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Where Can You Watch a Movie For Free in Brisbane?

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Published December 6th 2019
A trip to the movies is a fun way to spend a few hours but the cost of blockbuster cinema screenings can make the trip prohibitively expensive, especially if you have children. Never fear - WeekendNotes is here, with a list of free movie options throughout Brisbane. The only thing you need to pay for is your snacks.

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It's no big surprise that our Cultural Centre is a good place to start for free movies, with the State Library of Queensland and the Gallery of Modern Art both offering free film events.

The Australian Cinematheque at Gallery of Modern Art offers weekly screenings of rare and unusual films. Foreign movies, documentaries, avant-garde and even silent movies with live musical accompaniment are some of the examples you might find on the schedule. The Cinematheque sometimes works in tandem with the gallery, so if you're lucky, your movie might have an exhibition element to explore afterwards. Australian Cinematheque screens movies on Wednesday and Friday nights, and Saturday and Sunday matinees.

Only a few steps over, the State Library of Queensland also provides free movie screenings, offering a calendar that includes mainstream hits like Wolf Creek and more unusual options such as a documentary about paper conservation.

Brisbane City Council libraries also provide their members with access to Kanopy, a free streaming service. Use your library card number to access up to 10 screenings a month, from a selection that includes blockbusters, indie and foreign films, TV shows, documentaries and children's entertainment.

For a free family night out closer to home, check out the line up at Free Movies in the Park. Another Brisbane City Council free cinema initiative, Movies in the Park screens family-friendly recent release movies on outdoor screens throughout Brisbane. BYO blanket and picnic and get there early to grab a good spot.

As well as their regular events, Brisbane City Council hosts a variety of special and one-off events. For more free cinema options, check out their website.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary also offers free al fresco movies. The outdoor cinema runs on the second and fourth Friday of the month and takes place outside the Riverside Cafe, so the entrance fee doesn't apply. Lone Pine also offers free parking and a range of food truck options. Dogs are welcome but must remain on a leash. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for movie listings.

If none of those options appeals, why not start a film club? You'll get full control over the movie you watch and if you share the hosting duties with the members, you'll get several free events for the price of one.

And now it's over to you, our trusty readers. What's your best free film tip?
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