Cinema Guide - Balmoral & Hawthorne Cinemas

261 Hawthorne Road, Hawthorne

162 Oxford Street, Bulimba

Balmoral Cinemas

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Both cinemas in the Hawthorne/Bulimba area are commonly owned so I've included them together here. The Balmoral is the larger of the two with 6 screens and the Hawthorne has just 3 screens. They've been around for a while.


Movie Quality & Range - 8 out of 10


In terms of quality, they are very good. Not only does the Balmoral show the latest blockbusters, they also show quite a few art-house releases that you might otherwise only see at the Palace or Dendy cinemas. If you're looking for the best variety in terms of quality and quantity, this is your venue.


Cinema Quality & Service - 6 out of 10


Each cinema has its own look and style which I am always a fan of. It adds character and is different from the standard multiplex feel. But the severe lack of leg room, old seats and concrete floors makes it in need of a face-lift.


You can't beat the location of the Balmoral as it's in the heart of many great restaurants on Oxford Street. The cinema also has its own Danesi Café which offers a main meal, movie ticket, coffee and dessert for only $27. Like the Southbank cinemas, you've got to get in early for tickets with its low prices. You'd hate to plan a lovely evening and see it ruined.


Price - 9 out of 10


The following pricing information is current as at December 2012.

Ticket Prices

Adult Conce-
Senior 60+

 Weekends &  Evenings $8.50 $6.50 $4.50

 Tuesdays $6.50 $5.50 $4.50
   Weekdays  (day session) $6.50 $5.50 $4.50
   Sunday (after  4pm) $7.50 $5.50 $4.50

 3D Sessions $13.00 $11.00 $9.00

· Tickets can be bought on-line through the Cineplex website for an additional $0.40 fee.

· Whilst tickets can be booked on-line, there is no reserved seating.  So it's best to get there early to ensure you get a good seat.

· This is easily the cheapest cinema in Brisbane (along with the others in the Cineplex chain).

Candy Bar

Small Medium Large

 Coke $2.10 $2.60 $3.40
   Popcorn $2.00 $3.00 $4.50

· Once again, these are the cheapest candy bar prices in Brisbane!


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