cinematic experience comes at quite a cost if you go to the big chain cinemas. Think local and the experience can be considerably cheaper.
Adult tickets through the big chain cinemas now cost $14 for regular movies or $15.50 for VMax or 3D. If you book online there is an additional $1.10 booking fee per ticket. Admittedly they do offer reward cards that allow you to acquire points for each movie you see and get a free ticket once you've reached the required points, but smaller cinemas also offer member benefits..
Brisbane is blessed with many cheaper cinemas. And by cheap I certainly don't mean nasty. Independent, local or smaller chain cinemas still offer you the same latest releases, comfort and candy bar quality of the big operators. Here are some I've uncovered, but please let us know of any other cheap cinema options in Brisbane.
Eldorado is Brisbane's only one-off, independent 8 screen Multiplex. It has been operating on the same site in Indooroopilly, albeit with a few upgrades and name changes, since the 1920s. It offers free undercover parking, which is a plus, but you cannot book online. There are also many restaurants nearby for before or after movie meals.
Cineplex have four Brisbane eastside locations and one cinema at Nerang. Prices at all cinemas are the same and they claim they are the lowest prices in Brisbane. If you are a member you can also book online.
Cinemas Balmoral - 168 Oxford Street, Bulimba Hawthorne - 261 Hawthorne Road, Hawthorne
South Bank - 167 Grey Street, South Bank
Victoria Point - 27 Bunker Road, Victoria Point
Nerang - 52 Price Street, Nerang
Regal at Grace ville is our favourite Saturday arvo cinema (worth the drive from Mansfield). It's friendly in size and people, with excellent choice of movies without the focus on Hollywood blockbusters.
Cineplex is the best choice for cheap movie prices as they rely more on sponsors than pinching extra bucks from your wallet. I've watched seven movies these holidays for a mere price of $45.50 ($6.50 per student). 'Palace Cinemas' charge $15 per students which would have amounted to $105. I may have sat through advertisements but I saved $59.50.
These cheap prices do not come at a loss in other aspects such as comfortably or the staff business manner.