A Cape Town Cinema Experience
Cape Town is home to the only film studio in Africa with custom setups done just the way they do it in Hollywood. All year round, visitors can expect to see something being filmed in the city by the sea, so what better place to enjoy watching a good movie that could’ve been shot nearby?
Whether you’re looking for something to pull at those heart strings or be absorbed in an acclaimed foreign language film, Cape Town has got you covered.
Check out the latest movies at a cinema near you now
The classic way movies are viewed, indoors. Thankfully, gone are the days of smoke-filled theatres, in exchange for cozier comforts. Luxury theatres make you feel more at home than your own home.
Cape Town boasts two of the biggest film showcasing houses in the world, Ster Kinekor being the bigger one. They provide the latest films available on circuit at a global pace. Various cinemas house a 3D-theatre, allowing a more interactive viewing experience.
If you’re looking for luxury, Ster Kinekor Cine Prestige is the best. It’s said to be the business class of cinemas, featuring fully reclinable leather sofas and a waitering service to bring you your pre-selected snack platter and drinks.
A subdivision of Ster Kinekor is Cinema Nouveau, the world’s only dedicated arts cinema chain. With a large collection on show, they promise brilliant art films all year round. Cinema Nouveau is located in the V&A Waterfront in the heart of Cape Town.
Imax is another theatre member of the Ster Kinekor family. Popular because of the ‘sweet seating’, the unique screen design ensures that there are no bad angles or bad seats. Everyone will experience larger-than-life movie with immersive sound.
A list of Ster Kinekor cinemas in Cape Town
- Bayside Mall Movies
- Located in Blaauwberg (Showing films in 2D and 3D)
- Blue Route Mall Movies
- Located in Tokai (Showing films in 2D and 3D)
- Cape Gate Mall Movies
- Located in Brackenfell (Showing films in 2D, 3D and Imax 3D)
- Cavendish Square Movies
- Located in Claremont (Showing films in 2D, 3D, Cine Prestige and Cinema Nouveau)
- N1 City Movies
- Located off the N1 (Showing films in 2D and 3D)
- Parow Centre Movies
- Located in Tygervalley near the train station (Showing films in 2D and 3D)
- Promenade Mall Movies
- Located in Mitchells Plain (Showing films in 2D and 3D)
- Somerset Mall Movies
- Located in Somerset West (Showing films in 2D and 3D)
- Tygervalley Shopping Centre Movies
- Located in Bellville Park (Showing films in 2D and 3D)
- V&A Waterfront Nouveau Movies
- Located in Cape Town City (Showing films in 2D)
For screening times, bookings and general enquiries, visit the movies section.
Nu Metro Cinema
Nu Metro is the second largest theatre family in Cape Town, with slightly cheaper rates than their main competition and locations country wide.
Nu Metro 4DX
Newly revamped cinemas in Cape Town offer the first ever 4DX-experience in Africa. Patrons can expect to have all their senses stimulated in the 4DX theatres with light-up seats, wind effects, temperature control, fog and even water.
It makes you feel like you’re right in the middle of the action, dodging bullets with your favourite heroes and villains.
A list of Nu Metro theatres in Cape Town:
- Canal Walk
- Located in Milnerton (Showing in 2D and 3D)
- Located in Ruyterwacht (Showing in 2D and 3D)
- V&A Waterfront
- Located in Cape Town (Showing 2D, 3D and 4DX)
For screening times, bookings and general enquiries, visit Nu Metro.
One of the oldest independent showing houses in Cape Town, the Labia prides itself with a unique selection of films.
Carefully selected productions at the Labia include independent movies, foreign films, historical cinema and other alternative and art circuit films. If the movie selection hasn’t won you over yet, then the handmade delicate treats available for sale will.
Four screening rooms available on any given night of the week ensure a variety of films to choose from.
For more information, bookings, and screening times, visit Labia.
Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, so why would you spend your time here indoors? Outdoor movie screening is a trend that doesn’t get old with movie lovers.
In Cape Town you are spoilt for choice, from rooftop screenings at the famous Grand Daddy Hotel to shows screened by the Galileo Open Air theatres, often hosted in the much loved Kirstenbosch Gardens.
Grand Daddy Hotel
For a cinema experience unlike any other, schedule a visit to the Pink Flamingo Rooftop Cinema. Situated on the rooftop of the famous retro-themed hotel, the cinema is the world's first trailer-themed rooftop theatre.
Open all year round, the screen is nestled between vintage airstream trailers sheltering you from the Cape Town wind. Enjoy a bottle of champagne and a picnic basket while you view old favourites.
Three different seating options are available at various costs, all include a welcome bag of sweets and popcorn.
Galileo Open Air Cinema
Enjoy open-air cinema under a blanket of stars. Galileo Open Air Cinema is Cape Town’s resident outdoor viewing experience, set at some of the most beautiful locations Cape Town has to offer.
Each screening is unique and viewers can enjoy a cinematic extravaganza. With live music, various artisan food stalls and fun interactive games, it isn’t just about going to the movies. Cuddle up with a loved one and let the fantasy of film carry you away.
Long standing partnerships with beautiful venues allow the Galileo company to showcase films in the best settings.
Here is a list of the common venues Galileo uses:
- Hillcrest Quarry
- Located in Durbanville
- Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
- Located in Newlands/Constantia
- V&A Waterfront
- Located in Cape Town
- The Castle Of Good Hope
- Located on Strand Street in Cape Town
- Century Park
- Located in Century City in Milnerton
- Fedisa’s Rooftop
- Located on Church Street in Cape Town
- Meerendal Wine Estates
- Located in Durbanville
- Noordhoek Common
- Located in Noordhoek
For bookings, screenings and more information, visit The Galileo Open Air Cinema.
Whatever your preferences, the Cape Town cinema scene does not lack variety. It has got something for everyone, from rooftops and trailers to leather loungers and gourmet food.