Cue the choctops, these are 10 of the best cinemas in and around the Geelong region

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Cue the choctops, these are 10 of the best cinemas in and around the Geelong region

Words by Riya Kiran

Watch it on the big screen with these great cinemas - indoors and outdoors!

With an assortment of incredible cinema theatres all around our state, the experience of going to the movies will never become outdated.

Whether you’re settling into a comfy seat, a box of popcorn in one hand and choc top in the other, or even snuggling into a doona and feeling like you’re at home at the drive-in, going to the movies is always a treat!

As a number of great films continue to be released and we watch the return of many great classics, we’ve outlined some of the best cinemas around Geelong to catch these movies!

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Absolutely nothing compares to watching the likes of Ryan Gosling or Hugh Grant under the stars! (We’re already swooning) Kick back with friends or family and settle in for a movie at Melbourne’s Moonlight Cinema, surrounded by the beauty of its gardens. Feel free to pack your own picnic or enjoy a nibble from one of the delicious food trucks. Moonlight Cinema is celebrating 25 years of film, showcasing everything from new releases to classics, such as Twilight and The Notebook!

Find the Moonlight Cinema at Central Lawn, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, South Yarra.


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Home to the world’s largest screen, IMAX Melbourne is the most immersive and exciting cinematic experience on the planet. With the screen spanning a massive 32 metres wide and 23 meters high, this revolutionary affair entirely envelops you. A must go for all cinema lovers, IMAX is open every day until late.

Find IMAX on Rathdowne Street, Carlton.

Dromana 3

With stunning sunsets and the glistening coastline as a backdrop, there is no cinema more picturesque than Dromana 3. This Mornington Peninsula drive-in has a giant screen situated perfectly to enjoy an evening! Feel the gentle breeze through your hair as you get comfy for that movie you’ve been longing to see. If you enjoy your film al fresco, you can also hire a deck chair for just $3. This place is nothing short of perfection!

Find Dromana 3 at 133 Nepean Highway, Dromana.

Village Cinemas Coburg Drive-In

Nestled amongst Coburg’s further reaches, the Village Cinemas Coburg Drive-In is the hallmark of 1950s nostalgia. Once the largest, now the second-largest drive-in cinema in Australia, the spacious lot offers three, whopping 33-metre-high screens with the capacity to park 900 cars. The Drive-In is open seven nights a week with free entry for kids, screening new releases and classics. Feel free to BYO or take advantage of the old-school diner available for all the cinema goers.

Find Village Cinemas Coburg Drive-In at 155 Newlands Rd, Coburg.

Showbiz Drive-In Ballarat

Fresh to the scene is Victoria’s first regional drive-in Cinema, blessing the people of Ballarat with a drive-in to enjoy all year round. Immerse yourself into the cinematic experience with multiple gigantic screens, food delivered straight to your car door, and an entry price of only $35 per carload ($25 for couples)!

Find Showbiz Drive-In Ballarat at Howitt Street Gate, Wendouree.

Pentridge Prison Cinema

Built within the infamous Pentridge Prison, this is a one-of-a-kind urban cinema preserving the heritage and history of Coburg. Palace Cinemas invites movie lovers to escape and experience cinema a little different as part of the transformation of the former prison-site. Across the 15 cinema screens, the drive-in accommodates and allows 1100 people to indulge in the new-concept cinematic experience.

Find Pentridge Prison Cinema at 1 Champ St, Coburg.

Geelong Village Cinemas

Village Cinemas is Geelong’s number one destination for movies and entertainment. Delighting viewers to ten traditional cinemas and two Gold Class cinemas, you can watch the latest releases from a measly $11 per person. Experience some of the latest movies in comfort at Geelong Village Cinemas.

Find Geelong Village Cinemas at 200 Ryrie Street, Geelong.

Waurn Ponds Readings

Reading Cinemas Waurn Ponds is an eight-screen cinema complex featuring impressive wall to wall screens! Watch new release movies, in 3D if you fancy, with absolute contentment in the luxurious armchairs and indulging in treats from the extensive candy bar. The Waurn Ponds cinema also offers private ‘gaming party’ theatre sessions for you and your mates to game in a way you could never imagine.

Find Waurn Ponds Readings on Cnr Pioneer Rd & Princess Highway, Waurn Ponds.


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Fun fact – Pivotonian is the old name for the people of Geelong, which was known during the Gold Rush era as Pivot City! Pivot Cinema is Geelong’s only boutique arthouse cinema, as they aim to celebrate unique movies, screening quality films from all around the globe just for you. Catch latest release Australian, foreign or independent films every single day starting early at 10:30am.

Find Pivotonian on Cnr Moorabool & Verner Streets, South Geelong.

Ballarat Regent Cinemas

This Ballarat cinema is Regents’ historic cinema, being recently refurbished entirely in 2015. Seating over 700 people and offering a wide range of films, the theatre never disappoints. With a total of eight mainstream screens and one Gold Class screen, settle down for a blockbuster film, 3D or a quality art-house film presented across the theatre.

Find Ballarat Regent Cinema at 49 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat Central.

The Sun Theatre

The Sun Theatre originally opened in 1938, quickly becoming a much-loved spot for all for decades. Restored from its crumbling state in 1990s, the beautiful location is a boutique art deco cinema with all original interior features retained. With a total of eight cinemas covering its space, the Sun Theatre lets you watch movies in style.

Find The Sun Theatre at 8 Ballarat Street, Yarraville.


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