Kellie is a film and travel addict that is always looking for new things to experience.
Published September 23rd 2013
Cheap movies and not just on Tuesdays
The Best Movie Member Clubs to Join in Sydney A lot of the cinemas around Sydney, and Australia for that matter have memberships or email clubs that make going to the movies very affordable. By joining these clubs you can get access to cheap tickets, special promotions and advanced screenings at half the price of a normal cinema ticket. With most clubs you are obligated to receiving a weekly newsletter to your inbox but you can work it so you don't pay more than $13.00 for a ticket again. Here are the best clubs to sign up to in Sydney.
Event Cinema's members club is their Cine Buzz Rewards, it is free to join and is really packed with benefits. Every week they have a Cine Buzz film for just $10.00, which is valid anytime of the week including Saturday nights for a normal 2D screenings. 3D and Vmax sessions usually incur a$2.00-$3.00 extra charge and the deal is of course not valid for Gold Class sessions.
If you are booking online there will be an obligatory booking fee but purchasing tickets inside the cinemas will be a flat $10.00. These Cine Buzz films are usually the big blockbuster films in their last few weeks of theatrical release or the second-tier, B-grade films in their second or third week of screening; either way most films will usually get a week's rotation as movie of the week. You also accumulate points for all the movies you attend, and bigger films like Vmax or 3D releases attract more points, so after about eight films you will have earned a free film, though you could save up these points for the more expensive 3D or gold class tickets.
In addition to cheap and free tickets the Cine Buzz club often has special advanced screenings of films for members; with these promotions you can see a film a week before its national release at a reduced rate. They do occasionally manage to persuade a star of the film to attend these special screenings, for instance last year Benicio Del Toro was at the Savages advanced screening.
For these types of events the tickets will be around upwards of $25.00. There are also more money saving deals like reduced prices for books of five and ten tickets, as well as a lot of candy bar specials for members. By showing your card at the candy bar you can usually pick up drink and popcorn special for under $10.00 or a large pack of M&M's or Maltesers for $3.50. Since this is a free to join club and there are a popcorn-bucket load of benefits to it, this club is well worth signing up to. Join online or in the cinemas on your next visit.
Hoyts Cinemas Hoyts cinemas have two clubs, the Insider club and their Hoyts Rewards. Their Insider club is free to join and via their weekly newsletter you are offered $12.00 tickets to their select movie of the week as well as the occasional advanced screening of upcoming films. Their second club, the Rewards club, is $10.00 to join but you do receive a free film ticket for this joining fee so in the end you can argue this is a free club too. The added benefit of this membership over the free Insider is that the movie of the week goes down to just $10.00 and there a few more special events and screenings with this club as well. With the Rewards card, as the name suggests, you are also able to earn points for all movie and candy bar purchases which can then be redeemed for more free tickets, making this club very similar to the Event Cinemas counterpart. Again you can join both these clubs online and the Rewards club in the cinema.
One other option for cheap Hoyts movie tickets worth mentioning is to pre-buy tickets from the Always on Sale website. Here you can purchase $12.00 Hoyts tickets in books of two, four and ten as well as family and children pass combinations, without having to join up to any regular emailing clubs. These tickets also make great gift or card fillers for friends and are valid every day of the week except for sessions after 5:00pm on Saturdays. There is a $4.00 postage charge for the tickets, however if you are purchasing a book of four or ten, it is still excellent value.
The beautiful art-deco Hayden Orpheum cinema in Cremorne has an email club. As the name suggests it is a true email club, it does not come with any cards or points but they do offer two cheap films a week in their weekly newsletter. There is a $12.50 film which is a valid for all sessions for that week and also a bargain $9.00 film for Monday sessions only. These prices are only available for ticket purchases inside the cinema, not online purchases, as you will need to bring in a print out of the deal from the newsletter. The other big winning point for this email club is notification of their renowned special events. The Orpheum has been hosting some fantastic Australian premieres of late, such as Blue Jasmine which Cate Blanchet in attendance and The Turning premiere which Hugo Weaving attended. Not to mention their screening of cinema classics and the ever popular 'I ♥ retro' nights. By being on their newsletter list, you will be notified first of these special events and of any last minute ticket specials in case a special screening has not sold out.
Dendy Cinemas Dendy, the home of art-house film in Australia, has two types of membership clubs. Like Hoyts there is a free to join newsletter style club and then there is their paid Club Dendy, though unlike Hoyts the benefits are quite different between the paid and free clubs. Their free newsletter subscription will keep you informed on the latest releases; special events and will get you access to the occasional special for cheap tickets. Their paid Club Dendy costs $18.00 to join for an adult for one year, or $24.00 for two years. With this you can get $13.00 tickets for yourself and one friend to all 2D films and $15.00 tickets to all 3D films. They also have a frequency card system so after every five films, a sixth film is free.
The Club Dendy membership card can also get you discounts to other businesses in the area, most notably discounted tickets to the Sydney Theatre Company, Ensemble Theatre and Sydney Historic Homes. Another good selling point for this club is that, if the Opera Quays will be your main cinema, there is a 10% discount off food and drink purchases at the Opera Bar with presentation of the Club Dendy card and cinema ticket stub. While it is the priciest of the clubs around, it could work out good value if you tend to see the type of films that only screen at Dendy. If you're not sure yet then sign up to the free newsletter first, as they sometimes have specials on their memberships fees and you would most likely hear of it through their newsletter.
The IMAX theatre at Darling Harbour has their MYMAX email club. Cheap tickets to the IMAX are harder to come by as they don't run many deals for their feature films - they do have only one cinema after all - but they do occasionally have $10.00 deals on their specialty short films, which are always educational and beautifully shot. Their weekly newsletter will let you in on what is screening and on any specials deals they have with restaurants nearby. Likewise, by liking their Facebook page you will also be kept in the loop on new films, special events and the occasional promotion. The IMAX recently ran a promotion on one of the daily deals websites where you could purchase two tickets to the IMAX for $12.00 each so fingers crossed this may become a regular promotion for them, as it is the cheapest option for purchasing affordable IMAX tickets.
IMAX Cinema at Darling Harbour - The world's biggest screen.
Although the Hoyts Kiosk is obviously not a cinema, it's still a great option for films that you really want see but for which even $10.00 seems a bit much. By joining up to the newsletter on their website you can get access to a free rental on the first Wednesday of every month.
Even without a free movie every month, at $3.50 a rental the Hoyts Kiosk is cheapest new release rental about and they only have to be returned before 9:00pm the following day. Discs can be returned to any machine, not necessarily the one you rented it from. Even better, if you register for a receipt when renting the DVD you will also get a "rent one, get one free" code to use at the same kiosk. With the time between films showing in cinemas to being available on DVD means it is usually only eight weeks before that Jason Statham film you secretly want to see but don't want to spend $10.00 on pops up in the Hoyts Kiosk.