In the old days, movie theaters were the center for entertainment in small towns and large cities for good reasons. Here, people of all ages can enjoy the thrill of movies, even escape their humdrum lives for a couple of hours. This may well still be true for the chain of Village Cinemas in Australia!
Village Cinemas, a film exhibition brand based Down Under, is known for its audience-friendly facilities, amenities and services, as well as for its wide range of entertainment offering from mainstream movies to art house films. The ticket prices are reasonable, too, especially when discounts and deals are taken advantage of.
Below are the estimated Village Cinemas ticket prices.
|Child (3-14) - Vmax||$19.00|
|Concession - Vmax||$21.50|
|Senior - Vmax||$16.00|
|Student - Vmax||$21.50|
|Total Movie Pack (2 Adult Tickets, 2 Large Drinks, 2 Choc Tops, and 1 Large Popcorn) - Vmax||$69.00|
|Adult- Gold Class||$42.00|
|Child (3-14) - Gold Class||$42.00|
|Concession - Gold Class||$42.00|
|Senior - Gold Class||$42.00|
|Student - Gold Class||$42.00|
|Child (3-14) - 4DX||$24.00|
|Concession - 4DX||$26.50|
|Senior - 4DX||$21.00|
|Student - 4DX||$26.50|
Starting in 1958, Village Cinemas was owned by Village Roadshow, its parent company. Warner Bros. has owned one-third of the company from 1988. Currently, Village Cinemas in Australia is a joint venture between Amalgamated Holdings Limited (AHL) and Village Roadshow; the joint venture resulted in the formation of Australian Theatres.
Take note that Village Cinemas are present only in Victoria and Tasmania.
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Village Cinemas has several concept screens. The Gold Class cinemas is considered as its premium luxury format with extra amenities like in-theatre waiter service, cloakroom facilities, and a la carte menu. The plush leather seats are designed with the customers’ optimum comfort and convenience in mind – wide armrests, reclining feature, and padded design with premium upholstery.
Every Village Cinemas location, by the way, has several auditoriums with two or three auditoriums dedicated to the Gold Class experience. The current locations for the Gold Class screens include Century City Walk, Jam Factory, and Sunshine Marketplace.
The Cinema Europa auditoriums are the best places to watch alternative fare (i.e., non-mainstream movies). Here, audiences can watch art house films, foreign language films, and documentary films that aren’t typically shown in the regular Village Cinema auditoriums. Australian films are also often shown in certain Cinema Europa locations.
Like the Gold Class screens, the Cinema Europa screens are usually houses in separate areas of regular Village Cinemas. This arrangement allows audiences to hop from one auditorium to the next, for example, in order to sample varied film fare. Every Cinema Europa location also has its own separate restrooms as well as a fully licensed bar and café where a wide range of premium food and drinks are offered.
Cinema Europa locations are also distinguished from the regular Village Cinemas locations – the former has blue upholstery while the latter has red upholstery. The current locations include Westfield Knoz, Vivo City, Palaio Faliro, Westfield Southland, and The Mall Athens.
The Vmax cinemas are best known for their larger sizes, specifically in the size of their auditoriums, seats and screens. The screens typically measure between 22 and 28 meters while the seats have wider armrests. The stadium seating makes it possible to sit down anywhere in the theater and still get a great view of the screen.
Vmax technology is characterized by its improved visual quality and digital sound. No wonder then that the Vmax cinemas, such as Westfield Doncaster, Westfield Knox, Westfield Southland, and Village Cinemas Hobart, often have long lines of people getting their tickets. The movie experience is such an exciting one, after all.
Emphasis must be made that most locations have multiple types of screens. For example, Westfield Southland has both Cinema Europa and Vmax screens.
Since 2012, all Village Cinemas locations have been equipped with digital projectors, thus, all auditoriums are suitable for RealD Cinema 3D films. This step was made in cognizance of the obsolescence of traditional film and prints.
Note: The cost of the 3D glasses is charged separately from the ticket. Customers can buy the glasses and reuse them, thus, making the cost of going to the movies more affordable than before.
Customers who want a more luxurious experience, the VPremium concept is the way to go. Customers will enjoy beer, wine and spirits as well as delicious food while watching a movie, as well as eat them from a table instead of balancing them on their laps. The VPremium experience can be enjoyed at Hobart, Southland, and Jam Factory.
If you’re into drive-in movies, you should try the Coburg Drive-In. The movies are projected onto the large 33-meter screens while the sound can be accessed via FM stereo broadcast. The food and drinks can be ordered from the on-site retro 1950s style diner; just text your order, if you want, and the waiters will deliver your food and drinks to your parked vehicle.
Handicapped people will find suitable amenities that will accommodate their unique needs. For children and adults with autism spectrum disorder, for example, there are sensory-friendly films wherein the sound is turned down and the lights are turned up.
Village Cinemas also offer films from India and other Asian countries. There are also shows from the Royal Opera House and Flicks for Chicks. Private events including birthdays, anniversaries and corporate meetings are also accepted in Village Cinemas locations.
To find a Village Cinema near you, visit their official website.