Adelaide is pretty lucky when it comes to cheap cinemas, as there are a fair few around. But that doesn't mean you don't want to seek out the best and the following is a list of some of the cheaper places you can catch a film around the city.
Capri Theatre: Located in Goodwood, Capri Theatre offers tickets at a reasonable $16.00.
Mercury Cinema:This cinema is a little different to most. Being a cinema club, it doesn't offer single tickets; you need to buy a membership (for four films, ten films or a year of films). But these are very good value, as you end up paying between $2.50 to $10.00 per screening. The cinema shows new release films alongside a retrospective program, however its new releases are generally ones from film festivals or those that aren't getting screened elsewhere.
Odean Star Semaphore Cinemas: The big drawcard for Odeon Star is that its tickets are $9.00 all day, any day, every session. These prices make it the cheapest I've found and it's all about new releases too.
Reading Cinemas: Whether you go to the Elizabeth cinema or the West Lakes cinema, you can knock a few dollars off a typical movie price with Reading Cinemas. Here you'll pay $17.50 and still get get plenty of choices and all sorts of new releases.
Windsor Cinemas: Windsdor Cinemas has to be near the top of a list of cheap cinemas, with admission costing only $10.00. It has a variety of mainstream, arthouse and independent movies (not too many showing at once though) and they usually change weekly. You'll find the cinema in Brighton.
If your local cinema isn't on the list (perhaps I missed it or perhaps it charges too much) don't forget that you can often still get a cheaper price at other cinemas with a little planning, like visiting on particular days (Tuesdays are often cheaper) or becoming a member of the cinema.
If you want to compare the prices at Adelaide's cinemas to the situation in some of Australia's other capital cities, click here for Sydney (it understadably has the most options), here for Melbourne (a few very cheap cinemas, but mainly screening older movies) and here for Perth (they're rarely below $16.00 here). You'll find that Adelaide does pretty well in comparison, with a big difference also being that there aren't as many of the expensive cinemas over here in the first place.
Semaphore has cheap tickets and cheap seats that are so uncomfortable. I'd rather pay the extra for the comfortable seats and leg room at Wallis, Palace & Event. You can always go on cheap movie day or buy the cheaper voucher tickets on offer.
Palace Nova Cinemas in Rundle St offer great discount for pensioners ….a standard $10 each if you join the Golden Club. Pretty reasonable, and if you travel free on transport, quite a great low priced day out. I go at least once a week.Marian