Freelance writer with a BA double majoring in Literature and Australian History who loves finding random places of social or historical treasure whilst travelling around visiting festivals, markets and quaint cafes with my husband and baby
Published March 24th 2014
A cheap day out for the whole family
If you're looking for the cheapest cinema on the Sunshine Coast, look no further that the Big Screen Cinemas, located in the Strand building, Bulcock Street, Caloundra.
Currently priced at $9 per adult, they beat traditional movie theatres for price and value hands-down!
The Big Screen Cinemas at Caloundra are an ideal family day out or school holiday activity. Treat the kids to a trip to the movies and explore the beaches, picnic areas, cafes and markets in Caloundra.
True, they might not have the variety of new releases available and due to their size they are limited by the number of screenings they can show per day. But, they do show all the major new releases in regular screenings 7 days a week. Considering they are almost half the price of major movie theatres, surely they are worth negotiating your schedule for the day to fit in with their screenings.
The Big Screen Cinema Caloundra has 4 movie theatres which are smaller than usual, but feel more intimate than your classic big theatres. One could argue that the smaller size of the theatre allows patrons to get more involved in the movie showing as it feels less commercial.
Like a step back into the theatres of yesteryear, the Big Screen Cinema Caloundra sits on the top floor of the Stand shopping centre complex. First established as The Amusu Theatre (Amuse You), the cinemas changed their name to The Strand in 1937. Over the next 40 years it was a popular mecca for movie goers and a social hive of activity. During 1979 the old building was demolished and replaced by the new Strand single movie theatre opening in 1980. During the 1990's the area undertook an overhaul, re-opening as the 4 theatre Big Screen Cinemas that stand today. Shops, a lovely cafe and offices are also located in the building which still retains the quaint intimate feel so hard to find in the brassy white shopping centres of today.
The Big Screen Cinemas show around 6 new releases in any given week, including 2 or 3 showings of each new release per day.
These cinemas are only two streets from the beach and the Caloundra boardwalk which is home to many lovely cafes, restaurants and ice cream shops.
Couple an afternoon at the movies with the Sunday morning Bulcock Street markets or a swim at Bulcock Beach, just a few streets away.