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Top 5 Movie Theatres in Adelaide's Homepage

Top 5 Movie Theatres in Adelaide

Movie selection - We chose movie theatres that screen a good range of genres and don't only focus on mainstream films.
Facilities - We evaluated the facilities, including the screen, the sound system, the seats, the toilets and the parking.
Food and beverages - We selected movie theatres that offer tasty food and drinks.
Fairness of price - We picked movie theatres that offer tickets at a price reasonable for the overall experience provided.

1. HOYTS Cinema Norwood

HOYTS Cinema Norwood's Homepage

Movie selection: Mainstream, classic, foreign, indie, kids’ programs, live music screenings

Website: https://www.hoyts.com.au/cinemas/norwood/

Address: 185 The Parade, Norwood, SA 5067

Contact Details: (08) 8427 1700

Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday: 9:45 AM – 11:30 PM

Google Reviews score4.3/5
Total reviews5/5
Score consistency 4.6/5
Movie selection5/5
Food and beverages4.5/5
Fairness of price4/5


  • Comfortable and reclining seats
  • 3-hour free parking
  • Easy online ticketing process
  • Screens a large number of movies


  • Expensive
  • Lots of advertisement

As one of the world’s leading entertainment corporations, HOYTS currently operates over 50 movie theatres around Australia and New Zealand.

Among their many theatres in South Australia, the Norwood branch is our favourite.

What we love most about HOYTS Norwood is the comfortable seats in the theatre rooms. The seats can be reclined, and there’s enough legroom for customers, allowing customers to relax better.

We also love how easy it is to purchase a ticket online. There’s not much fuss, and the process on the website is pretty straightforward.

There are also ticket purchasing screens at the theatre if you weren’t able to purchase online.

Another great thing about this movie theatre is they offer 3-hour free parking as long as you get your movie ticket validated.

Just note that if your car stays in the car park for more than 3 hours, you’ll have to pay for the excess time.

As for the movies playing in the theatre, HOYTS offers a wide range of films, from blockbuster movies to indie films.

The ticket prices, however, are high compared to other movie theatres in the area. Tickets for adults usually cost around $21 and $16.50 for kids.

Even the food and drink prices are significantly higher than what you’d expect from cinemas.

There are also a lot of advertisements before the film. Sometimes, the movie doesn’t start at the scheduled time because of ads, which can be frustrating, especially when you don’t want to go over the 3-hour mark for free parking.

2. Capri Theatre

Capri Theatre's Homepage

Movie selection: Cult classic, contemporary, arthouse, pipe organ recitals

Website: http://www.capri.org.au

Address: 141 Goodwood Rd, Goodwood, SA 5034

Contact Details: (08) 8272 1177, [email protected]

Operating Hours: Actual time depends on the movies playing in the theatre.

Google Reviews score4.7/5
FB Reviews score4.9/5
Total reviews5/5
Score consistency 4.8/5
Movie selection4/5
Food and beverages4.5/5
Fairness of price5/5


  • Heritage cinema
  • Organ playing before the evening sessions
  • Contemporary and cult classic films
  • Free parking
  • Reasonable price


  • Old facilities
  • Seats aren’t that comfortable
  • There are better sound systems out there

Capri Theatre is a heritage-listed movie theatre in Goodwood that offers cult classics and live organ recitals.

The movie theatre is also home to the famous Wurlitzer Organ. It was installed by the Theatre Organ Society of Australia in 1983 and is currently the second-largest organ in the Southern Hemisphere.

We love that the theatre plays the organ before the evening sessions on Tuesdays to Saturdays, providing the customers with a nostalgic old-time atmosphere.

We also love that the tickets at the movie theatre are reasonably priced. Since it’s a non-profit theatre, they only charge customers an amount that will be used for the maintenance of the cinema and the organ.

There is also a lot of free street parking around the movie theatre, so you don’t have to worry about where to park.

The only downside would be the cinema’s facilities. As it was established in the 1960s, the cinema is old and quite rundown.

Additionally, the sound system isn’t as great as the other modern cinemas out there.

3. Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas

Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas's Homepage

Movie selection: Mainstream, classics, biographical films, foreign-language, live music screening, arthouse

Website: https://www.palacenova.com.au

Address: 3 Cinema Place, Adelaide SA 5000

Contact Details: (08) 8125 9312, [email protected]

Operating Hours: Depends on the movies being screened in the theatre

Google Reviews score4.4/5
Total reviews5/5
Score consistency 4.7/5
Movie selection5/5
Food and beverages4.5/5
Fairness of price4/5


  • Has the largest screen in Adelaide
  • Large range of films
  • Allocated seats
  • Street parking and paid parking are available


  • Technical problems often happen
  • Cinema’s overall cleanliness can be improved

With a wide range of films and 12 gorgeous cinemas, moviegoers will surely have a blast in Palace Nova Eastend.

The movie theatre offers mainstream blockbusters, classics, arthouse films, and more, so they can cater to the different preferences of various customers.

What impressed us the most about this movie theatre is The ExiMax, the largest screen in Adelaide. The cinema offers an experience you’ll never find anywhere else, so we fully understand why everyone won’t stop gushing about it.

We also love that they allocate seats when you purchase tickets, so getting a seat in the section you want is much easier.

There are also several parking spots available around the street. If you’re uncomfortable leaving your car on the street, there is also paid parking near the movie theatre.

As for the factors we’re disappointed about, it will be the technical problems and the theatre’s cleanliness.

We hope they’ll take care of the technical aspect of the cinema since there were several problems. Sometimes, the screen would turn black for a long time, and the sounds only came from one speaker, making the experience less enjoyable.

There were also instances when the popcorn kernels were scattered on the floor or the cups of drinks were left on the seats, so we also wish they could be more consistent with cleaning.

4. The Piccadilly

The Piccadilly's Homepage

Movie Selection: Mainstream 2D and 3D films

Website: https://wallis.com.au/piccadilly/

Address: 181 O’Connell St, North Adelaide, SA 5006

Contact Details: (08) 8267 1500

Operating Hours: Depends on the movies playing in the theatre

Google Reviews score4.4/5
FB Reviews score4.2/5
Total reviews4.5/5
Score consistency 4.4/5
Movie selection4.5/5
Food and beverages4.5/5
Fairness of price5/5


  • Historic cinema
  • Close to the city
  • New refurbished
  • Competitive price


  • Uncomfortable chairs
  • The sound system isn’t the best

The Piccadilly is a historic cinema that has been around since 1940.

It’s recently refurbished to compensate for the wear and tear it suffered through the years. They maintained the old and retro style of the interior, so those who love the cinema’s nostalgic atmosphere don’t have to worry.

What we love about this movie theatre is its location. The movie theatre is just on O’Connell Street, just over 5 minutes away from the CBD, which is convenient for moviegoers.

We also love how competitive the price is. An adult ticket costs about $17 and $15 for a child or student.

These prices are relatively reasonable considering other cinema’s location.

The only drawbacks would be the chairs and the sound system.

There isn’t much legroom for customers, and the seats are also quite stiff compared to the ones you’ll find in modern cinemas.

The sound system also leaves customers wanting more. It’s quite low, so it doesn’t offer the best experience for sci-fi and action films.

Nonetheless, the historic charm of the cinema makes it the best venue for a romantic date.

5. Odeon Star

Odeon Star's Homepage

Movie selection: Mainstream, classics

Website: https://www.odeonstar.com.au

Address: 65 Semaphore Rd, Semaphore, SA 5019

Contact Details: (08) 8341 5988, [email protected]

Operating Hours: Depends on the movies playing in the theatre

Google Reviews score4.6/5
Total reviews4.5/5
Score consistency 4.5/5
Movie selection4.5/5
Food and beverages4/5
Fairness of price5/5


  • Affordable ticket price
  • Excellent customer service
  • Clean cinema
  • Old-style theatre


  • Uncomfortable seats
  • Poor seating layout
  • Limited screening

Odeon Star is a family-owned movie theatre in Semaphore that offers mainstream and classic films to its visitors.

Perhaps the best charm of the cinema is its retro decor that gives customers a chance to go back in time and enjoy some great films.

Their excellent customer service also impressed us immensely. The staff were very friendly, never forgetting to smile at the customers whenever they encountered them.

We also love how affordable the ticket prices are. The $10 ticket price for any session is significantly lower than other movie theatres and is also reasonable when you consider the seats and the seating layout.

This is because the seats are quite short and squeaky, leaving the customers uncomfortable throughout the show.

The seats in some cinemas are also on the same level, so if you’re at the back, it might be hard to enjoy the movie.

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