If you’re an Indian ex-pat and you’re craving the kind of entertainment you enjoyed back home, then you’re sure to find opportunities to see Hindi, Tamil and Telugu movies in Brisbane.
Cinemas in Brisbane are keen to cater to the Indian audience … great news! We’ll show you where you can go along to see Bollywood, Tollywood and Kollywood movie releases.
Keep in mind that some movies will be shown in limited release so you may have to travel a bit to see films that are not showing close by.
Hoyts keeps Indian movie fans well satisfied in Brisbane, with regular screenings of Bollywood films.
Each of these cinemas features comfortable, modern recliner seats that you can move to suit your preferred seating position, using the buttons on the arm rests. The Hoyts chain rapidly understood the Bollywood effect on its bottom line and continues to present regular offerings from right across the Indian movie industry.
Be sure to sign up for Hoyts Rewards. Every dollar you spend earns you points, plus you get access to $10 movies of the week, special events with members only pricing, and special prices on food and drinks. Plus, whenever you spend money at Hoyts Cinemas, you can earn Qantas Frequent Flyer points!
This major cinema chain has a number of locations in Brisbane but the three main ones offer Bollywood screenings. You can catch a Hindi, Tamil or Telugu movie at Event Cinemas Garden City (Mt Gravatt), Event Cinemas Myer Centre (in the City) or Event Cinemas Chermside (in the Westfield shopping centre).
Event’s loyalty program is Cinebuzz Rewards. Join up and you can earn points for every dollar you spend there, including on movies, food and drinks. It’s free to join and you can use your points to redeem for free movie tickets. As a member, you’ll also receive other benefits such as a discount movie of the week and invitations to special in-cinema events. Don’t miss out on rewards, especially if you’re a movie lover and can’t live without your weekly fix of Bollywood!
It appears that Dendy Cinemas may only show Bollywood films if they are blockbusters. It pays to keep an eye on their website though and even sign up for their weekly newsletter, so when something comes up, you’ll be the first to know. There are two Dendy locations in Brisbane; one at Portside Wharf at Hamilton and the other at the new Coorparoo development.
Blue Room Cinebar in suburban Rosalie is also one to watch. This is a dine-in cinema with small theatres and comfy seating. Check in to their Movies page regularly or sign up for their newsletter.
With two locations in Brisbane – Palace Barracks at Petrie Terrace and Palace James Street at New Farm – this small chain embraces film festival opportunities. So, when an international film festival is in town, it will often be hosted at Palace. That could involve special screenings of Bollywood films, Q&A sessions with Indian film industry heavyweights and other fun events.
The Australian Cinémathèque at GOMA hosts film screenings that are not often seen elsewhere. The genres are wide and varied but they often show Bollywood movies or even a documentary about the Bollywood film industry. Cinémathèque screenings are on Wednesday and Friday nights and Saturday and Sunday matinees. Best of all, the events are usually free! Sign up to QAGOMA’s eNews for updates.
If you really need constant Bollywood, Kollywood and Tollywood movies on tap, then you should get yourself a Telstra TV or Apple TV receiver. Either can be connected to your TV and will open up a world of viewing opportunities for you including Netflix, Stan, ABC iview, SBS On Demand, YouTube, plus other apps. Mind you, if you have one of the latest smart TVs, then you may not need one of these devices as the apps should already come built in to your hardware.
The free-to-air channel, SBS offers a fairly high rotation of Hindi, Tamil and Telugu movies. In addition, you’ll find Indian soap operas and comedy shows that the whole family can enjoy.
When you’re next in Brisbane – either to live, to study or to visit – don’t miss seeing a few sumptuous, colourful Bollywood movies. Relax in style in the air-conditioned comfort of the modern cinemas and let your mind wander to the exotic sub-continent.
The Indian International Film Festival of Queensland was established in 2014 and was enthusiastically supported by Brisbane City Council. You can follow the website to be advised of upcoming events. Aside from Bollywood film screenings, there are other activities including film forums and a VIP Bollywood themed party. Follow on Facebook and Twitter.
Brisbane’s Indian community enjoys getting together to celebrate special events on the Indian calendar such as Diwali, Indian Independence Day and Holi. The Indian Times website can let you in on what’s happening and where. You can even go along to various community-run events like Bollywood Trivia and Karaoke nights.
To keep abreast of what’s going on in Brisbane’s Indian community, visit Australian Indian Radio’s website where you can listen via live streaming, or on demand.
Gather a group of friends, scatter some cushions on the floor, have everyone bring a plate of Indian food and enjoy a fun evening of Bollywood good times. You can simply tune in to your favourite film on Netflix and turn it up loud. And if you all happen to get up and dance because you can’t resist the beats from the dhol, then that’ll be even more fun!