Nothing beats the big screen, popcorn, super sonic sound and Candy Bar smell experience of going to the movies. And a trip to the cinema is a great, family friendly day out especially during the winter school holidays. However, there's no denying a trip to the movies can get a little purse-ouchie, especially if everyone wants a choc top. So here's a list of 'cheaper' cinema and ticketing options to help make your trip to the movies a bit kinder on your hip pocket. Some of the suggestions include independent cinemas, specials offered by the big guns, Village and Hoyts, along with member/customer loyalty rewards programs.
The Croydon Cinemas website boasts "Melbourne's best movie prices" and they are in fact pretty good. With both 2D and 3D viewing options, this cinema complex was refurbished in 2013 and offers state-of-the-art digital projection and sound. Croydon Cinemas are also lucky enough to have a liquor licence, so patrons over the age of eighteen can enjoy an alcoholic beverage during the film if they like.
The Croydon Cinemas line-up includes all the latest films and you can subscribe to their newsletter for all the latest information through the Croydon Cinema website.
The Croydon Cinemas are located on level 1, 3-5 Hewish Road, Croydon, a short walk from the Croydon railway station (located on the Lilydale line), along the Mount Dandenong Road, a little further east away from Melbourne past Eastland.
For the cheapest seats on offer, be sure and become a Loyalty Club Member and during school holidays you will get cheaper tickets if you select a film starting prior to 11am.
Ticket Prices Loyalty Club Member Tickets: 2D Viewing $7.50. 3D Viewing $11.50. School Holiday Early Bird Sessions starting prior to 11am: 2D Viewing $8.00. 3D Viewing $11.00. General Entry: 2D Viewing $9.00. 3D Viewing $12.00 Seniors: 2D Viewing $7.50. 3D Viewing $10.50.
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Reading Cinemas The Reading Cinemas have six locations throughout Victoria: Chirnside Park, Dandenong, Epping, Melton, Sunbury and Waurn Ponds. The Reading Cinemas show all the latest films and general entry tickets are an unvarying $10 each.
Selected Reading Cinemas offer upgrades to the Gold Lounge, a premium viewing experience, and Titan XC, which stands for Extreme Cinemas. The Titan XC cinemas offer bigger screen, Dolby Digital projection, explosive digital sound and premium wide seating.
Reading Cinemas are located at: Chirnside Park: Maroondah Highway. This facility has a Gold Lounge and Titan XC cinema.
Dandenong: Cnr McCrae & Foster Street. Epping: Cnr High & Cooper Streets, Epping. This facility offers 2 Gold Lounge viewing experiences.
Melton: 533 High Street, Melton.
Sunbury: Horne Street.
Waurn Ponds: Cnr Pioneer Road & Princes Highway. This facility offers 2 Premium theatre options and the Titan XC.
Waverly Cinemas The Waverley Cinemas offers a restricted showing of the newest releases interspersed with a wide variety of art-house films. Prices here are unbeatable starting at $6 for selected times, with $8 being the more standard ticket price, and $10 on some selected sessions also. In addition, there is no online booking fee, which makes for a pleasant change. Two of the cinemas have only 52 seats each, making for an intimate viewing experience, but also may result in disappointment if you fail to pre-book your tickets.
The Waverley Cinemas is located at the Pinewood Shopping Centre, Blackburn Road, Mount Waverley.
If you'd still rather visit one of the two big names in cinema – Village or Hoyts – there are a couple of ways to gain cheaper ticket options.
Cheap Tuesday: As the name says, tickets are cheaper on a Tuesday at both Village and Hoyts.
Movie of the Week or Vreward Films: Selected films are offered at a discounted rate late in their run, before they stop screening altogether. You may have to wait, but will pay a lot less. Check the Village Cinema and Hoyts websites for details of the films and session times.
Kidz Flix at Village: Catch a family-friendly, G-rated movie for only $5 per ticket. These films are usually shown earlier in the day on weekends.
Baby Friendly Sessions: Both Village Cinemas and Hoyts offer baby friendly sessions for carers to come with their babies and toddlers. The sound is moderately lower than a usual screening and the lights are left on low. However, baby friendly sessions are only $11 per ticket at both Village and Hoyts and everyone is welcome.
Companies such as the RACV, Telstra, Optus (and quite possibly more including electricity suppliers and clubs), offer reduced movie tickets to their members and customers. If this might be an option for you, a quick search of their websites will offer details and purchasing information.