There are three cinemas in the Blue Mountains and all provide something different, ranging from blockbusters to screenings of the Metropolitan Opera. The following guide is geographic, starting at the bottom of the Blue Mountains and ending at the top. Glenbrook Cinema
Corner of Great Western Hwy and, Ross St, Glenbrook NSW 2773
Glenbrook Cinema is small and intimate. It has a good range of sweets and popcorn and is somewhere in between the other two cinemas - the Edge and Mount Vic Flicks - as it won't necessarily be showing the latest Fast and the Furious (rumour has it, they're about to release #9) but will probably show movies with mainstream appeal. The regulars were probably really into The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, if that's an indication of the types of films that are a big hit at Glenbrook. It's delightful just to be there so any movie will probably do the trick. The owners describe the cinema as "a no-nonsense, family-managed setting" and if that doesn't appeal to you, I don't know what will. It's a very cheap experience as online tickets are all $11.50 with a booking fee.
I don't think you'll find anyone arguing that The Edge is a scenic place to spend the afternoon. It's a regular movie cinema, offering the standard candy bar fare and blockbusters. So, as an indication, Frozen II ran 10 times a day when it was first released but Jojo Rabbit never made it to The Edge's screen. The Edge does the job, however, the seats are comfy, the air-conditioning works beautifully (sometimes too well, I usually take a jumper with me) and they usually have seven or eight movies on offer throughout the week. They also show a 45-minute movie Adult tickets are $16, pensioners and students are $14. Children are $12 and seniors are $10.
There's no reason for me to hide this. Mount Vic Flicks is, far and away, my favourite cinema in the Blue Mountains. Honestly, it's probably my favourite cinema in the whole world. It's one room, with faded velvet red curtains either side of the screen. Usually, films are screened about a month or more after they've hit the Dendy in Sydney, so if you're in a rush to see something, you might have to go somewhere else. I'm always happy to wait because it's an experience so lovely, it's like hopping into a warm bath when you've been chilly. The candy bar alone, a hole in the wall within the cinema itself, is just achingly nice, offering cups of tea in mugs, homemade soups, and self-packaged old-fashioned sweets. Mount Vic Flicks shows some bigger films, but they're usually slightly more alternative than franchise pictures. They also screen some operas from the Metropolitan Opera and plays from the National Theatre. It's also outrageously cheap; adult tickets cost $12, seniors $11 and children (aged 3 to 12) $10. If you want to see two movies in one day, it's $20 and that includes tea or coffee.