TV & Movies

Your Ultimate Guide To Sydney’s Best Cinemas

By Mathew Trenear
23rd Mar 2018

Going to the movies isn’t as simple as it once was. Choosing between indoor, outdoor, luxe or vintage is always going to be a challenge so we suggest you make the rounds, start at the top of this list and work your way down one date night at a time. 

Here are all the best cinemas in Sydney. 

Golden Age 

Surry Hills

This ultra trendy boutique cinema and bar is located in the heritage listed Paramount Picture Building in Surry Hills. They’re nailing the 1940s vibe—from the bar to the cinema’s green velvet seats. Hosting two screenings a night as well as matinees on the weekend, you have no excuse to not head to Golden Age.



This iconic Sydney cultural hub is known for its diverse selection of films and has defs established itself in the Sydney cinema scene. In a big way. Take your pick of arthouse and mainstream flicks to catch after your drinks at one of the many bars. Don’t worry though, you can also buy a drink at the bar and take it into the movie with you—no man is left behind.

Roseville Cinemas


This cinema is a North Shore institution and they’ve been playing blockbusters and classics since the dawn of time (near enough). Seriously, it’s a classy establishment that’s been around since before the war and yes we do mean WWI. 

Skyline Drive-In


The drive-ins are a Sydney classic and if you haven’t been here on cheapy Tuesday for the double header (and brought your Cinebuzz card for an extra discount) then you really haven’t lived. It’s also the only cinema on this list where speaking through the entire movie is actually allowed. 

Palace Central 


Okay guys, this one may just be the cremé-de-le-cremé of cinemas in Sydney. A relatively new kid on the scene, they’ve already taken the cake, and then some. With 10 screens, 3 premium (read: fancy AF) cinemas and a few bars scattered throughout, Palace Cinemas Central Park Mall is the definition of opulence. They’ve got cheese boards, charcuterie, handmade choc tops and in-movie dumpling delivery too. Also, the popcorn at Palace is made with olive oil rather than butter so vegans can eat their weight in the good stuff (you all should). Should we all just move in now? 

Event Cinemas 

George Street

The classic go-to cinema we’ve all stumbled into on a rainy day, Event Cinemas on George Street has been there for all of us over the years. This one is a foolproof option because the popcorn is always buttery and the CBD location is ideal. 

Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace


For another blast from the past, head to art deco Hayden Orpheum. Here, you’ll be able to watch everything from French film festivals to Peter Rabbit and both sound pretty good to us. 

Ritz Cinema 


Ahem, Ritz Cinema in Randwick is the second art deco cinema still remaining in Sydney and basically, that just means it’s got a helluva lot of history and also, it’s a cheap night out. This place has one of the biggest cinema auditoriums in Sydney (who said size doesn’t matter?) and it’s basically just the best cinema in Sydney’s east.

Want more? Check out this list of Cult Movies To See Before You Die.

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