Brisbane Cinemas with Kids

Wanting to take the children to the movies? Whether it is your first trip with the family or several, below is a list of some things to consider including cheaper sessions, discounts and food and drink alternatives.

Toilet breaks

Toilet Trips – Has your child sat through an entire movie before at home without getting up once? Be prepared to leave the movie at various intervals to take your child to the toilet. This is where it helps to double date with a friend and their kids or bring a partner, that way the other kids can remain in the movies while you take another out for a toilet break. Also, remember that children’s movies, in particular, tend to have a long period of pre-movie advertising and even a short pre-film, so best to get a toilet break out the way even if you think you might be late. Most movies have pre-allocated seating so you don’t have to worry about not getting a great seat.

Save Money

Be sure to visit the cinemas online for other great deals, such as signing up to free member programs to receive discounts. Examples include buy ten movie tickets (over a period of time) and receive your next movie ticket for free. There are also kid’s member programs which can give fun games and competitions etc. Many cinemas also offer reduced pricing for family movies and other loyalty programs. The best idea is to head to the websites of the cinemas you are most likely to vis

Food minus the expense:

Popcorn standard price for small size: Estimated $5

Popcorn seeds bought at home and then popped at home (using popcorn machine) – $2.50 for 1kg bag. 200g will do four paper bags of popcorn. You do not even have to add the butter or salt, making it much healthier and less drying of the mouth. Plus popping popcorn is fun. The kids will love it.

Drink cup standard price for small size: Estimated $5

Take in cold soft drink cans or flavoured milk or juice poppers.

Lolly cup standard price for small size: Estimated $5

3 lolly bags of 250g $2 each. Plus fewer germs, because nobody is touching your lollies and sorting the lollies into little bags is fun. Plus you may even buy the lollies on special when buying more.

For all brought in food make sure you place it in a bag before you enter the cinema.

Pre-book and stress less

Allocated seating is fairly standard across most Brisbane cinemas and our recommendation is to pre-book online (for a couple of reasons). Firstly it means you can choose your seats and this means making sure you are all seated together and for some families, the back row is the best place. Secondly, it means when you arrive, you can just flash your email confirmation ticket or printed out version and skip the queue. Finally, it means you won’t turn up for a much-anticipated movie and be left with the front row or worse, no seats at all.

Cinemas in Brisbane

movie theatres in brisbane

Bribie Twin Cinema


  • Bribie Island

Family Tickets:

Tickets from $7.50 for children, $10 per adult.

Bargain Tuesdays – $6.50 per ticket. $9 for Digital 3D Tickets. Savings of $2.50 per ticket.

Cineplex Australia


  • Balmoral
  • Hawthorne
  • Nerang
  • Southbank – find out more about this cinema in our review here
  • Victoria Point
  • Redbank Plains

Family Tickets:

Children $4.50. Adults from $6.50.

Budget Tuesdays: $2 off the standard price for an adult ticket. Children’s ticket $4.50.

Weekday Specials (before 6pm):  $2 off the standard price for an adult ticket. Children’s ticket $4.50.

Dendy Portside


  • Portside, Hamilton

Family Tickets:

Tickets from $8.50 for children for Club Dendy members, $13 non-members. Adults from $11.50 for Club Dendy Members, $18 non-members.

Bargain Tue$days: $11.50 adult and $11 child. Savings of $2 – $7.

Event Cinemas


  • Brisbane Myer Centre
  • Browns Plains
  • Capalaba
  • Carindale
  • Chermside
  • Garden City Mt Gravatt
  • Indooroopilly
  • Ipswich
  • Loganholme
  • Morayfield
  • Moonlight Cinema Brisbane
  • Robina
  • Strathpine
  • Toombul

Family Tickets:

Tickets from $7. Often adults at children’s prices for family movies.

Cheap Tuesday: $10.50 tickets for all sessions. Online booking fees and 3D surcharges may apply.

Bring your Baby to Event Cinemas: Monday or Friday at 10.30 or Wednesday at 12.30pm at participating Event Cinema locations. $10 per ticket, or join Cinebuzz Rewards for free and get $9 tickets. Children four years and under are FREE. Lighting is kept on low so that parents can keep an eye on roving youngsters. For safety reasons, prams cannot be brought into the cinema, however they can be stored for you by cinema staff.

$6 Weekend Family Flicks – Outside of the school holidays, Event Cinemas offers $6 per person tickets for selected ‘Weekend Family Flicks’. Movies start at 10am on Saturdays and Sundays. Online booking fees and 3D surcharge may apply.

Hoyts Cinemas


  • Redcliffe
  • Sunnybank

Family Tickets:

Hoyts Jnr: Cinema sessions for pre-schoolers. Selected dates. $15 per ticket, includes all-in-one snack cup.

Mums and Bubs: Wednesdays at 10am. Tickets $11.00. Children under five years of age are FREE. Sessions not held during school holidays.

Super Tuesdays: Discounted tickets every Tuesday.

Maltesers Moonlight Cinema

A summertime open-air cinema screening various movies from December.


  • New Farm Park

Family Tickets:

Children from $12.50. Adults from $17. Discounts for Cinebuzz members.

$12 Thursdays: $12 per ticket. Savings of $2-$4.00.

Beanbeds can be hired for an additional $9 each.

Palace Barracks & Palace Centro Cinemas


  • Brisbane – Palace Barracks
  • Fortitude Valley – Palace Centro

Family Tickets:

Cheap Tuesdays – varying prices at each location.

Join MClub for cheaper prices.

Regal Twin


  • Graceville

Family Tickets:

Tickets from $12 per child, $15 per adult.

Budget Tuesday: $10 for adult ticket, $8.00 per child. Savings – $4-$5.00.


YES they still exist and are suprisingly popular so get there early. The Tivoli drive in is well known for being family friendly often with reduced ticket prices and a fantastic cafe onsite.

^Please note the above prices and deals may change. The above is intended as a guide only.

For more information on kids movies please check out our Brisbane Cinema Calendar and search for movies in the search bar!



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