Best Cinemas In The Inner City

September 25th, 2020 - by Brad Gillespie

Whether you’re keen to catch the latest Hollywood blockbuster, watch an arthouse gem or relive a cult classic, there’s no better time than now to support your local cinema with plenty of great films and great deals on offer.

Here are our picks of the best cinemas in the local area.

Dendy Newtown

Did you know that Hollywood actor, Mel Gibson, owns the Dendy Group?

The Dendy Cinema on King Street is a classic cinema experience right in the heart of Newtown, with state-of-the-art movie rooms showcasing new releases, cult classics, and a wide range of international and local arthouse films.

Dendy Newton - Photo from

If you're feeling peckish before or after the show, Dendy’s location—less than 100m from Newtown station—means that you can enjoy a meal or beverage at any one of your favourite restaurants, bars or cafés along King Street or Enmore Road.

There’s also plenty of deals and offers available including member Mondays, cheap Tuesday, seniors Wednesday, and student discounts available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday every week.

Tip: If you’re travelling by car there is free parking in the Lennox Street car park behind the cinema, avoiding the parking on busy King Street.

Govindas Restaurant and Cinema

If you’re looking for something a little different, Govindas in Darlinghurst is a night to remember.

Govindas - Photo from Cinema Treasures

The cosy boutique cinema room, situated above an Indian inspired vegetarian restaurant, is the closest you’ll get to watch a movie in the comfort of your own home, with an open invitation to kick off your shoes, stretch out on bohemian cushions and enjoy the movie. There are usually three films to choose from each night, all at different times, generally covering current release and art-house genre.

But, if that’s not relaxed enough, Govindas also holds evenings of Kirtan meditation, perfect for those wanting to relieve the stress of a week’s work with chanting and musical vibrations.

Govindas reopens on 1 October 2020, from Thursday to Sunday so be sure to check out their website for any details and updates.

Golden Age Cinema and Bar

The Golden Age Cinema and Bar is a boutique, sixty seat cinema beneath the streets of Surry Hills. It’s located in the Art Deco landmark, Paramount House, which was constructed in the 1940’s. The basement theatrette was originally used for previewing movies to cinema owners, as well as showcasing newsreels to servicemen and women during World War II.

The cinema has since been restored by the creators of Melbourne's Rooftop Cinema – Barry, Bob and Chris Barton – who sourced original 1940s cinema seats from Switzerland, and furnished a magnificently opulent David Lynch-inspired bar with a selection of high-quality cinema snacks and quirky cocktails.

Golden Age Cinema and Bar -- Photo from Catholic Weekly

Now, as you could expect, alongside new releases, the Golden Age screens an array of film noir, drama and golden age classics designed to take you back to the Golden Age of Hollywood Cinema.

Tickets for shows are available on their website, while tables at the Golden Age Bar are available for walk-in customers. Alternatively, skip the line by booking a private screening where you and your friends can enjoy your favourite film in true Hollywood style.

Palace Cinemas

Palace Cinemas are determined to separate themselves from the mainstream multiplex cinemas.

Palace Central is located in Central Park Mall on Broadway at Chippendale. Not only does it have a prosecco bar it also lays claim to being the “world’s first windowed auditoria”, with block out curtains obscuring the views from the panoramic windows once the film starts. It is home to the amazing Palace Central Platinum experience, where you can order takeaway from some of the mall’s many restaurants or the cinema’s own kitchen, straight to your reclining platinum chair while you watch the movie. We highly recommend you try this once!

Palace Central Platinum - Photo from Palace Cinemas

A little further up Parramatta Road, Palace Leichhardt is located on Norton Street’s main strip of cafés, fashion boutiques and restaurants, but is also equipped with its own fully licensed bar and café offering delicious cheese and antipasto platters. It’s a great place to meet friends, hang out, and catch a film.

Palace Leichhardt - Photo from Palace Cinemas

There are also two Palace cinemas in Paddington - the Chauvel and Verona. It should come as no surprise that Palace Cinemas play host to many of the best film festivals from France, Spain, Greece, Italy and Germany, making them perhaps the most international of Sydney’s cinemas.

Chauvel Cinema - Photo from Palace Cinema

Verona Cinema - Photo from Palace Cinema

The Ritz

It may be slightly out of the area but if you’re craving that old school cinema vibe, then you’ll have to head further East to check out the Ritz Cinema in Randwick. Built in 1937, the iconic Ritz is one of the last original art-deco cinemas in Sydney, oozing nostalgia with its classic red velvet upholstery and traditional candy bar.

The Ritz - Photo from Wikipedia

And, while ticket prices may have gone up since it’s original opening, the Ritz still remains competitive with student, senior and members discounts on every night of the week, and, of course, Cheap Tuesdays where it’s just $10 for a standard ticket.

At the Ritz, you can expect your typical selection of current releases and arthouse films, but with an impressive number of retrospectives for those who may have missed out on a cinema classic and want to experience it in all its former glory.