We’re very much in the age of streaming with millions of Australians kicking back on the couch to enjoy their favourite shows and movies on Netflix, Stan and Amazon Prime for a relaxing night in. But even if you’ve got the biggest and best TV money can buy – and a sound system to match – nothing quite matches the experience of seeing a movie on the giant cinema screen, surrounded by a real live audience.
And so many of the movies that are huge today really need to be seen on the big screen. All that action and spectacle of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is so much better when you’ve got a comfy seat, a box of popcorn, a giant screen, the option of 3D and a sound system that you can feel! Streaming’s great, but for the movies that matter, the cinema’s still where it’s at.
What is Event Cinemas?
One of the best-known movie brands in Australia, Event Cinemas is a nationwide chain which operates some of the biggest and most advanced cinemas, with over 60 cinemas around the country including at most major shopping centres. The company – which was once known as Greater Union, a legendary name in Aussie cinema – operates in a partnership with Roadshow, which operates Village Cinemas; all of the chain’s Victorian cinemas are Village-branded.
Event Cinemas has answered the arrival of streaming by setting their cinemas up to be among the best in the world on a technical level. Aussies have always flocked to cinemas that bring the latest movie sound and picture tech to the experience, and Event has continued that tradition with features like their V-Max cinemas (giant screen, massive Dolby sound system), digital 3D projection, and of course Gold Class and Boutique. Event’s flagship Sydney cinema in George Street .is also the first to get “4DX”- an immersive cinema experience featuring moving seats and real live atmospheric effects.
Event Cinemas Locations
You’ll find Event Cinemas around Australia at the locations below. There are cinemas in every Australian state and territory except for Victoria (but don’t worry, Victorians don’t miss out – more on that below).
How Can You Get Cheap Event Cinemas Tickets?
If there’s one thing Aussies love more than a night out at the cinema, it’s a bargain – and that’s why we’re one of the best countries on the planet when it comes to discounted cinema tickets. While you can walk up to any Event Cinema any time you like and just take in a movie, if you’re in the know about how and where to get yourself some heavily discounted tickets you’ll probably be seeing a lot more movies.
One of the easiest and most reliable ways to get access to cheap tickets is really simple – be a member of a rewards program that offers them! And when it comes to Event Cinemas, the place to go for your steady stream of of discounted movie tickets is Telstra. Their extensive loyalty program was recently given a massive overhaul and relaunched as Telstra Plus, offering tons of excellent new benefits and rewards. But the thing everyone loves about Telstra’s rewards – $12.50 Event Cinemas tickets – hasn’t changed.
What is Telstra Plus?
Designed to be a genuinely rewarding loyalty program, Telstra Plus operates on a “points” system, with all Telstra customers eligible to join for free. Once you’ve signed up, you get 10 Telstra Plus points for every dollar you spend with Telstra – including your phone bills, mobile repayments and other services. If you’re spending above a certain threshold within a year, you get promoted to one of the higher tiers – Silver and Gold – and get some tasty extra benefits.
You can read all about how the loyalty program works and what it has to offer in this Telstra Plus Rewards review, but basically you’ll be in line for rewards like free subscriptions to Kayo Sports and BINGE, and a rewards shop where you can spend your accumulated points on some of the most desirable tech devices around – phones, tablets, smartwatches, 5G modems and more.
And it’s actually not that difficult to end up in one of the higher membership tiers, either. If you’ve gotten a new phone on a plan, chances are you’re already paying enough per month to automatically become a Silver member, and those who have their broadband or even their Foxtel through Telstra will be nudging up towards the Gold membership tier – and at that level, not only do you get free Platinum tech support 24/7, you also get three months of Kayo Sports and a huge 9 months of BINGE completely on the house. And of course, all the benefits of the lower tiers are available to all – including the most popular item, permanently discounted movie tickets!
So if you’re looking for those cheap Event Cinemas movie tickets, all you need to do is sign up for Telstra Plus – it’s completely free. Every member, regardless of tier, gets access to cheap movie tickets. $12.50 tickets are constantly available, with an option to purchase Vmax and 3D tickets also at a discount – and as a Telstra Plus member, Event Cinemas will also upgrade your medium popcorn and drink to a large!
During summer, there’s $12.50 tickets available for the legendary outdoor Moonlight Cinema screenings around the country as well.
Join Telstra Plus – rewards program
Earn points when you pay your bills on your Telstra subscriptions. Get access to benefits like a free Telstra TV, 3 months free Kayo Sports streaming, NRL and AFL tickets, movie tickets.
Another way to get hold of cheap tickets at Event Cinemas is to pick the right day to go – and if you’re a student (school or uni) that means Monday night tickets for only $8 – an absolute bargain! All you need to do is show your student ID for the cheap to kick in.
Mondays are great for non-students as well, since that’s the night you can get tickets in the luxurious comfort of Gold Class for only $25 each.
Even More Discounts for Seniors, Pensioners and Students
All of this enthusiastic discounting already means there’s no need to pay full price to go to the movies and, if you take advantage of regular promotions, you can pay even less. But by far the best way to ensure you get access to all the discounts that Event Cinemas offers is to join their Cinebuzz club.
Free to sign up for online (or at any cinema), Cinebuzz offers a wide range of perks including points earned with every movie you see – points that can eventually be redeemed for completely free movie tickets. Members get a special discounted movie pick every week, advance screenings for members only, and access to special offers and promotions. Cinebuzz members with a current student ID card get even more benefits, including special student-only discounts – such as $8 Monday and $10 Tuesday tickets.
Event Cinemas also runs a “Chicks at the Flicks” program as part of Cinebuzz, with special event screenings offered exclusively for female members which feature market stalls, lucky door prizes and a goodie bag for everyone.
The more senior members of the community aren’t left out either – Cinebuzz Seniors (for any member over the age of 60) offers discounted standard tickets every day, morning tea screenings and discounted tours at Sydney’s famous State Theatre. And at the other end of the scale, kids aged between 3 and 14 can join as part of the Cinebuzz Crew, which adds extra games and activities to a day out at the movies.
It’s a pretty comprehensive set of perks for all types of moviegoers and since it’s quick, easy and free to sign up online, you should get yourself signed up right away so you don’t miss out on any special offers.
What About Victoria?
As we mentioned above, Event doesn’t operate any cinemas in Victoria at the moment, aside from the Moonlight Cinema in the Botanic Gardens during summer months. But don’t worry – you don’t miss out on cheap movie tickets with Telstra. Your $12.50 Telstra Plus movie tickets apply to the full range of Village Cinemas across Victoria, and while they don’t offer the Cinebuzz program, the chain’s Vrewards program delivers many similar benefits.
Enjoy the Show!
As you can see, there’s absolutely no reason to ever pay full price to see a movie at Event Cinemas. To maximise your access to discounted tickets and other perks, make sure you sign up for the Cinebuzz club, and take full advantage of a variety of Telstra perks by getting yourself into the Telstra Plus rewards program as soon as possible. If you love the movies, and want to make sure you’re getting your tickets at the best possible prices, getting yourself into these two clubs is the easiest way to see more movies for a lot less money.