Penny pinching doesn’t have to mean missing out on new release flicks. We’ve done the hard yards and found cheap cinema tickets all across Melbourne, from discounted days to epic movie club perks. Now with all that cash you’ve saved you might be able to splurge on a choc top – because what’s a movie without a little treat?
On the hunt for a bargain? Take a look at more cheap things to do in Melbourne. Or take a squiz at Melbourne’s best-looking cinemas (because it’s not just the movie that makes cinema-going experience memorable).
Flicks for cheap
This CBD cinema runs a whopper Monday deal for cinema-goers. See your next arthouse flick or blockbuster on a Monday when tickets are $9.50 all day.
Also, for $18.50 a year you can become a Palace Movie Club member, which means cheap tickets, a birthday bar voucher, early bird ticket offers and more. It’s available at all Palace cinemas, including the Astor (see below).
Melbourne’s largest independent movie complex runs cheap Monday deals. Head along on Mondays for $7 tickets before 4pm, $10 tickets after 4pm and $13 3D tickets all day.
Also consider joining up for a Nova Privilege Membership ($13 for one year) and you’ll receive year-round discounts, special rates for new releases, monthly discounted advance preview screenings and invitations to special events.
Not only will you find a welcome breadth of features screening in this pint-sized Yarraville cinema, you can also score discount tickets at the start of the week. Tickets at the Sun Theatre are $12 on Mondays and Tuesdays.
The Astor is a cinema in the grand, old manner, meaning it’s actually the last single screen cinema of its kind in continuous operation in Melbourne. You can revel in the glory of this beautiful relic with cheap tickets throughout the week: there are $15 tickets on Magic Mondays and Fantastic Thursdays.
For those keen on a nostalgic cinema experience, the Coburg Drive-In is brimming with the feeling of old-timey movie outings. Head there on a Monday for a Mad Monday offer: adults and concessions are $10 and carloads (max five people) are $25. Plus, kids under 12 get in free all year round.
Films are shown every day except Christmas Day at this four-screen drive-in theatre. Celebrate it in all its 1956 glory with bargain Tuesday tickets: $10 per person, and you can add on a second film for $5 each. Plus, carload tickets are just $25 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday – if you can squish in the max (seven people seated legally, of course) it’s just under $3.60 per person.
Discount day at Hawthorn’s Lido Cinema is Tuesday where it’s $8 tickets before 4pm and $10 after. On Wednesdays, students can claim $8 tickets all day.
If you sign up for an annual Lido Membership ($12) you’ll also score generous discounts on tickets, dining discounts at local restaurants, invitations to members only preview screenings and more. The cherry on top? You’ll also score $4 house wines on Thursdays. This membership can also be used at Classic Cinemas in Elsternwick and Cameo Cinemas in Belgrave.
Elsternwick's Classic Cinemas do a ripper discount Tuesday deal, too. Grab some pals and get amongst $8 tickets before 4pm and $10 tickets after. Students can also take advantage of $8 tickets all day on Wednesdays.
Standard tickets at Reading Cinemas are always $11. Let us repeat that: they are always $11. What a bargain. If you feel like getting a little fancier, premium tickets are always $16 and gold tickets are $24. Borrow your mate's car and head out to their outposts in Chirnside Park, Dandenong, Epping, Melton, Sunbury and Waurn Ponds.
The family-owned Waverley Cinema in Mount Waverley have tickets starting from as low as $7. Check the (adorably outdated) website for their weekly cinema specials of new release movies for lower ticket prices. The best part? The maximum you’ll pay is $11.