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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...
Enjoy popcorn, cheese platters and wine at Palace Electric Cinema. Image: Palace Electric Facebook
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.
Palace Electric Cinema - inside the award-winning Nishi building
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.
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.
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...
Image: Limelight Cinema Tuggeranong Facebook (Lady and The Tramp Disney series)