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Elizabeth Picture Theatre

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Published August 11th 2019
Classic, cult and current films on heritage big screen
Foreign films, Aussie films, small classic film runs and big hits, the Elizabeth Picture Theatre has all the film buffs covered. Run by the same folk who operate the Yatala Drive-In and New Farm Cinemas there is always something a little out of the ordinary on offer including cult movie celebrations (think Grease or Rocky Horror), art on the screen, film festivals as well as the latest blockbusters so no one misses out. I saw the historical art feature on the life of Frida Kahlo and was pleased by the small yet roomy cinema experience. The volume was a little loud but that could be the grumpy old lady coming out in me. I did really enjoy the beautifully plump red cushion available on every seat for extra comfort and that little bit of glam.

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Elizabeth Picture Theatre

The Elizabeth Picture Theatre is located in heritage-listed Tara House at 175 Elizabeth Street in the Brisbane CBD. Tara House was home to the Queensland Irish Club for almost 100 years and many beautiful and historic features have been retained.

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Historic Features of Tara House

There is an old film projector in the ticketing lobby and other interesting items of historical significance including the original stained glass doors for the Irish Club members area.

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Old Projector at Elizabeth Picture Theatre

The ceiling from the old ballroom has been kept intact and is a showstopper. There are five screens available and the luxurious Royal Rooms offer reclining seats and food and drinks to your seat. There is a full bar, kitchen, private boardroom and outdoor entertainment area. Obviously, these features are aimed at stylish parties, events and function hire. For an extra fee, they will even add on live 'Prohibition-style' piano for guests enjoyment. I want to hire the venue just to hear what this style is like.

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Function Room at Elizabeth Picture Theatre

Centrally located in the centre of Brisbane, this theatre offers the best of classic, cult and modern film in a beautiful historic setting. Get your parking ticket stamped for a discount there too. I have also discovered they are offering a Tarantino Chicken Wrap during the run of Quentin's latest film and who wouldn't want some of that?
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Why? See a cult, classic or current movie
When: See film showing times on website
Phone: (07) 3854 4444
Where: 175 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane Qld 4000
Cost: Varies. Concession available.
Your Comment
I enjoyed this building when it housed the Irish Club. Now I think it is one of the best cinemas in Brisbane.
by May Cross (score: 3|6949) 359 days ago
We love this place too. Quirky, and so much personality. A lovely change from the cinema chains.
by Lee Ellwood (EllWords) (score: 2|120) 343 days ago
How can they have Royal Rooms in the former Irish Association buildings?
by lore (score: 0|6) 349 days ago
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