Brisbane, Queensland, Australia is home to cinema which is chiconomical, big-screen, free, scrumptious – and pretty irresistible. Rebecca Sparrow takes a look.

When you travel you’re all about embracing the new, right?  Braving the Louvre crowds in Paris.  Risking your life in a  tuk-tuk in Bangkok.  Trying to get home before curfew at your pensione in Florence.   But sometimes it’s nice to have a little fix of your favourite things to keep homesickness at bay.  The Apple Cinnamon scent of your favourite candle.  A photo of your family to keep in your pocket.  A little bit of Brad.  Or Woody.  Or Liam.
There’s no shame in catching a flick while you travel. Mix with the locals and realise that love for George Clooney is the true international language.
If you’re in Brisbane, Australia (jumping off point for Australia’s best theme parks and beaches) here are some of your more unusual options for catching George or Woody or Brad or Liam on the big screen.

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The Big MovieGood things come in small packages. True. Except when it comes to potato chips and oh, say, Hugh Jackman.  For a BIG movie experience, head to Brisbane’s South Bank Cinemas There are five screens on offer including a 25-metre MAX screen in Cinema 5.  Two other things to note:  this is one of Brisbane’s cheapest cinemas (student tickets are $5.50 during the day) and it’s in an area buzzing with bars, cafes and shops. Go to www.cineplex.com.au

 

 

The Free Movie

Travellers are rich in experience and poor in, well, wallet.  The State Library of Queensland screens a free movie every Sunday afternoon in their city theatrette.  You won’t catch the latest Jim Carrey flick; instead they focus on classic, international or independent films. Recent showings have included Chocolat, Big Night, The Shop Around The Corner and Chinatown. Head to www.slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on/events/films

The Scrumptious Movie

Do you catch the latest Brad Pitt flick or indulge your hankering for Pad Thai with a margarita chaser?  At the Blue Room Cinebar you can have your eye candy and eat it too.  As you’re watching the movie in a big comfy seat, a meal of your choice will be delivered. Move over popcorn, we’re talking Pad Thai, calamari, lemon-baked cheesecake and that’s just during the trailers.  Pass the margarita and click on www.blueroomcinebar.com

The Romantic Movie

What is it about watching the stars under the stars?  The Limes Hotel is one of Brisbane’s newest and hippest venues in the seriously cool Fortitude Valley precinct (locals call it “the Valley”).  During autumn and winter (April-August), the bold and the beautiful gather on the Lime’s rooftop to catch a classic flick. And eat tapas And drink cocktails.  From kitsch to classic, this is the place to see The Princess Bride to Some Like It Hot. Movie tickets are $12. Bookings essential at this venue.  Clickety-click on www.limeshotel.com.au