Grab The Popcorn, Here Are 13 Of The Best Cinemas In Brisbane
Action!By Dinushka Gunasekara | 3rd August 2023
There’s a reason why dinner and a movie continues to be the ultimate date – nothing beats a night at the cinema!
Whether you’re catching up on the latest box office hit or reliving the magic of a nostalgic favourite, the perfect movie experience is defined by where you watch it. Luckily, Brisbane is home to a plethora of A-list cinemas that are sure to have you soaking in the best until the credits roll. Here’s looking at you, kid!
Below, we’re shining the limelight on the best cinemas in Brisbane for when nothing smaller than the big screen will do.
By the way, we consider everyone in this list the best of the best! To make finding your next favourite that much easier, we’ve ordered the list alphabetically by suburb and also have filtering tabs for your convenience. Did we miss someone from the list? Let us know here! Hide the form
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- North Brisbane
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From blockbusters to arthouse films, Palace Cinemas is Brisbane’s premium viewing experience home to movie-loving staff, licensed cinemas, and the best choc tops in town! Palace James St is where you’ll find luxurious cinemas, fit with handcrafted chairs from Spain, while Palace Barracks boasts a floor-to-ceiling glass wall mezzanine with gorgeous city views – perfect for a drink over a pre- or post-film debrief. Throughout the year, Palace hosts iconic film festivals and opening night events to make a night at the movies truly one to remember, as well as the beloved PalaceEncore! that showcases retrospectives on all kinds of genres, directors, and eras of film. Do yourself a favour and join the Palace Movie Club, granting you access to tickets starting at $14, loyalty points, discounts, and even more reasons to book yourself a seat!
An icon for a reason, Reading Cinemas combines comfort with the best new and old flicks so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. From their elegant and spacious Gold Lounge to the next-level Titan Luxe featuring recliner seats, immersive sound, and a dine-in menu, Reading offers many ways to elevate your experience, alongside amazing value ticket prices and a jam-packed Candy Bar to get your fill.
Conveniently located and state-of-the-art to boot, Event Cinemas promises the ultimate cinematic experience all across Brisbane. With Gold Class, V-Max, and even 4DX viewing experiences, Event Cinemas certainly knows how to elevate movie night. Join their Cinebuzz member club for exclusive discounted prices on their movie of the week, plus collect points that will go towards future flicks! They even offer Saver Sessions for when you want to enjoy the show while saving a buck.
Arguably Queensland’s best value cinema, Cineplex offers the biggest blockbusters and more with tickets starting from as little as $7 – score! Dedicated to ensuring they offer the lowest prices in town so you can enjoy the films you love any day of the week, Cineplex also offers the best deals in their Candybar meaning you can enjoy the popcorn, choc top, and a drink without breaking the bank.
All about sharing the magic of the big screen, Hoyts strives to deliver the future of cinema in everything they do. Housing their signature extra-comfy powered recliners in all their cinemas, up the ante with tickets to Hoyts Xtremescreen or Lux experience that combine the very best of comfort and technology. Plus you can forget the average candy bar – at Hoyts you’ll be visiting Treat City which is nothing short of a sweet heaven.
Leading the way in the world of independent cinemas, Dendy makes a visit to the movies one you’re sure to love. Not only do they showcase the latest flicks and a Premium Lounge with signature dishes and delicious cocktails to whet your appetite, but Dendy also offers Dendy Arts – a world-leading program of theatre, art, and opera on screen. Make sure to become a Club Dendy member for savings and exclusive offers, too!
Rosalie Village’s resident cinephiles welcome you to experience dinner, drinks, and a movie without leaving your seat! Dig into cheese platters, pizza, and hearty mains during the flick, with waiter service inside the cinema and semi-reclining seats for your comfort. The boutique cinema also offers private event packages like themed nights and cocktail parties so you can enjoy a different kind of soiree!
Returning in November for another summer under the stars, Moonlight Cinema brings beloved films to Roma Street Parkland, so you can relax with your crew amidst the lush surroundings. Pack your best picnic or take advantage of the bars on-site to keep you fuelled up. Moonlight Cinema is even dog-friendly so your four-legged pals can get in on the action!
Did you know QAGOMA is the only Australian art gallery with purpose-built facilities dedicated to film and moving images? The predominantly free screenings unlike anything you’ll see elsewhere, the Australian Cinémathèque showcases the work of influential filmmakers, international cinema, rare 35mm prints, recent restorations, and silent films with live musical accompaniment. As an associate member of the world’s leading film archives, this cinema gives you a rare opportunity to enjoy incredible masterpieces on Wednesday and Friday nights, as well as Saturday and Sunday matinees.
New Farm Cinemas
This hub of quality and cult cinema has been putting the best on show since 1921! Located in the heart of the New Farm Village Centre, you can expect a combination of mainstream movies and arthouse films with the latest in cinema projection, sound, and luxurious seating. Treat yourself to a flick in the Gold Rooms for full food and beverage service and plush reclining armchairs!
Elizabeth Picture Theatre
Tucked inside the heritage-listed Tara House which was originally built in 1879, the Elizabeth Picture Theatre will truly have you feeling a world away as you catch a movie in town. The five-screen complex also features three premium cinemas called The Royal Rooms – opulent spaces with luxurious reclining seats and full food and beverage services right in your seat. Pull your gaze away from the screen and you’ll see Tara House’s original ballroom ceiling in the Tara Room!
Red Hill Cinemas
This bustling spot has gone through many names and faces – from the Red Hill Picture Pops Theatre to the Red Hill Skate Arena – and is now home to the best blockbusters and arthouse flicks on the daily. With five refurbished and remodelled cinemas and charisma oozing out of every nook and cranny, treat yourself to a visit to the Gold Room with bites, toasties, and wood-fired pizza during the movie.
The place to be for the mature movie goer who wants more from their cinema experience, this boutique twin cinema is renowned for incredible arthouse and indie flicks – shown just like they did in the good ol’ days. Maintaining its charm from its first days as a theatre back in 1921, Regal Cinema is one you’ll want to visit on the reg to expand your movie horizons.