If you've been waiting for a good reason to check out the new Palace Central Cinemas complex in Chippendale then here are two. It's Oscar season, with a heap of the year's best movies all screening at once.... and the cinema is offering tickets for just $5 for the first seven days of February. The promotion applies to every screening excluding Palace Platinum sessions and special events.
Five! Freaking! Dollars!
This is a fantastic opportunity to catch up on the films you've been hearing about lately for chump change, such as Frances McDormand in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (7 Oscar nominations); Guillermo del Toro's latest dark fantasy The Shape of Water (13 Oscar nominations); and Gary Oldman's impressive portrayal of Winston Churchill in Joe Wright's Darkest Hour (6 nominations).
Let's not forget the new (last?) Daniel Day-Lewis movie Phantom Thread (6 nominations); Streep and Hanks in Spielberg's The Post (2 nominations); lavish romance Call Me By Your Name (4 nominations); and Australia's Margot Robbie, hilarious and touching alongside a scabrous Allison Janney, in I, Tonya (2 nominations).
And don't miss the Australian movie of the year, Warwick Thornton's terrific western Sweet Country, featuring Bryan Brown and Sam Neill.
Palace Central is a short walk from Central Station and the main bus stop, but if you are driving you can park at the Novotel Sydney Central in Thomas Street for just $8 if you get validation from the cinema. And you can pick up a cheap dinner at Spice Alley or Central Park Mall while you're there.
The $5 offer lasts from Thursday February 1 to Wednesday February 7. Oh, and you can buy a drink at the bar and take it into the movie – prosecco is just $5 for the whole week too. And finally, if you buy a box of popcorn ($6, $8 or $11), you can get unlimited refills.
See you at the movies.