I moved to Brisbane in 2009 having through the years lived in The Netherlands, UK, South Africa, Qatar and now Australia. I'm a single mum with three kids always looking for penny pinching ways to have fun and discover new places and things to do.
Published December 30th 2017
Vintage is an advantage
If you are looking for a quaint cinema experience that is more than "just a trip to the movies", you should definitely make a point of visiting the Balmoral Cinema on Oxford Street in Bulimba.
There's a small external ticket booth, that gives you the feeling that you have been transported to 1961, half expecting to see the marquee outside announcing Marilyn Monroe and Clarke Gable's latest showstopper, The Misfits!
Once you enter the small and intimate Cineplex, you feel comfortable and still perfectly stuck in 1961. It's clean tidy and well kept but firmly kept in the mid-1900's. Wall hangings for the original stars of movies and television hang in the cinemas, so be sure to read up on Charlie Chaplin, Clarke Gable and Marilyn Monroe to be able to answer those pesky questions the kids will have before the movie starts. Or impress your date with a unique movie and meal along with some trivia experience.
There are 6 small and intimate cinema screens all showing the latest blockbusters. The prices are far cheaper than other cinemas making it well worth the effort to travel out of your comfort zone with adult tickets $9 and kids only $6.50. The candy bar and coffee shop have a fabulous array of offerings - you won't be left wanting on this night out!
Do you have a favourite cinema? Something that's different to the bog standard, ridiculously expensive V-Max or Gold Class? Share with us in the comments section!
Not all the Balmoral Cinemas are small. Cinema 1 is a very large cinema and has been recently renovated & restored. It's worth going to the movies just to look at the chandeliers & other renovated features!
I agree. There are 2 very large modern cinemas. I love going to Balmoral, fabulous prices and the candy bar very reasonable. I wouldn't think of going anywhere else and judging by the huge crowds, neither would anyone else.
I was there yesterday, and there were huge crowds. Not surprising really, as some people are still on holidays until next Monday or in the case of students they have another couple of weeks yet. Moreover, if you go to see a movie before 5pm, the price is even better than mentioned in the article. eg as an adult, I pay only $6.50 to see a movie there during the day.