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Where is Brisbane's Best Cinema?

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by Ben Carey (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer living in the northern suburbs of Brisbane. I study creative writing and film and tv.
Published August 1st 2011
There are many different cinemas in and around Brisbane city, but which one is the best? Well, that all depends on what you like; one of the most popular cinemas is the Event Cinemas (formerly known as Birch Carroll & Coyle) in the Myer Centre, probably due solely to its location as the ticket prices are very steep ($13 for a student and $16.50 for an adult) as is the cost of drinks and confectionery.



If you want to see movies on the cheap, then go no further than Southbank Cineplex. On weekdays, before 6 pm, tickets are $5.50 for students and $6.50 for adults; after 6 pm (and on weekends) they are $6.50 for students and $8.50 for adults. The confectionery is also very reasonably priced and Southbank Cineplex is one of very few places you can still get a Rainbow Smash (a deliciously customisable frozen beverage), and boy are they good. And did I mention that Cinema 5's screen is 25 metres across? It is the largest screen in Brisbane.



Southbank Cineplex is great, but if you want to see more underground or foreign films you will have to go elsewhere. Palace Cinemas have a great range of both, as well as most of the big movies as well. They have two locations in Brisbane: Palace Centro in Fortitude Valley and Palace Barracks in Petrie Terrace. Their prices are actually dearer than Event Cinema's at $13.50 for students and $17 for adults; however, for a small annual fee (for Movie Club membership) these prices are severely reduced to $9 and $11 respectively, with the added bonus of a free plus one ticket. They also do cheap Tuesdays where all movies are $11.



While nowhere near as accessible as the Palace cinemas are, Dendy Portside is definitely worth a mention; they screen all the same films as Palace Cinemas and Portside is a very lovely area to visit for the day.

If luxury is your thing, you could double your ticket price at Event Cinemas and go Gold Class, which, to their credit, is quite luxurious, but assuming you have something to eat and drink, that's $50 you are never getting back. Alternatively, you could head to Blue Room Cinebar in Rosalie (it's not as rural as it sounds; it's actually right next to Milton). They have a good range of films and the luxury-factor is high. Each patron gets their own comfy leather chair with a fluffy red cushion and a wooden arm rest, fitted with buttons to call for a number of different services such as food, drinks, etc. The staff is very friendly too, which is always a plus. The prices are a little on the steep side though (although, like Palace, they also do cheap Tuesdays). Student tickets are the same, day and night, at $13.50 a pop, whereas adult tickets are more expensive at $17.50 ($21.50 on Friday and Saturday nights). That said though, it's still way cheaper than gold class and it's a small price to pay to attend a film screening at the most luxurious cinema in Brisbane.



It's hard to say which is best, because each cinema has its own strengths, but for the sake of this article I would name Southbank Cineplex the best all round cinema in Brisbane; it's cheap, accessible, and has a screen big enough to blot out the sun, what more could you ask for?
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The Cineplex cinemas in Oxford St, Bulimba and Hawthorne are fantastic value and have that old-time feel of going to the movies - you can't beat walking past a giant "Oscar" to feel you're about to be entertained. And the best thing about Hawthorne Cineplex - The Nook Cafe behind it of course!
By Rebecca Lawrence - senior reviewer
Thursday, 4th of August @ 02:32 am
Cinebar at Rosalie - great - one of the best I have ever been too - better than gold class anywhere and resonable prices we can all afford
By unya4 - reader
Thursday, 4th of August @ 02:20 am
I love the Globe for quirky movies and Rocky Horror Picture Show floor shows.
By Carly Ogborne - senior writer
Friday, 5th of August @ 03:29 am
Cineplex - Southbank, Balmoral, Hawthorne and Victoria point
By marga85 - reader
Thursday, 4th of August @ 11:34 am
Blue Room Cinebar is definitely my favorite. The seats are great, the prices aren't that bad and it's a great personal environment.

But South Bank definitely wins for price and popularity.
By Anonymous
Tuesday, 2nd of August @ 07:10 am
Blue Room Cinebar is definitely my favorite. The seats are great, the prices aren't that bad and it's a great personal environment.

But South Bank definitely wins for price and popularity.
By Anonymous
Tuesday, 2nd of August @ 07:11 am
Palace Cinemas take the flag for their wonderful Movie Club which makes going to the movies regularly affordable. I love their range in that they also show both arthouse and hollywood blockbusters regularly - my perfect cinema.
By Tracey Winning - senior reviewer
Tuesday, 23rd of August @ 11:25 pm
Palace Portside
By djahn - reader
Tuesday, 30th of August @ 08:56 am
I would have to say Palace cinemas at the Barracks is the best in Brisbane and if not the country actually, i was really impressed with its beautiful modern cinemas
By Anonymous
Friday, 30th of September @ 12:24 am
Loganholme Cinemas are the best on the Southside,Way cheaper than Birch Carroll And Coyle,They're nice and clean the staff are friendly and they have a 22m screen in the Hypermax Cinema!
By Anonymous
Sunday, 16th of September @ 02:16 am

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