Are you visiting the Nelson Bay area and looking for something to do on a rainy day? Or perhaps you are counting down the days to see the latest chick flick, action blockbuster or school holiday movie? The best part about going to see a movie is that everyone loves it. From your toddlers to your grandparents, everyone loves to sit at a movie cinema and be swept away in the magic of movies. Of course, going to the movies now is a whole experience with reclining seats and surround sound, however, there are still little local cinemas dotted around the towns, keeping the industry alive.
Keep reading for your cinema options in the Nelson Bay area, as well as larger complexes outside the area. It all depends on the cinema experience that you're looking for...
Nelson Bay Cinema is a small local cinema, which feels like stepping back in time to your own childhood. There are 3 cinemas inside, with a small Candy Bar when you first walk in the door. You will find it at the end of the Cinema Mall on Stockton Street, opposite Woolworths. As it is a small venue, it does get quite busy on rainy days and school holidays, but it is a cute cinema that your kids will love. There are no reclining seats, food brought to your chair or fancy special effects, but it is a small, local business worth supporting. See here for details. For a full article on this cinema, see here.
Scotty's Raymond Terrace is another small local cinema located 40 minutes from Nelson Bay, with 5 cinemas inside. See here for details.
Hoyts at Green Hills Shopping Centre is located 55 minutes from Nelson Bay and it is the full cinema experience. This new, modern complex opened in 2018 and has 7 cinemas, with powered recliners in each one. There are two Xtremescreens with Dolby Atmos surround sound and also a premium dine-in cinema experience called HOYTS LUX. This LUX experience has a contemporary bar, in-cinema service, an extensive wine list and an exclusive menu designed by celebrity chef Manu Feildel! Whilst there, ensure you stay for lunch at The Courtyard for a range of international options. See here for Hoyts details.
Hoyts Green Hills. Image: Original images from Hoyts Green Hills Facebook
Events Cinemas at Westfield Kotara is another large cinema complex, located 55 minutes from Nelson Bay, depending on the traffic. It has 8 cinemas featuring Vmax screens and stadium-style seating. The entrance to the cinema is located up at The Rooftop, which also has a games arcade and international dining options, such as Kinn Thai, Noodle Hut, Zeus Greek and more. See here for Events Cinema details.
Reading Cinemas at Charlestown Square is located 1 hour from Nelson Bay, depending on the traffic. It is an 8 cinema complex, with a variety of different cinemas, features and ticket options. There is a Regular Cinema with comfortable chairs, a Premium Cinema with reclined seating and the Gold Lounge with a fully licensed Lounge bar, reclining armchairs and an in-cinema food and beverage menu. See here for Reading Cinema details. For a full article in this cinema, see here.
So which one will you visit today? Will you stay local, or fill up the car and go for a road trip to have the full cinema experience? Either way, going to the movies is the perfect rainy day activity - for all ages. Just don't forget the popcorn or the choc top...or both!