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Brisbane's Cheap Cinemas

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by Geraldine Massey (subscribe)
I'm an experienced corporate communicator and editor with an eye for interesting events and an attachment to my trusty Oxford dictionary.
Published January 18th 2013
Why pay through the nose for a trip to the movies?
While we can all sit in the comfort of our own living room watching the latest movie releases, there's just something about going to the movies that you can't quite replicate at home, despite all the whizz bang advances in technology. It's the whole experience really; dark atmosphere, giant screens, realistic sound, and sinking down in your chair with popcorn in your lap and frozen Coke at the ready. These days that cinematic experience comes at quite a cost if you go to the big chain cinemas. Think local and the experience can be considerably cheaper.

movies, cinema, popcorn, movie tickets
Image by mconnors from Morguefile.

Adult tickets through the big chain cinemas now cost $14 for regular movies or $15.50 for VMax or 3D. If you book online there is an additional $1.10 booking fee per ticket. Admittedly they do offer reward cards that allow you to acquire points for each movie you see and get a free ticket once you've reached the required points, but smaller cinemas also offer member benefits..

Brisbane is blessed with many cheaper cinemas. And by cheap I certainly don't mean nasty. Independent, local or smaller chain cinemas still offer you the same latest releases, comfort and candy bar quality of the big operators. Here are some I've uncovered, but please let us know of any other cheap cinema options in Brisbane.

*Prices mentioned are current at 16 January 2013*

Eldorado, Indooroopilly

Eldorado is Brisbane's only one-off, independent 8 screen Multiplex. It has been operating on the same site in Indooroopilly, albeit with a few upgrades and name changes, since the 1920s. It offers free undercover parking, which is a plus, but you cannot book online. There are also many restaurants nearby for before or after movie meals.

eldorado cinema indooroopilly
Image from Eldorado website.

141 Coonan Street, Indooroopilly (opposite Indooroopilly Station).

Price Structure
Regular Sessions
Adults $11.50, Children, Students and Concession $8.50, UQ Students $7.50.

Cheap Tuesdays
Adults $7, Children, Students and Concession $5.50

Members Lounge
Join their Members Lounge and get a Movie Saver Card that entitles you to Adult tickets at $9.50 and Children, Students and Concession for $7.50. You also receive a host of other good value benefits.

Cineplex Cinemas

Cineplex have four Brisbane eastside locations and one cinema at Nerang. Prices at all cinemas are the same and they claim they are the lowest prices in Brisbane. If you are a member you can also book online.

south bank cineplex
Image from south Bank Cineplex Facebook page.

Balmoral - 168 Oxford Street, Bulimba
Hawthorne - 261 Hawthorne Road, Hawthorne
South Bank - 167 Grey Street, South Bank
Victoria Point - 27 Bunker Road, Victoria Point
Nerang - 52 Price Street, Nerang

Price Structure
You can view their whole price structure here but here are some of the common prices for you to compare.

Regular Sessions
Adults $8.50, Students and Seniors $6.50, Children and Pensioners $4.50

Budget Tuesdays and Weekday sessions before 6pm
Adults $6.50, Students and Seniors $5.50, Children and Pensioners $4.50

Schonell Theatre

The Schonell Theatre is situated on the University of Queensland campus. As well as some of the limited release movies you're unlikely to find in the big chain cinemas, it also presents live theatre.

schonell theatre
Image by Balley from Wikipedia.

Level 3, Building 22, Union Complex, Union Road, University of Queensland, St Lucia

Price Structure
Adults $12, Students, Concession, Seniors and UQ staff $8, UQ Students $6.
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Why? Because cheaper is better.
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Your Comment
Sat through 40 mins of ads before the movie started at south bank cineplex. I'll pay a few more bob and go to Palace thanks.
by Dancr (score: 0|5) 1668 days ago
The cinema is so expensive, so it is always good to know where you can get cheaper tickets.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|11366) 1670 days ago
Regal cinema grace ills also cheap
by btmac (score: 0|2) 1669 days ago
Regal at Grace ville is our favourite Saturday arvo cinema (worth the drive from Mansfield). It's friendly in size and people, with excellent choice of movies without the focus on Hollywood blockbusters.
by smith (score: 0|5) 1665 days ago
Re: "Regal cinema grace ills also cheap" by btmac... I think he/she meant Regal Twin, the "boutique arthouse" cinema at Graceville
by Crusty (score: 0|3) 1664 days ago
The Regal at Graceville is reasonably priced too and has a selection of good movies. Also lots of cafes nearby for before or after snacks.
by smau2 (score: 0|2) 1661 days ago
The cinemas at Victoria Point are also quite cheap. I think I paid around $7.00 for 1 adult on a weekday not sure about prices on weekends.
by schal (score: 2|149) 1659 days ago
Cineplex is the best choice for cheap movie prices as they rely more on sponsors than pinching extra bucks from your wallet. I've watched seven movies these holidays for a mere price of $45.50 ($6.50 per student). 'Palace Cinemas' charge $15 per students which would have amounted to $105. I may have sat through advertisements but I saved $59.50.

These cheap prices do not come at a loss in other aspects such as comfortably or the staff business manner.
by SJD19 (score: 0|2) 1301 days ago
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