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Published August 12th 2014
Heading to the movies is a favourite pastime for many people wanting to spend time with friends and family, but it's not as affordable as we'd like. If you go to places like Event Cinemas and Hoyts, for example, you can pay around $20.00 to see a film, and who would do that if they didn't have to?
You'll see below that I've tried to compile a list of the cheaper alternatives in Perth, and while it doesn't seem to have many suburban and retro cinemas offering cheaper options, there are a few places out there where you won't quite pay as much.
The following cinemas are the ones I consider to be the best options. If you have your own opinions or think I've missed any, give us your advice below.
Cygnet Cinema: A little cheaper than normal, with tickets costing $16.00, Cygnet Cinema is a good choice if you live near Como. With only a single screen there isn't a big choice of movies but new releases are included in its schedule.
Reading Cinemas Belmont and Mandurah: Once again, a saving is a saving, and South of Perth at Reading Cinemas Mandurah you get to knock a few dollars off the typical cost of a movie and enjoy one for $17.50. Over at Belmont however, the Amazing August Value deal currently has prices sitting at $10.00 to $12.50.
United Cinemas Rockingham: Usually tickets at United Cinemas cost $18.00, which isn't hugely exciting, but at least it's a saving. However, there are some cinemas in this chain where the adult ticket price is a lot cheaper, and one of these is just outside Perth at Rockingham, where they're an amazingly cheap $9.00.
Other cinemas that don't quite cost $20.00 include those that form the Ace Cinemas chain, which you'll find in Midland, Subiaco (this one's under reconstruction) and Rockingham. Here you'll pay $18.00. At Grand Cinemas, at Armadale, Currambine, Joondalup, Warwick and Whitfords, the cost is $19.50.
As well as seeking out the cheapest ticket prices, there's always tricks like going on Tuesday or becoming a member of the cinema's loyalty club, which can have a big impact on prices.
I'm a movie buff recently arrived in Perth from Brisbane. One of the best movie theatres in Brisbane's South Bank area Cineplex only charges $8.50 and $6.50 during the week. Needless to say the movies are packed and they probably make their money on the food, drinks and lollies, as well as the high patronage rates.
I have found the best thing to do in Perth is to buy movie tickets from Perth's Entertainment Book which now has an online version. Movies for the Event Cinemas are only $12.00 purchased this way. Hope that helps other movie buffs.
I go to Luna Paradiso Cinema on cheap Tuesday and Luna leederville on cheap Wednesday between 0900-1800 for $9.50 (no other concessions, no exceptions) and they have an excellent film programme and spacious seating.
Reading at belmont currently has all normal tickets for $10
If you love going a lot....save money by joining infinite rewards online...$20 a year but 2 movie tickets and you have recouped that cost!...can buy movie tickets fir $8.50 for m- th sessions, varying prices after that but heaps cheaper
Also don't forget if you are a RAC member..cheap ticks too!
Well, times have changed at good old Cygnet Cinema, now run by the Grand group. Their prices appear to be on par with Hoyts - $15.00 child, $20.00 adult and no option of a family booking discount via their online booking system (not for a family of 3 anyway, which Hoyts does). I'm all for supporting smaller chains and local business, but when it's $42.00 versus $58.00... I mean, come on, that extra $16.00 would buy half a choc top and some stale popcorn!