Level 1, 151 Baroona Rd, Rosalie Village
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The Blue Room is one of the more recent cinemas in Brisbane – it opened in early 2005. Located right in the heart of Rosalie, it is very similar to Event Cinemas' Gold Class in that there are only 3 cinemas and they only hold a small number of people. The cinema is licensed however so you can drink to your heart's content (in the rare instance that the movie is no good). The cinema does not yet have 3D projector.
Movie Quality & Range - 7 out of 10
The cinema has really improved in this area since its inception. They originally picked up films after they'd finished at the big multiplexes but not anymore. Almost all the films they show are fresh off the shelves. The Blue Room Cinebar also shows a few small films exclusively - you won't be able to see them at any other Brisbane cinemas. I like the fact that they're targeting a higher class of clientele and screen smaller, independent films (that don't necessarily appeal to a wide audience). The fact that they only have the 3 screens does limit the session times for each movie. Sometimes, they don't quite suit me.
Cinema Quality & Service - 9 out of 10
Very little to fault here. The cinema is located smack bang in the middle of Rosalie Village so there's a wide variety of top-notch restaurants if you're looking to dine. You can try a restaurant but if you want, you can eat at the cinema. Yep, that's right, the cinema serves a variety of meals which you can eat either in your seat or outside on the balcony (which overlooks Rosalie). The larger meals cost between $15 and $20 and you can find out more on their website.
The cinema itself is all class. Before the movie, you sit on the balcony or inside on the comfy couches and enjoy a drink. Then you can settle into the luxurious cinemas (although the two older screens are a little small) that have small tables between every second seat so you can put your plates and empty glasses. Even the coke is served in a glass as opposed to the usual paper cups! A perfect venue for an evening of romance or even with friends.
Price - 5 out of 10
The following pricing information is current as at December 2010.
| || ||Adult||Conce- |
| ||Fri, Sat Night||$21.50||$13.50|
| ||Tuesday Night||$10.00||$10.00|
| ||Other (day)||$17.50||$13.50|
· Tickets can be bought on-line through the cinema website for an additional $1 fee.
· There is allocated seating which can be very useful if you want to enjoy a drink before the film and not have to race in to secure a seat.
· Considering the quality of these cinemas, the above prices are excellent. You will often pay less than half of what you'd pay at Event Gold Class and get the same level of in-movie service. You'll save even more if you buy food and drink.
· The traditional candy bar offerings are available (drinks, chips, popcorn) but if you're off to the Blue Room Cinebar, you're better to take advantage of their wider range.
· You can small appetisers (cheese platters, dumpings, hot chips) or something more substantial (lasgne, fisherman's basket, curries). There are plenty of desserts too.
· The cinema is licenced and there are an array of premium beers and wines on offer.
· You can get even cheaper tickets if you join the special Movie Club. The cost is $10 per year for seniors/students and $20 per year for adults.
· There is also a free membership program whereby you can build up reward points to use on tickets down the track.
To check out my thoughts on other cinemas in Brisbane, click here.
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