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Top 3 Places For Dinner & Movie Date Nights in Canberra

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by Sue W (subscribe)
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Published January 21st 2018
For Valentine's Day & Saturday nights, all year around
The classic dinner and movie "date night" is a favourite with couples, at any time of the year. Every Saturday night around the world, couples are pouring over movie guides and deciding on what they want to see, where they want to see it and when they want to go. Although years ago it was fairly straight forward to go to the movies, now we have a huge amount of choices with reclining chairs, surround sound, 3D, premium seating and the option of food and wine delivered to our chairs! If you want to go out for dinner afterwards, couples then have to decide which restaurant to choose - and in Canberra, the choices are endless!

Here are just 3 suggestions for dinner and movie date nights in, and around Canberra. So clear the calendar and enjoy spending quality time with your loved one this date night, Saturday night or Valentine's Day. A night of decadence awaits...

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Enjoy popcorn, cheese platters and wine at Palace Electric Cinema. Image: Palace Electric Facebook

1. Palace Electric Cinema in the NewActon Precinct

This small cinema complex is ideal for a date night, as it is located in the architecturally-striking Nishi building in the NewActon precinct, surrounded by restaurants and bars. Palace Electric Cinema has 8 fully-licensed cinemas in the complex, so you can take a wine and cheese platter into the movie with you, for a romantic night for two. As well as the latest releases, they also offer art house movies, opera, ballet and a wide range of genres. The cinemas may not have reclining seats, but they are comfortable and new. See here for details.

Afterwards, you don't even have to leave the building to walk upstairs to Monster Kitchen and Bar for a nightcap or creative, inspired meal. The whole building has romantic, low lighting - which is actually a practical measure to meet the environmental standards of the building. The effect however, is sultry and moody. Alternatively, walk across the road and enjoy wine and tapas at Parlour, with local wines, cocktails, dessert wines and a long drinks list to choose from.

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Palace Electric Cinema - inside the award-winning Nishi building

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Seating inside Palace Electric Cinemas. Image: NewActon Precinct website

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Take the short walk from Palace Electric Cinema (at the back of the alley) to Parlour (on right)

2. Dendy Cinema in the CBD

This popular movie cinema is conveniently located in the heart of the CBD, on the top floor of the Canberra Centre shopping centre. There are 11 cinemas to choose from with comfortable seating - however if you want a luxurious experience, to impress that special someone, why not book a movie in the Premium Lounge and have reclining seats, a bar outside the cinema and food and wine delivered to your chairs! Tickets to the Premium Lounge are more expensive, but it is a popular way to enjoy a special night at the movies. See here for details.

Dendy Cinema is an ideal location for eating out afterwards, with some of the best restaurants in the city located just down the escalators to the ground floor of the Canberra Centre. The North Quarter dining area features Jamies Italian, Hero Sushi Train, PappaRich, Sammy's Kitchen, CBD Dumping House, Cream Cafe and Bar and many more. See here for details. If you would prefer to skip dinner and just go for dessert, also look for Koko Black, Via Dolce and Oliver Brown, which are also in the area.

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Reclining seats and meals and drinks delivered to your chair at Dendy Premium Lounge. Image: Dendy Cinema website

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If you don't eat at the movies, there are a wide range of popular restaurants in the North Quarter dining precinct, below

3. Hoyts - Belconnen and Woden

Hoyts movie cinemas in Canberra are located at Belconnen and Woden and both have reclining seats and surround sound in all their cinemas. If you have had a long week, putting your feet up and watching a movie with a loved one on date night, is simply priceless. These cinemas can get quite crowded, so avoid the queues and buy your tickets online before you get there.

If you are looking for dinner before or after the movie, both venues have a Rashays restaurant next to the cinemas, Chong Co in the complex and Grill'd burger joints nearby (check out their movie and dinner deal!) See here for restaurants at Belconnen and here for Woden. If you are at Woden in particular, why not visit San Churro Chocolateria and share a dessert after the movie, for a romantic end to the night. If you are trying to find Chong Co and more restaurants in Woden, walk to the opposite side of the shopping centre, on Corrina Street, for Vietnam House, Au Lac Vegetarian Cuisine, Chinese Kitchen Dumpling House, Flavours of India and Turkish Pide House.

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Put your feet up in all of Hoyts cinemas! Image: Hoyts website

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Look out for the movie and dinner deal at Grill'd, Woden and Belconnen (Terms and Conditions apply - not valid after 5pm Saturdays. Add sides to your burger, such as chips and drinks for an extra cost)

Canberra has two other choices, which also offer an enjoyable date night experience. Event Cinemas in Manuka is another popular choice as most of their 6 cinemas are licensed and then afterwards, couples have dozens of restaurants to choose from in the Manuka dining precinct. Further south is the good value prices of Limelight Cinemas in Tuggeranong, which has 8 cinemas in their complex and a few good restaurants downstairs to choose from, including Asian Noodle House and Street of Asia.

It doesn't matter if you're 25 or 75, dinner and a movie is always a good choice for a date night with a loved one. Everyone enjoys the thrill of watching a movie on the big screen, followed by good food and good company - and maybe even a touch of romance...

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Image: Limelight Cinema Tuggeranong Facebook (Lady and The Tramp Disney series)

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Why? The perfect combo for a romantic night for two
When: See individual websites for session times
Phone: Palace Electric - 02) 6222 4900
Where: Palace Electric - 2 Phillip Law St, Canberra ACT 2601
Cost: See individual websites for session prices
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