One of my favourite pastimes is heading to the local cinema to check out the latest new release. Nothing beats sitting down with a frozen coke, stuffing your face with handfuls of freshly popped popcorn and drooling, I mean watching, a half-naked Ryan Gosling strut his stuff across the big screen.
Living on the northern end of the Gold Coast, my local cinema growing up was Reading Cinemas Harbour Town however, a few years ago, Australia Fair Cinemas introduced cheap movie tickets ($7.50 for students, $9.50 for adults and $20 for Gold Class- BARGAIN!) to entice movie goers back to their cinema. At the time I was a struggling uni student and my cinema of choice quickly became Australia Fair, as their cheap prices simply did not compare to the $14 I was expected to pay (as a student) at Harbour Town if I wanted to salivate, sorry, see Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow (it was worth driving an extra 10kms to get a cheaper movie ticket).
A friend of mine recently informed me that Reading Cinemas Harbour Town had revamped their prices and that their version of Gold Class was now only $20 (the same price as Australia Fair) and included a free soft drink and small popcorn (YUM!). I'm a big fan of free, so I conned a mate into seeing Total Recall (haven't seen the original, so cannot compare) with me and booked two tickets in their Gold Lounge.
When we arrived at Harbour Town and walked into Reading Cinemas, I was pleasantly surprised to see little had changed. Feeling somewhat like a celebrity, we made our way to the Gold Lounge area and were greeted by friendly staff that printed our tickets and informed us that we could collect our free drink from the bar at any time. They also explained that our popcorn would be brought to us in our seats (talk about service) and if we wanted to order any other food we simply had to before the movie started.
Like most Gold Class style cinemas, the Gold Lounge at Reading Cinemas Harbour Town was 'the ultimate luxury cinema experience', and now that Harbour Town has cheaper cinema prices, I definitely recommend it to all Northern Gold Coasters looking for an affordable cinema experience (Reading Cinema's Harbour Town now offer 2D tickets for $8.50, 3D tickets for $11 and Gold Lounge tickets for $20).