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Where is Melbourne's Cheapest Cinema?

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Published August 3rd 2014
Go to Hoyts and a movie ticket costs $18.00-$20.00. Go to Village Cinemas and you pay $18.50-$19.50. The list goes on. But do we really have to pay that much if we want to see a movie on the big screen?

If you know where to go, you might be able to catch a new release or even an old classic for a significantly reduced price. Below is a list of some of the cheaper alternatives I've come across that would be in the running for the title of cheapest cinema in Melbourne. If I've missed one out, let us all know about it in the comment section.

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The Astor Theatre
Normal adult tickets at The Astor Theatre in St Kilda cost $16.00, which is only a few dollars cheaper than the major cinemas, but still a save. Plus, on top of these prices, there seems to be more special deals at this cinema than there are normal screenings.

If you really want a cheap night, on Thrifty Thursdays and Wicked Wednesdays (which unfortunately aren't permanent fixtures) prices go down to an impressive $10.00 or $12.00. There are also screenings when tickets cost $13.00 and double screenings that only cost $10.00. Admittedly, few of the screenings at The Astor Theatre are of recent releases, but who cares when you're paying so little.

Deja-View Cinemas
At the Deja-Vew Cinemas, as you might guess, it's all about the classics, and at classic prices too. An adult ticket to one of these cinema's screenings will cost you only $10.00. It can be found in Collingwood.

Metro Cinemas Boronia
Boronia's Metro Cinemas offers adult tickets for only $12.50, and on Tuesdays that goes down to an even more affordable $8.00. If you're a Metro Movie Member though, you'll only ever pay $8.00 anyway (the annual fee for this membership is $20.00). Again, this cinema screens lots of older movies, but there's plenty of new ones in the mix too.

Sun Theatre
Sun Theatre in Yarraville has a similar ticketing system to the big cinema chains. Usually tickets cost $17.50, but instead of just one cheap day, it has two, with tickets only $10.50 on both Monday and Tuesday. Most of the films screened here are new releases, so it's a good choice if you don't want to miss out on the recent blockbusters.

Waverley Cinema
The last cinema on my list, Waverley Cinema might just be the best. Tickets here cost $6.00 or $8.00 no matter what day it is. It's another one with a range of movies, both old and new.

These five cinemas are my picks for the cheapest cinemas in Melbourne. Are there any others that you think I've missed?
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Cinema Nova in Carlton has a great discount day on Monday with tickets $6.00 before 4.00pm, $9.00 after 4.00pm and 3D movies $13. I travel from Ballarat.
by Belinda Nolan-Price (score: 2|467) 2611 days ago
try Croydon Cinema
by Rainy Day lady (score: 1|68) 2612 days ago
Cinema Nova ~ 'Mondays only' $6 before 4pm and $9 after that.

Waverley Cinema ~ $6 to $10

Half price TUESDAYS are always good with Village and Hoyts cinemas.

On that note, if you're a SENIOR (over 60) & hold a SENIOR Card, Village cinema has Senior mornings on Fridays for some movies and tickets are only $7.

Again, if you're a SENIOR card holder and have a VILLAGE cinema membership card (they're free) ~ together, they buy you a $9 ticket EVERY time.

Again with Village, after every 10th movie, the 11th is free.

If you work for Safeways, through the company as an employee, you can buy $10 movie tickets to go to either Hoyts or Village.

Its worth having the movie memberships cards with Village and Hoyts. With a Palace movie card you get cheaper tickets, however you have to pay around $12 annually I'm pretty sure :)
by Jen (score: 3|3065) 2607 days ago
Croydon cinemas are great from $6 on Mondays to $8.
Belgrade cinema is about $16.50
by susan (score: 1|22) 2610 days ago
The Astor
by denis (score: 0|6) 2610 days ago
Melton at reading cinemas every session is 10.00 lovely cinemas
by helen (score: 0|2) 2453 days ago
Croydon Cinemas have some of the best and cheapest movie prices in Australia pluse all cinemas and foyers are licensed as well as offering fantastic prices at the candy bar. The top price is $12.50 adults. kids and concessions are $9.50 and seniors are $7.50 everyday. Every Sunday and Monday nights all tickets are ONLY $6 after 6pm, Tuesdays all tickets are $8.50 and $8 before 11am every school holidays. All theatres have great digital sound and projection and the staff offer the best service we have ever experienced at any cinema. This cinema is a gem and well worth the trip.
by jackm (score: 0|2) 2451 days ago
Try Hoyts on Sundays only $11.00 per ticket!
by Jules (score: 0|2) 2442 days ago
St. Mary,s Plaza theatre Geelong .(Yarra St. Opposite the church). Delightful comfortable theatre with the big screen. $3 donation. Just enjoyed The Healing.
by pcull (score: 1|11) 2430 days ago
On Mondays Cinema Nova in Carlton is a great deal: $6.00 before

For an everyday great deal I recommend a membership at Palace which brings down the ticket price to $12
by (score: 1|11) 2428 days ago
Metro Boronia don't show old movies, they get new films every week, just like Village or Hoyts :)
by ellie (score: 0|2) 2225 days ago
Reading Cinemas - dandenong plaza - I think 4 or 6 screens , $10 for 2D $12.50 for 3D movies - there's a parents day on Wednesday - not sure if there are any further discounts that day
by dsham (score: 0|2) 2211 days ago
Croydon Cinemas are the best by far. Adult tickets $12.50, seniors $7.50. Sunday/Mondays after 6pm $6.00! Tuesdays $8.50 every session. There are also early bird and loyalty concessions. Great cinemas with prices to match.
by ellen (score: 0|2) 2064 days ago
Similar to Boronia, Croydon Cinema offers great value movie tickets ( school holiday family $32) , Kids $8 during school their snack prices are also very reasonable $8 Popcorn and drink package. They also sell cappuccino and wine as well as other snack and beverage items. We love our local!
Ticket Pricing

Adults $12.50
Children Under 16 $9.50
Concessions Present valid card $9.50
Seniors Present valid card $7.50
Families 1 adult & 3 children under 16 2 adults & 2 children under 16 $38.00
Tuesdays All movies, all sessions every Tuesday $8.50
$6 after 6PM All movies, all sessions after 6pm every Sunday & Monday night $6.00
Early Bird School Holidays Every School Holidays, all movies, all sessions starting prior to 11am $8.00
by walto (score: 0|2) 2457 days ago
Pinewood Cinema,
mt Waverley.
by juner (score: 0|2) 2601 days ago
If you are with Telstra - you can get tickets for as little as $11.00 when you book through telstra
by marym (score: 0|2) 2610 days ago
The Waverley Cinema - Pinewood - Mt Waverley Vic.
by janet (score: 0|2) 2610 days ago
Waverley Cinema is cash only and their website is awful - great prices though!
by annie (score: 1|21) 2609 days ago
Kino in the city. $8 on Mondays
by keli (score: 0|2) 2609 days ago
Noiva cinema carlton
by junem (score: 1|11) 2609 days ago
Plaza Cinema Croydon
by kh (score: 0|6) 2609 days ago
Palace cinemas' Kino (45 Collins Street, Melbourne) has an amazing deal on Mondays, just $8. Plus if you go to Village cinemas on Tuesday it is only $12. There are usually deals to be had Monday to Wednesday so it's worth checking. Enjoy!
by Hannah Turner (score: 0|2) 2608 days ago
Cameo Cinema Belgrave
by patlc (score: 0|4) 2610 days ago
Cheapest cinema is Dandenong's Plaza Reading's Cinemas. $10.00 2D and & $12.50 3D flat killer rate 24/7/365. No exclusions, no catches. Unbeatable.
by Pbaha (score: 0|2) 1781 days ago

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