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Where to see Hindi, Bollywood & Kollywood Movies in Adelaide

Life in Adelaide is always a lovely thing, but it can be even better when you can catch up on your favourite movies from back home.

Finding out where Hindi, Tamil and Telugu movies in Adelaide are playing can be tricky but we’ll give you some ideas.

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Event Cinemas

The Event Cinemas chain has a few locations in Adelaide but the two that appear to show Bollywood movies are Arndale and Marion.

  • Event Cinemas Arndale – Located at 470 Torrens Road in the Arndale Shopping Centre, the Event Cinemas are conveniently accessed by bus or train. Parking in the complex is also available.
  • Event Cinemas Marion – Located on Level 3, Westfield Marion, 297 Diagonal Road. Rooftop and undercover parking is available.

As well as Hindi, Tamil and Telugu movies, these cinemas naturally show all the latest blockbusters as well. Don’t forget to sign up for Cinebuzz Rewards, the loyalty program through which you earn points to spend against treats and other movie tickets. Membership is free and it also entitles you to discounted tickets.

Hoyts Cinemas

You can get your Bollywood movie fix at three different Hoyts Cinemas in Adelaide. They are modern, air conditioned, multi-screen complexes and feature regular showings of Indian language movies.

  • Hoyts Norwood – This 7-screen complex, complete with comfy recliners is located on The Parade shopping strip at 185 The Parade, Norwood.
  • Hoyts Salisbury – Located at the corner of James and Gawler Streets, Salisbury, it’s an 8-screen complex with recliners.
  • Hoyts Tea Tree Plaza – Another 8-screen complex with recliners, this one is in the Westfield Tea Tree Plaza Shopping Centre at 976 North East Road, Modbury.

You may wish to sign up for Hoyts Rewards if you intend to see movies at Hoyts Cinemas because the benefits are many. You pay a small annual fee to join but you instantly get a free ticket to the Movie of the Week which compensates for it.

You also earn points on every purchase which can then be redeemed against tickets or snacks. You’ll be invited to enter competitions, go along to special movie events and using your membership is simple. Even if you forget to take your card with you, they can look up your membership using your mobile phone number.

Join the Indians in Adelaide Facebook group

Aside from the obvious cinema chains, you can always keep up to date on where other Hindi, Tamil and Telugu movies might be showing around Adelaide by joining the Indians in Adelaide Facebook group.

There, you’ll find information about other Indian-Australian events such as Holi, Indian Independence Day celebrations and Diwali, as well as sporting days, community messages and more.

Hold your own Bollywood-at-home party!

Why not call up a bunch of your nearest and dearest and invite them to your place for lunch, dinner or snacks and a Bollywood movie? Netflix has tons of them on offer and even if you or some of your friends have seen what you intend to play, there’s always the fun singalong and the gossiping about the movie stars to keep everyone primed.

Ask everyone to bring their favourite dish; one person can bring the pakoras, another the biryani and another, the jalebi. Cook up a wonderful curry, sit everyone on comfy cushions on the floor and get into it!

Host a Bollywood-and-dance party

This is a great idea for small community organisations, groups of students or extended families. Hire a hall where there is a big screen or big TV and show a couple of movies for your invited guests. Again, everyone can bring food or you can have the event catered by a local Indian restaurant.

After the movie, put on some up-tempo music and encourage everyone to get up and do their favourite Bollywood dance moves. This is perfect for 21st birthday parties, end-of-year celebrations, family reunions and fundraisers.

What is there to love about Bollywood movies?

Well for starters, it’s not just Bollywood, it’s Kollywood and Tollywood too. Aussies have only scratched the surface of the Indian movie industry and may stay away in droves because of the long film duration and English subtitles. But they’re missing out, big time!

  • Film duration – What’s not to love about a 3-hour movie? It’s total, unbridled escapism and it’s a joy to sit in a lovely, air-conditioned cinema and switch off for that long.
  • The singing and dancing – The beat of the dhol and the infectious melodies of the songs weave their way into your subconscious. It’s not uncommon to be singing movie tunes for weeks afterwards.
  • The colour and costumes – There’s nothing like a silky, kaleidoscopic saree billowing behind the lead character as she trails through a palace. Think Paro in the epic romance, Devdas. As Shah Rukh Khan’s title character lies dying outside the gates, the stunning Aishwariya Rai runs desperately through the sprawling verandas, white and red fabric trailing many metres behind her.
  • The humour – Anyone who could get through the 2009 favourite 3 Idiots without side-splitting laughter must be very hard to please. Indian comedies are funny without being mean and they are mostly suitable for all ages.
  • The history – Indians love a good historic film. Whilst Aussies may immediately think of the epic Ghandi, there is so much more history to be discovered in Bollywood films. What about the 2001 Aamir Khan hit Lagaan, which tells the story of how cricket came to India? Or the brilliant biopic Asoka, played by Shah Rukh Khan.

If you’re looking for your next hit of Bollywood magic, hopefully our list of where to see Hindi, Tamil and Telugu movies in Adelaide has been of assistance!


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