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Where to get cheap movie tickets in Melbourne

Here's the lowdown on how to get discount movie tickets every day of the week

Written by
Time Out editors
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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).

Where to see flicks for cheap

  • Film
  • Melbourne

This CBD cinema runs a whopper deal for cinema-goers. See your next arthouse flick or blockbuster on a Monday, when you can get $7 tickets as a casual. The larger Palace cinema group also runs specials at select cinemas on Tuesdays for casuals, or Wednesdays if you're a student.

The Astor Theatre
  • Film
  • St Kilda

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 $16 tickets on Magic Mondays and Fantastic Thursdays. You can also buy a Palace Movie Club membership for $13.50, which entitles you to free tickets and special offers.

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  • Film
  • Hawthorn

Discount day at Hawthorn’s Lido Cinema is Tuesday, where it’s $8 tickets for members and $12 for non-members. On Wednesdays, students can claim $8 tickets all day. Seniors can get $10 tickets before 4pm on weekdays if they're members, and $12 tickets if they're not members.

If you sign up for an annual Lido Membership ($21 per year for adults) you’ll also score generous discounts on tickets, invitations to members-only preview screenings and more.  This membership can also be used at Classic Cinemas in Elsternwick and Cameo Cinemas in Belgrave.

Coburg Drive-In
  • Film
  • Coburg North

For those keen on a nostalgic cinema experience, the Coburg Drive-In is brimming with the feeling of old-timey movie outings. Sign-up for the VRewards member program and get $17.50 tickets ($12 for seniors) and $40 carloads (max five people). 

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  • Film
  • Elsternwick

Classic Cinemas in Elsternwick also offers $8 tickets for members and $12 for non-members. On Wednesdays, students can claim $8 tickets all day. Seniors can get $10 tickets before 4pm on weekdays if they're members, and $12 tickets if they're not members.

If you sign up for an annual Classic Membership ($21 per year for adults) you’ll also score generous discounts on tickets, invitations to members-only preview screenings and more.  This membership can also be used at Lido Cinemas in Hawthorn and Cameo Cinemas in Belgrave.

Waverley Cinema
  • Film
  • Mount Waverley

The family-owned Waverley Cinema in Mount Waverley has tickets starting from as low as $9. 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.

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  • Film
  • Belgrave

The third of the family is Cameo Cinemas in Belgrave, which also offers $8 tickets for members and $12 for non-members. On Wednesdays, students can claim $8 tickets all day. Seniors can get $10 tickets before 4pm on weekdays if they're members, and $12 tickets if they're not members.

If you sign up for an annual Classic Membership ($21 per year for adults) you’ll also score generous discounts on tickets, invitations to members-only preview screenings and more.  This membership can also be used at Lido Cinemas in Hawthorn and Classic Cinemas in Elsternwick.

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More thrifty thrills

  • Things to do

They say the best things in life are free. We're not 100 per cent on board with that sentiment (have you had a perfectly prepared cocktail? That ain't cheap), but not everything in Melbourne has to cost a bunch of money. From art shows to wine tastings, there are a bunch of things to do in this fine city that you can do for free. Yep, free. Zilch. Nada. Zero dollars. 

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