A freelance writer with a passion for music, fitness and fashion.
Published December 11th 2009
Grab yourself a choc top and a bag of Violet Crumbles. Prepare to find your way to your seat in the dark as you trip over discarded Jaffas, being "shhhh'd" all the while. It's time to go to the movies, but not as you've come to know it.
The Odeon Theatre in Hornsby is a blast from the past. This standalone, one-cinema establishment is very different from the shopping centre complexes (complete with overpriced confectionery) we are so familiar with. There are only 3 movies, at most, being alternated at any given time. Visiting the Odeon turns "going to the movies" from a convenient time-killer to a real experience. Patrons can recline on suede couches or look through promotional posters for classic movies before being ushered in to the theatre. And I do mean theatre. From the steeply tiered seating to the battered electric chandeliers, this place screams old Hollywood charm. Seeing a movie here, one can almost imagine the excitement of a time when movies were new.
Perhaps the greatest benefit the Odeon has to offer is its pricing. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for concession, $7 for children and $6 for senior citizens. They've take cheap Tuesday to the next level, providing $6 tickets for all patrons on this day. Compare this to the usual $15 or more at cinema chains and your bank account will thank you.
The Odeon isn't somewhere you can visit all the time- the danger of the magic wearing off is very real. It is a great alternative to shopping centre movie cinemas, however, and makes for an excellent weekend outing. Admittedly, the confectionery is still a little overpriced.