Cinemas of the coast: the cost of escapism

People of the Sunshine Coast are spoilt for choice when it comes to the number of cinemas available. While people often make a choice  based on convenience and locality, but we have checked out where you really can get a bang for your buck. It is up to you to decide whether it’s worth the extra 15-minute trip in the car.

BIG SCREEN CINEMAS – 11 Bulcock St, Caloundra

Melissa Halsey

A medium combo at Caloundra Cinemas.

Located in the heart of Bulcock Street, Big Screen Cinemas Caloundra still has an old classic feel to it. Spread out over three levels of a 1930s building, the movie theatre showcases all of the big blockbusters, but at old-time ticket prices.

PRICES: Ticket – $9 for everyone, every day; medium combo – $7

Customer Service: 4/5

Cleanliness: 5/5

Cinema Quality: 2/5

Food Quality: 4/5


POSITIVES: Great value for money. No allocated seating. No line up to get tickets or food. Popcorn had the perfect amount of salt.

NEGATIVES: The cinema is still cash only. Half way through the movie the lights came on for about five minutes and were flickering. Cannot pre-book online. Seats are old so the hand rests don’t move up and they don’t lean back.

EVENT CINEMAS – Sunshine Plaza, Horton Parade, Maroochydore

Jack Gillepsie

The foyer at Event Cinemas, Maroochydore

There is nothing better than walking through those big automatic doors and getting hit with that powerful, welcoming smell of popcorn. That’s when the feels kick in and the excitement builds. You look around and see people everywhere – young and old, small groups, big groups, couples and families. People are talking, walking, queuing and eating. It is the familiar scene you will find at any cinema, but the Sunshine Plaza’s cinema does a great job of it. With its recent facelift, this is a big cinema experience.


PRICES: Ticket – $19.50 Adult; medium combo – $15.90

Customer Service: 5/5

Cleanliness: 3/5

Cinema Quality: 5/5

Food Quality: 4/5

POSITIVES: Spacious foyer makes it easy for people to move around, especially when busy. Online ticket booking reduces the length of queues and is convenient. High screening quality.

NEGATIVES: Food is sometimes found on the floor of the cinemas. Prices are relatively expensive.

MAJESTIC CINEMAS – Centenary Square, Currie Street, Nambour

Madeleine McKinlay

Nambour’s Majestic movie theatre

Majestic Cinemas Nambour is one of the Sunshine Coast’s smaller movie theatres, but is charming, cosy and well worth a visit.

PRICES: Ticket – $16.50; medium combo – $10.80

Customer Service: 5/5

Cleanliness: 4/5

Cinema Quality: 4/5

Food Quality: 2/5

POSITIVES: Could pay with either EFTPOS or cash and could split payments. No line up to get tickets or food. The staff customer service skills were immaculate.

NEGATIVES: The popcorn tasted as though it had been sitting there a while and the drink was warm.

EVENT CINEMAS – 29 Sunshine Beach Rd, Noosa Heads

Tiama Kimlin

Noosa’s Event Cinemas

Situated on Sunshine Beach Road in Noosa, you will find the Event Cinema.  This two-level cinema offers smaller-sized cinema rooms, which give a more personalised feel.

PRICES: Ticket – $15.00 for adults; medium combo – $13.00

Customer Service: 3/5

Cleanliness: 4/5

Cinema Quality: 4/5

Food Quality: 2/5


POSITIVES:  The cinema room was spotless and the customer service provided was exceptional.

NEGATIVES:  It is a bit confusing trying to find your cinema room, but if you ask the attendant they will happily direct you to the right door. The small-sized cinema rooms mean smaller screens.  You are still required to reserve seating and for the size of the room, that was a bit ridiculous.  The popcorn had no flavour, no butter and no salt. The drink was also filled right to the top, so when picked up, soft drink fell out and spilt all over the chair.

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