Whether you want to watch the latest festival hit with your significant other, have a girls night out with your squad checking out the latest chick flick or catch a classic from the Golden Age of cinema, this compilation got you covered. Here are The 8 Best Arthouse Cinemas in Sydney.
1) Dendy Opera Quays
Dendy Opera Quays is just a few steps away from the Sydney Opera House right on the promenade in Circular Quay. It’s a complex with three cinemas offering midcult and arthouse gems. Dendy Opera Quays is also fully licensed, so you can take a bottle of wine in the screening room and enjoy a luxurious night out with your Mr or
2) Palace Chauvel Cinema
Palace Chauvel Cinema aka The Chauvel is part of the Palace Cinemas chain. It is located in the old ballroom of Paddington Town Hall, and its selection is up to the task of bringing fresh cinematic art into this lovely area of Sydney. The Chauvel offers current releases and vintage films completed with a classy bar where you immediately get the vibe of the French New Wave. Then there is the Chauvel Cinematheque, a curated film club of arthouse classics. If you happen to have a cinephile friend in town, just bring her to The Chauvel. She’ll be right.
3) Ritz Cinema
There are two original art deco cinemas in Sydney. Ritz Cinema is proudly one of them. The building itself is restored to its former 1930s glory. The interior still has its old-fashioned ambience. Plus the cinema is still family-owned. With six screens, an impressive sound system and affordable ticket prices the Ritz is not going anywhere. It has been and still is one of the best arthouse cinemas in Sydney. An excellent venue for catching the latest releases or screaming your heart out on a Rocky Horror Picture Show sing-along with your gay best friend. Don’t forget to grab an icecream from the traditional candy bar. You don’t need more for happiness on a Tuesday night out.
4) The Movie Room
I must say that The Movie Room is a bit of an odd one. It’s a solo screening room located in Darlinghurst as part of a vegetarian restaurant called Govinda’s. What you’ll find here is the basic concept of dinner and a movie under one roof. Generally, there are three movies on offer each night and a wide selection of veggie gourmet food. The Movie Room is a Sydney institution for sure. It could be a perfect date night if you’re ready to roll with it, but save it for a special occasion like an anniversary or birthday. It might be a teeny tiny bit too much on a first date.
5) Palace Verona
Palace Verona is a cute boutique cinema with four screens and a cosy bar where Sydney’s artsy intellectuals hang out. If you want to watch a quirky Australian independent movie with your best pal, this is the place to visit. Make sure to give enough attention to the wine list, since Palace Verona is a fully licensed little gem. With its curated line-up of foreign-language films, Aussie indies and exclusive recordings of stage shows, it surely is one of the best arthouse cinemas in Sydney. In the rare case of not finding anything you would fancy, it’s good to know that Palace Verona’s sister cinema The Chauvel is just around the corner.
6) Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace
The Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace is not only grandiose in its name but in its heritage too. It is one of the remaining art deco cinemas next to the Ritz. It has been around since your grandparents day. Oh girl, and it does look impressive with six screening rooms, velvet curtains and deep red decor, a Wurlitzer cinema organ and the showstopper 744-seat Orpheum. The selection of films is for gourmands only with arthouse and foreign movies showing exclusively at any given night. The Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace is restored to its former glory, and the interiors alone are worth the trip. Take your classy friend out for a glorious night to a place that feels like the Golden Age of Hollywood.
7) Golden Age Cinema
Speaking of which, the Golden Age Cinema and Bar is an underground establishment in the stunning Paramount Picture Building. The building was constructed as the offices of Paramount Pictures with the original cinema in the basement for the previewing of movies to cinema owners. Nowadays, the old screening room serves as a boutique cinema with an adjoining dimly lit bar. The Golden Age Cinema showcases both classic films and new releases. It’s an ideal place for a very first rendezvous with drinks after the movie. Bring your next Tinder date here. I promise you won’t regret it. I mean the place, the meetup I cannot know.
8) Dendy Newtown
As one of the best arthouse cinemas in Sydney, the Dendy Newtown lies right at the heart of the Inner West. It is a popular destination for the hipster crowds of the area. With many trendy bars, cafés and restaurants surrounding the building, the Dendy stands there to provide food for the mind and heart instead. It also hosts special events like the Hola Mexico Film Festival or Queerscreen. So it’s high time to take your stylish mates for a night out and enjoy this particular gem of Newtown that is the Dendy.
So these are The 8 Best Arthouse Cinemas of Sydney that I know and love. What are your favourite places to go for your regular fix of quality movies? Do you miss a particular site from my list? I would like to hear your thoughts and opinions in the comments, so please do not keep the fun stuff to yourself. I promise I’ll pass it all on.
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