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Published May 27th 2012
Looking out for the best movie deals
Everyone loves a night out at the cinema. There's something about sinking down into plush seats, sliding the chocolate off a chop top with your teeth and looking up at a huge screen expectantly awaiting the night's film. But as we all know, a cinema date can cost an arm and a leg and if you take the whole family, it will cost you a torso as well.
Which is why it is good to know when cinemas have their extra cheap nights. But it can be hard to store all that data in your head. So here on one dedicated page are the cheap nights out at Melbourne's cinemas and if you know of any others we would love to hear from you in the comments section. That way we can share the information around.
This lovely old cinema has $10 tickets on both Mondays and Tuesdays and if you still haven't made the trek across the Westgate bridge to visit this gorgeous art deco cinema, then it is well worth crossing over
Entry is free for children under 12. Mad Monday's allows you to catch a movie at half the price ($8 for an adult; $20 per carload). You can grab a bite to eat in the retro style diner or order via SMS and have snacks delivered to your car.
This huge cinema is a reminder of the heyday of cinema greatness when movie going on a Saturday night was something everybody did.
This cinema is huge and has a seating capacity of 1,110 which includes balconies.
The cinema often shows doubles which makes it exceptionally good value. And if you don't have one of the Astor Cinema's famous calendars on the back of your toilet door then it means you just aren't cultured. You can order one on their website.
Waverley Cinema is notoriously cheap with tickets for $11. It is worth subscribing to their weekly offers list which can include $5.50 tickets and Buy One, Get one free offers.
Hoyts have brought out cheap matinees. Check their websites for details. Between 10am - 5pm
you can buy tickets for as little as $10 each or in 3D from $13.
Village offer a moving smorgasbord which change on a weekly basis. Go to
The Lunar Drive-in Theatre Dandenong is the largest drive-in theatre in Australia. It costs $28 per carload (maximum price). Your local multiplex charges over $75 for a family of five so this is a great savings. And no, you can't hide people in your boot and there is no credit card facility at the gate.
If you attend a particular cinema regularly then it is worth seeing if they have membership deals. For example Cinema Nova in Carlton has a membership for $12 a year. It means $11 entry for you and a guest to opening day sessions (Thursdays) of every new film.
Palace Cinemas has a movie club which costs $ 19 dollars a year to join. This means all your tickets come down to $13.50 and you get a free ticket when you join or renew plus one complimentary ticket every year for your birthday. They also do a couple of good family offers at Palace Balwyn, Dendy Brighton and Westgarth which include 2 Adults and 2 Children OR 1 Adult and 3 Children for $50/ 2 Adults and 3 Children OR 1 Adult and 4 Children for $55/ 2 Adults and 4 Children OR 1 Adult and 5 Children for $60*
*Includes a glass of house wine for Mum or Dad (guess you need it if you are looking after that many kids.)
you should check out ticketbounty.com.au, its a website just for movie ticket deals and have prices from $5 and not just monday tuesdays but all week. They dont have all cinemas yet but it works really well.
Great article, Nadine! My favourite cinema is Cameo in Belgrave - with membership, tickets are $12 each ($7 on Tuesdays) and you get a free ticket when you join. The Sun Theatre sounds great too - it's now on my list to investigate.
Reading Cinemas around Australia also do great deals - check the website:http://readingcinemas.com.au/deals#Terrific%20Tuesday. For example, Terrific Tuesday is $11.50 all day ($11.00 for seniors). They also do Early Bird deals during the school holidays for films starting before 11:00am, and Friday Flicks discounts for film starting before midday every Friday. On Wednesdays they have Spit the Dummy sessions with up to 2 kids admitted free with a paying adult. Well worth a look.