Top 5 Independent Cinemas In Sydney

Cinemas In Sydney

Everyone loves a trip to the cinema, especially when it’s a cosy, independent cinema where you can order cocktails. We at BBM towers have found the top five boutique screens in Sydney, where you can watch recent releases and old classics. One of the best things about these independent cinemas is the price; the big multiplexes don’t give you much of an experience for your money, but that’s exactly what you get at a place like Govinda’s. Read on for the best cinemas to check out in Sydney.

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If you’re interested in sorting out your chakra whilst watching a film, then try out Govinda’s. This quirky little place is actually a vegetarian buffet restaurant complete with ‘The Movie Room’ upstairs, where you can lie down and relax on comfy cushions and take in the opulent surroundings before the film starts. And there’s a decent choice of films too. Govinda’s won the best vegetarian restaurant in Sydney in 2011, serving many dishes from chick pea dahl to cauliflower pakoras. The boutique cinema and restaurant is the perfect place to impress on a first date.


112 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst, NSW, 2010
02 9380 5155

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The Chauvel

Formerly the Paddington Town Hall Ballroom, The Chauvel still has the fully sprung dance floor underneath its cinema chairs. The range of films here is exceptional, from world cinema to independent releases to anything current; a trip to this cinema should leave you feeling fulfilled. There’s also a café on the second floor with beautiful views over Paddington that serves healthy popcorn cooked in olive oil and a choice of wine and beer. The Chauvel can also be hired out for private functions.


Corner Oxford Street & Oatley Road, Paddington
02 9361 5398

The Ritz

Built in 1937, The Ritz cinema is one of only two art deco cinemas remaining in Sydney with its elegant theatres. Although over the years more screens have been added to make it a multiplex, The Ritz is still family owned and independent. It is also able to boast one of the cheapest ticket prices around with an adult ticket being just $13. You can now see recent releases in style in one of the stunning auditoriums, with a cocktail in hand (served at the Ritz Lounge Bar). Perfect.


45 St Paul’s Street, Randwick
(02) 9399 5722

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Dendy – Opera Quays

Dendy has two locations in Sydney – one at the Opera Quays and the other on the trendy King Street in Newtown. Currently, at the Dendy at Opera Quays, you can take part in their Winter Wonderland season, which is showing classics such as Pride and Prejudice, starring Laurence Olivier, and Swing Time, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Dendy also shows modern blockbuster releases, which you can enjoy with an alcoholic beverage in their comfy chairs. A real favourite amongst cinema goers.


Shop 9, 2 East Circular Quay, NSW, 2042
(02) 9247 3838

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Mount Vic Flicks

This one is a bit out of the way, but if you can make it up there, it’s definitely worth it. Mount Vic Flicks is up Mount Victoria, 1043m high, and is as old-fashioned as you like. With ushers and a live piano player, the cinema is heated on those cold winter nights and has a delicious range of candy and snacks.


Harley Avenue, Mount Victoria, NSW, 2786
(02) 4787 1577

By Georgina Deacon


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