If you’re anything like me, you are a bit of a movie tragic. As much as I love watching stuff from iTunes and streaming services like Quickflix, nothing compares to seeing a film up on the big screen. But with Australia’s movie prices as much as double that in the States, and Screen Australia’s chart of ever-increasing costs, it can be a pricy affair.
Here’s a few options for catching films for cheap (or free!) in Melbourne.
1. Cheap Movie Days
Mondays and Tuesdays are the best time to check out cheap movies. The larger chains tend to run their cheap movies on Tuesdays, with the exception of Dendy which also runs theirs on this day. Palace cinemas has their $7 movie days on Mondays, and cinema Nova runs $6 movies before 4pm and $9 after 4pm. 3D films are $13 all day (better than half-price!).
The ACMI specialises in running classic and arthouse film. They often run free showings, especially on Fridays. These can be popular however, so make sure you arrive at least half an hour before. If you’re early, just check out some of their free exhibitions.
3. Museums, Libraries, Shopping Centres
Think outside of the multiplex! The National Gallery of Victoria offer a selection of documentary, indie and experimental film experiences for nix, the Southgate Deckchair Cinema offers occasional screenings for free, and the NGV and Ian Potter Centre offer classic and art-based film screenings. If you’re an AFL fan, games are often screened live in Fed Square.
4. Movie Clubs
Consider joining a movie club for cheaper deals everyday. Cinema Nova’s is $12 for a year-long pass, which gets you into movies for $11 for you and a friend. Palace Cinemas offer a yearly membership for $19 which gets you in for $13.50, plus a free ticket when you join or renew, and another on your birthday. They run some great family deals too.
5. Drive-in movies
If you fancy taking a carload to a film, Coburg’s iconic outdoor cinema could be just the ticket. Tickets on Mad Mondays are a mere $8 per adult, or $20 for a carload, and kids under 12 get in free. Awesome sauce!