Cinemas on the Gold Coast

There are several Gold Coast multiplex cinemas that provide holiday visitors and locals alike with the wonderful opportunity to forget about your own life and enter into someone else's world for a few hours; the world of story.

And with a range of genres to choose from and stories to be told in the new films being released every week, you're bound to find a movie and playing session that suits your needs.

So shift your emotional state & escape to the movies. Immerse yourself in the story and let your imagination reign free; laugh out loud, or sit on the edge of your seat as you watch the drama unfold.

For a unique, intimate movie experience, you could visit the Sanctuary Cove theatre, which boasts a small but elegant lounge, licensed bar, and balcony dining while taking in your favourite film.

And end the afternoon or evening with a stroll along the Sanctuary Cove marina and shopping centre afterwards.

And how many years is it since you last went to see a film at the drive-in?

Collage Artwork, Gold Coast Cinema JC

Or if your kids have never had this pleasure, why not take a step back in time and treat both them and yourself to an experience from the bobby-sox era?

I well remember my first drive-in experience as a kid, and the excitement of seeing Grease with Olivia Newton John and John Travolta. I still love that movie! And your kids will remember their first time to the drive-in, too.

The only drive-in in South East Queensland is situated at Yatala, 35 minutes north of Surfers Paradise.

This drive-in theatre continues to provide a double feature of newly released films for the price of one, with free entry for kids under 6 years! How's that for good old-fashioned value and entertainment?

They also offer other family specials, including $25 per car, for up to five people.

You may listen to the movie via the traditional window speakers (which have definitely improved in sound quality over the years!), or tune your radio to 99.9FM FIELD 1 or 105 FM FIELD 2 in FM stereo.

Most other Gold Coast cinemas (refer right hand column) are located in or near busy shopping centres and restaurants.

If you choose a daytime film session, you can eat lunch at the food court in the shopping centre, which offers a variety of cuisines.

And in the evening, why not combine the film with dinner in one of the many Gold Coast restaurants?

Or, at the very least, enjoy coffee and dessert in an intimate cafe afterwards, where you can critique the film and relive your favourite parts.

If you like to indulge in some extra luxury every now and again, upgrade your regular movie ticket and treat yourself to the Gold Class / Gold Lounge cinema experience while on your Gold Coast holiday.

Gold Class patrons are seated in exclusive executive armchairs in a lounge area separate from the regular theatre seats. You'll have access to all the popcorn, soft drinks and tea/coffee that you can manage.

Meals may be available and served to you at the time you request, and you may order alcoholic drinks from the licensed bar.

Gold Class cinema is movie-going luxury at its best, and well worth pampering yourself for.

Currently, three Gold Coast multiplex cinemas offer the Gold Class/Gold Lounge cinema experience: Birch, Carroll & Coyle cinemas at Australia Fair, Southport and Robina Town Centre; and Readings multiplex at Harbour Town shopping centre in Biggera Waters.

Candy Bar at Gold Coast Cinema JC

What else is on offer by way of the movies in South East Queensland?

In the school holiday seasons, the Drive-In and several theatres usually run all-night 'movie marathons', where you can see 3-4 recent films one after the other!

This is a fun all-nighter, with the upside of getting to see several great films on the big-screen at a great price - you just need to keep your eyes open to watch them all!

Australia has one of the highest movie-going populations in the world (84.6 million film tickets were sold in 2008), so selling film tickets is big business, and very competitive.

Most movie theatres have reduced-price admission days (typically on a Tuesday), and often run promotions on the back of shopping dockets at the supermarket.

So keep an eye out for these discounts, or check with the various Gold Coast cinemas re special offers they may be running.

It's worth singling out Nerang Cinemas, as they offer the cheapest cinema tickets on the Gold Coast. Adult tickets are $8-$10, student tickets are $7-$8, and child / Seniors / concessions are $6.50.

Finally, another way to get a good deal on movie tickets is to buy a book of 10-20 tickets from a large chain, such as Birch Carroll &Coyle or Village Cinemas. Although you have to pay upfront for all the tickets, the individual cost per ticket is lower than the retail price.

And if you don't use all the tickets while on your Gold Coast holiday, you can use the balance at the cinema chain in your hometown.

Film sessions may be found on the movie theat™res' websites, or in the Gold Coast Bulletin newspaper.

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Nerang Cinemas sell the cheapest Gold Coast cinema tickets - they're so cheap, it's worth listing them separately:
- Daytime sessions beginning before 5pm (excl 3D): Adults: $8, Students: $7, Child/ Seniors/ Concesions: $6.50
- Sessions beginning after 5pm (excl 3D): Adults: $10, Students: $8, Child/ Seniors/ Concesions: $6.50

All other cinemas:
Adults (aged 15+): $13-$17
Student/Concession: $9-$14
Child/Senior: $9-$13
- Most cinemas offer cheap tickets on Tuesday, from $8-$10

Gold Lounge (Reading): $26 per ticket
Gold Class (BC&C): $34 per ticket
Toilets, snacks & refreshments.
Wet Weather
Gold Coast theatres are all indoors;
Yatala drive-in operates in wet weather (you may need to use windscreen wipers in heavy downpours).
Operating Hours
7 days a week. Session times vary across cinemas, and may run from ~ 9.30am through to ~ midnight.
2-3 hours, depending on length of movie.
Handy Hints
- The Gold Coast Weekend Bulletin lists details of session times and provides a short review and rating for all movies that are currently showing.

Yatala Drive-in:
- Friday and Saturday nights are busy, so aim to arrive early to find a good parking space.
- Tall vehicles are requested to park in the last few rows, so as not to obstruct the views of others.
- Outdoor chairs are allowed, and must be placed in front of your vehicle (bring a portable radio to listen to the FM sound).
How To Get There
Refer to map below.
Further Info
Refer cinema operator table below.

Australian Multiplex Cinemas
Tweed City Shopping Centre
54 Minjungbal Drv, Tweed City
Tel 07-5523 3321
BC&C Australia Fair
Australia Fair Shopping Centre
Scarborough St, Southport
Tel 07-5571 2666
BC&C Coolangatta
Showcase On The Beach
Cnr Griffith St & Warner St, Coolangatta
Tel 07-5536 9300
BC&C Pacific Fair Shopping Centre
Cnr Hooker Blv & Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach
Tel 07-5572 2666
BC&C Robina
Arbour Lane, Robina Town Centre
Tel 07-5575 9955
Cinemax Cinemas
60 Marine Pde, Kingscliff
Tel 02-6674 4422
Gold Coast Arts Centre
135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise
Tel 07-5588 4008
Nerang Cinemas
Earle Plaza
Cnr White & Price St, Nerang
Tel 07-5502 0222
Reading Cinemas
Harbour Town Shopping Centre
Cnr Oxley Drv & Gold Coast Hwy, Biggera Waters
Tel 07-5500 9700
Village Theatre
Masthead Way, Sanctuary Cove
Tel 07-5577 8999
Yatala Twin Drive-in Theatre
100 Stapylton Jacobs Well Road (Exit 38), Stapylton
Tel 07-3287 2930

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