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Top 9 Cinemas for Movie Buffs in Johannesburg

Top 9 Cinemas for Movie Buffs in Johannesburg

Streaming services have become the norm across the globe with services like Netflix, HBO Go, and Disney + dominating our viewing habits. However, there is still nothing quite like going to a cinema to actually watch movies on a large screen!

If you’re a movie buff in Johannesburg, then you’re in luck, as the city has a few cinemas that you can check out to soothe your inner cinephile. Below is our list of the best cinemas in Johannesburg for that authentic movie-viewing experience!

1. Nu Metro 

Address: Cnr Jan Smuts Ave and, 6th Rd, Hyde Park, Johannesburg, 2196, South Africa


Contact Number: +27 86 124 6362

Operating Hours:

  • Monday to Sunday, 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Nu Metro actually has a chain of theatres across South Africa, but for this list, we’re referring to one located in Hyde Park, Johannesburg. It’s a modern-looking venue, but we love the throwbacks to traditional cinemas like its red signage up top!

Upon entering the venue, you’ll be treated to some great movie-related merchandise and decor (depending on the featured films). You’ll spot cartoon characters and life-sized figures of actors as you line up to buy some popcorn.

Pro Tip:
Nu Metro has 4 types of experience depending on your preference. You can go for the standard cinema, the VIP cinema (with luxurious seats), Xtreme (with larger screens and louder bass), and 4DX (with physical element effects).

2. Roadhouse- Molly Malone’s

Address: Sunset Ave, Pine Slopes AH, Sandton, 2194, South Africa

Contact Number: +27 11 467 8052

Operating Hours:

  • Monday to Sunday, 11:00 AM to 12:00 MN

If you’re looking for a unique cinema experience, then check out what Roadhouse- Molly Malone’s has to offer. It’s a drive-in cinema where you park your car in front of the venue’s large screen and tune your car’s radio frequency to get audio.

You can then enjoy their movies in the comfort of your own vehicle while sharing a laugh, a sob, or some thrills with your family and friends. Plus, you can order food (e.g., burgers and fries) while watching a film to make your experience much more enjoyable!

Pro Tip:
If you’re on a vegetarian diet, don’t hesitate to ask the staff of Roadhouse- Molly Malone’s what vegetarian dishes they offer. You can order their vegan burger (ZAR 150), slider burgers (ZAR 95), or jalapeno poppers (ZAR 69)

3. Ster Kinekor

Address: Junction, Carr St, Newtown, Johannesburg, 2033, South Africa


Contact Number: +27 71 931 4123 

Operating Hours:

  • Monday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Sunday, 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Ster Kinekor has a number of cinema branches across Johannesburg, but one of their largest ones is located in Newtown, Johannesburg. It’s composed of 6 different cinemas with around 760 seats in total—perfect for the crowds during peak movie releases!

What we liked most about this cinema, though, aside from its size is its self-service catering terminals where you can place orders and make payments via the said terminals before collecting your snacks. This is definitely a plus for convenience!

Pro Tip:
You can also watch free movies if you subscribe to their SK Membership plan. They have a club fan package for ZAR 289 that comes with 4 movie tickets per month or their MORvies Club for ZAR 399 that comes with unlimited tickets!

4. The Bioscope Independent Cinema 

Address: 44 Stanley Ave, Milpark, Johannesburg, 2092, South Africa


Contact Number: +27 61 900 4457

Operating Hours:

  • Depends on film’s schedule

The Bioscope Independent Cinema is something you need to experience at least once when in Johannesburg. It’s a completely different experience thanks to the interiors that look like an homage to all things related to cinema (e.g., posters and actor biographies).

Plus, the films they feature aren’t just mainstream ones but also indie films and not-so-mainstream movies nominated for an Oscar. You can also enjoy a good laugh here if you happen to visit during their stand-up comedy Sundays!

Pro Tip:
You can also hire The Bioscope Independent Cinema for your different events via email at [email protected]. These include corporate events, private screenings for loved ones, and even the premier of your own film. 


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Address: Eastgate Mall, Bradford Rd, Eastgate, Germiston, 2008, South Africa

Distance from JO: 13 minutes


Operating Hours:

  • Depends on film’s schedule

The IMAX Theatre located in Germiston is the ultimate cinema experience and one you shouldn’t miss if you are truly a movie buff. You pay more, but you get your money’s worth with the premium experience of a better (and larger) screen and louder audio.

Aside from the wonderful movie experience you can get here, we are certain you’ll appreciate the efficient and automated snack ordering system they have. However, if you want something more filling, check out the food hall right beside the movie theatre.

Pro Tip:
We recommend that you register your email with IMAX via their webpage. If you do, you can get discounts and special offers directly delivered to your registered email address!

6. Egrek Cinema

Address: First Floor, Parkhurst Square, 38 4th Ave, Parkhurst, Randburg, 2193, South Africa


Contact Number: +27 10 900 0833

Operating Hours:

  • Monday to Sunday, 12:00 NN to 8:00 PM

Cinemas aren’t usually known for their versatility and availability, but with Egrek Cinema, you can get those two things. Thanks to their option of entertaining special screenings, you can have exclusive moments with family and friends!

What’s impressed us the most, though, is the available library of movies offered by Egrek Cinema. They have the latest blockbusters and big-budget movies, or you can also opt to watch some of your favourite (and maybe hard-to-find) movie classics!

Pro Tip:
Egrek Cinema also offers varied concession food items that you can enjoy while watching a movie, so just ask their friendly staff about them. You can order pizza and popcorn along with slush, cocktails, and wines!

7. movies@ Montecasino

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Address: Montecasino 2021, Montecasino Blvd, Fourways, Johannesburg, 2191, South Africa


Contact Number: +27 11 511 0244

Operating Hours:

  • Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday, 11:00 AM to 8:30 PM
  • Friday and Saturday, 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
  • Closed on Monday and Tuesday

Montecasino located in Fourways, Johannesburg is a world-class destination for entertainment. As such, we’re no longer surprised that they have one of the best and most impressive cinemas in the entire country (aside from hotels and restaurants!).

As you make your way to the ticket booth, you’ll see a ton of movie posters that will make you much more excited to watch the film you came to see. The movie theatre itself is also a delight with comfy chairs, a large screen, and great audio to boot!

Pro Tip:
If you’re on a budget, we recommend going to the Montecasino on a Wednesday. They usually have their Wow Wednesday promo where 2D films will only cost you ZAR 80 instead of the regular rate of ZAR 100!

8. movies@ Gold Reef City

Address: 180 Northern Parkway Rd, Ormonde, Johannesburg South, 2091, South Africa


Contact Number: +27 11 496 1280

Operating Hours:

  • Monday- Sunday, 11:00 AM to 8:30 PM

If you fancy watching a movie in a venue that feels like a traditional theatre complete with leather furniture and wooden accents for the ticket and concession stands, then movies@ Gold Reef City is the place to be. Even their restrooms look old school!

The technology inside the cinema though (such as the projector and audio) is anything but outdated. It can provide you and your loved ones with great viewing angles along with deep-sounding bass that will make the characters on screen come to life!

Pro Tip:
To get your money’s worth in terms of concession snacks, we recommend that you go for their snack combos. The adult combo will cost you ZAR 66 and comes with popcorn, soda or slush, and some jelly babies!

9. CineCentre Killarney

Address: Killarney Mall, 60 Riviera Rd, Killarney, Johannesburg, 2193, South Africa


Contact Number: +27 11 646 5007

Operating Hours:

  • Tuesday and Friday to Sunday, 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
  • Monday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday to Thursday, 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM

CineCentre Killarney is a great movie theatre to bring your family to for a night of movie bonding and fun! Aside from the modern and well-maintained facilities, the sound and video quality of this movie theatre is phenomenal, making it worth every Rand.

Plus, their snack stall offers tons of combos for you and your kids to choose from. They have varying sizes of popcorn bags and range from ZAR 67 to ZAR 116, but the difference in pricing usually comes from the size of the soda and the sides included.

Pro Tip:
Each purchase of refreshments and snacks will get you vouchers that you can use on your next visit here. You can visit their website to redeem them or to find out more about what you can get in exchange for these vouchers.

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