While some movie lovers would happily watch a classic while sitting on a log in a remote jungle and still be content, there are many who find the decor, spirit and history of the cinema an essential element of their movie-going experience.
The rise of streaming services and the increasing affordability of home cinema setups has meant that the act of attending a cinema is no longer to be taken for granted by venue operators and the cinema industry.
Since it is no longer necessary to go out to see a movie with high quality sound and vision, and especially post-COVID, there’s an onus upon cinema owners to attract viewers back to their venues with something that their lounge rooms can’t offer.
It may be luxury seating; it may be historic movie paraphernalia adorning the foyer and bar; it may be on-site dining or cocktail-shaking bartenders. These 25 Australian movie theatres have something special—something beautiful about them that elevates the cinema experience beyond simply the film itself. Make it your plan to visit all of them, or perhaps to find a local gem that you weren’t aware of.
Main image credit: The Avoca Beach Theatre, Avoca Beach, NSW