Going to the movies is a favourite past time for many of us. Whether you love the old classics or new releases, the full food and beverage experience or the vintage theatre vibes, we’ve rounded up 5 of the best independent cinemas to visit in Brisbane.

The Elizabeth Picture Theatre | Brisbane CBD

The newly opened Elizabeth Picture Theatre is located in the heritage-listed Tara House, that was once the old Irish Club. The theatre is a five-screen complex with two of the cinemas located in the original ballrooms. The other three premium cinemas have reclining seats and a full kitchen and bar with seat service. There is an outdoor area for patrons to enjoy and plenty of art house and main stream movie options to choose from.


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Blue Room Cinebar | Rosalie

Blue Room Cinebar is the perfect place for dinner, drinks and a movie, all in one. With four boutique cinemas, a funky bar area and dining lounge, Blue Room Cinebar shows the latest releases and one-off special events like the Melbourne Cup and State of Origin games. With a delicious range of starters, meals and desserts, an extensive selection of wine, beer and cocktails and coffee and tea to be enjoyed before, during or after the movie, this hidden gem is an intimate cinema with a great vibe.


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The Lumen Room | Brisbane CBD

The Lumen Room, located in the Metro Arts Building, is a single screen retro cinema that brings a different range of movies to Brisbane. Showing a variety of independent Australian and international movies, documentaries and old favourites, with old-fashioned seating and a small selection of snacks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available for purchase, The Lumen Room offers a cinema experience like no other. It is also available for hire.

The Regal Twin | Graceville

Established almost 100 years ago in 1921, The Regal has evolved into a boutique twin cinema showing the finest British, European, Australian and foreign language films all at affordable prices. With a range of tasty snacks and cosy leather seats to kick back in, The Regal offers an amazing entertainment experience in one of the last truly independent cinemas in Brisbane.

Yatala Drive-In | Yatala

One of the only remaining drive-in theatres left in Queensland, the Yatala Drive-In is just a 30 minute drive from Brisbane City and offers a truly nostalgic movie experience. With two big screens and an old school candy bar for all your snacking needs, pack your blankets, pillows, even mattresses, jump in your car and enjoy a new release or classic movie under the stars.


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