Indooroopilly, Chermside & Garden City Cinemas
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These three cinemas are Brisbane's biggest with a whopping 16 screens each. They are also some of the newer cinemas in the Event Cinemas chain. Chermside underwent a major refurbishment and opened in 2000. Indooroopilly's refurbishment finished in late 1998.
Movie Quality & Range - 7 out of 10
They do focus on the blockbusters but you might be surprised to find that they show quite a few quality art-house flicks. By having 16 cinemas, you won't find a bigger range in general. If a film has been out for a while and is not showing at most other cinemas, you can try looking here because it might still be showing.
Cinema Quality & Service - 5 out of 10
The service is one of the biggest reasons I avoid any Event Cinema. No matter what the time, there always seems to be queue. Waiting for a family in front to be served 6 cokes and 3 large popcorns really burns me up when I'm waiting for a single ticket and nothing more.
The candy bars have recently been upgraded and now have a self-serve policy. I can see they've done this to save on costs but I'm not a big fan.
At least the seats and the cinemas themselves are pretty good. If you want to pay a little extra, you can upgrade and see a movie in V-Max. It will cost you an extra $3 but it offers a wider seat and a wider arm rest. It's a hybrid between regular class and the very expensive gold class.
Price - 4 out of 10
The following pricing information is current as at June 2012.
| || ||Adult||Conce- |
| ||Regular Vmax ||$19.50||$16.50||$15.00|
| ||Regular 3D||$19.50||$16.50||$15.00|
| ||Regular 3D Vmax ||$22.50||$19.50||$18.00|
| ||Tuesday Vmax ||$11.00||$11.00||$11.00|
| ||Tuesday 3D ||$11.00||$11.00||$11.00|
| ||Tuesday 3D Vmax ||$14.00||$14.00||$14.00|
· You can add an extra $1 to the above amounts if you're seeing a movie at Chermside (as opposed to Indooroopilly and Garden City).
· Tickets can be bought on-line through the Event Cinemas website for an additional $1.10 fee.
· The great thing with booking on-line is that you can reserve a specific seat. This prevents you having to get to the cinema extra early so as not to be stuck in the front row.
· You can get some pretty good deals on Tuesdays but aside from that, there are no discounts available.
· Event Cinemas are on a par with Hoyts as the most expensive cinemas in Brisbane so it might be best to turn up on Tuesdays or secure a discount card (which is offered from time to time).
· Yep, these are the most expensive candy bar prices in Brisbane too!
· You can join the Cinebuzz Club free of charge which can be of use if you go to the movies regularly - you get 1 free movie for every 10 you see.
· It may sound like a reasonable deal but it's not that competitve when to compare it against the great offers provided by cinemas such as the Palace and Dendy.
To check out my thoughts on other cinemas in Brisbane, click here.
All Rights Reserved. Matthew Toomey. 2012.