Our Take on the Best Cinemas in Bali
The Best Cinemas in Bali
It’s hard to pick one, so here are our 10 favorite options
In this blog article, we bring you a round-up of cinemas in Bali. Going to the cinema isn’t as simple as it used to be. There are plenty of options when it comes to choosing your cinema for a great night out. There are more considerations than just the title of your desired movie. Though the film title will always remain the key factor, we guess several other factors are important when picking the right cinema.
From cinemas in shopping malls to restaurant cinemas. From the top Indonesian chain picture houses to independent cinemas, we cover them all. Whether you’re looking for the latest hit movie, the biggest Hollywood blockbusters or Indonesian movies, this article will surely inspire you.
Choosing a movie theatre is considered as important as choosing a movie, so here are our picks for the best cinemas in Bali you can add to your priority.
1 – Cinema XXI Premiere at Beachwalk Shopping Center, Kuta
The nation’s largest cinema network, Cinema XXI (pronounce as Cinema 21) boasts no less than four cinemas in Bali. Our favourite is located inside Beachwalk Shopping Center, in the heart of Kuta. This cinema is designated as a “premiere” and also known as Beachwalk Premiere. Tickets are available at IDR 100,000 on Mondays to Thursdays, IDR 125,000 on Fridays and IDR 150,000 on Saturdays and Sundays. At a Premiere Cinema, you also get exclusive access to a special dining menu, and a more luxurious studio with only 50 incredibly relaxing chairs. The cinema is located on the second floor of Beachwalk Shopping Center and is the ideal break for shopping or from the beach. Besides the premiere studio, Cinema XXI in Kuta also has two deluxe studios, with 206 and 144 chairs. For these studios, tickets are priced a little bit lower, at IDR 45,000 on Mondays to Thursdays, IDR 55,000 on Fridays and IDR 65,000 on Saturdays and Sundays.
2 – Cinema XXI Premiere at Level 21 Mall, Denpasar
Also referred to as Level 21 XXI, this is the island’s biggest cinema. The movie complex is home to five deluxe studios and one premiere studio. The lobby is extremely spacious, and an overflow of refreshments is available for you to enjoy during the movie of your choice. Level 21 Mall is one of Denpasar’s latest modern shopping centers. This cinema is one of the mall’s main features, showing the latest Hollywood blockbusters and Indonesian movies. Ticket prices are IDR 50,000 on weekdays, IDR 60,000 on Fridays and IDR 75,000 on Saturdays and Sundays. The premier tickets are almost twice as expensive (IDR 100,000, IDR 125,000 and IDR 150,000), but are worth the exclusive experience.
3 – Cinema XXI at Park 23, Kuta
The next one on the list is Cinema XXI at Park 23 Entertainment Center. This is one of Kuta’s newest shopping malls, located right next to the Circus Waterpark in Tuban. The movie theatre is located on the fourth floor and features four studios where you can watch the newest International movies as well as Indonesian movies. If you’re staying in the south of Kuta and you’re looking for a day filled with fun water activities, shopping, dining and a great movie to top it all off, then this is the place to be. Ticket prices are IDR 35,000 on Mondays to Thursdays, IDR 40,000 on Fridays and IDR 55,000 on Saturdays and Sundays.
4 – Cinema XXI at Mal Bali Galeria, Kuta
Another Cinema XXI on the island you’ll find in Mal Bali Galeria. The XXI chain’s first of four cinemas in Bali only has two studios, and both deluxe studios featuring 199 seats. Mal Bali Galeria is conveniently and strategically located at Bali’s most important traffic junction; Simpang Siur making is easy accessible from all favorite tourist destinations in the Southern part of the island. Tickets can be preordered via the app, or you simply go early, get your ticket and spend the afternoon shopping and dining, until the movie starts. T Galleria by DFS is next-door, so we’re sure you could keep yourself busy till movie time. Just like the other Cinema XXI deluxe movie venues, tickets are priced at IDR 45,000 on Mondays to Thursdays, IDR 55,000 on Fridays and IDR 65,000 on Saturdays and Sundays.
5 – Cinepolis at Lippo Mall Kuta and Lippo Plaza Sunset, Kuta
Another one of Indonesia’s cinema chains, Cinepolis (formerly known as Cinemaxx), now has four cinemas in Bali. The biggest one can be found in Kuta; Cinepolis at Lippo Mall in Kuta. Similar to Cinema XXI, Cinepolis offers viewers two different types of viewing experiences: Regular or Gold. The gold version is much more luxurious, here you can watch the season’s biggest hits while enjoying first-class dining, served on call. The seating features plush, twin motor, leather recliners, complete with pillows and blankets. Ticket prices are IDR 100,000 on Mondays till Thursdays, IDR 150,000 on Fridays and IDR 200,000 on Saturdays and Sundays. If you opt for the regular viewing experience you’ll get your tickets at prices starting from IDR 35,000, IDR 40,000 or IDR 50,000, depending on the day and showtime. Ticket prices are the same at Cinepolis Lippo Plaza Sunset, though they only have the regular class.
6 – Cinemaxx (now called Cinepolis) at Plaza Renon, Renon
Watching movies is extremely popular in Indonesia and there has been a remarkable increase in cinemas in Bali. Opened in October 2017, the Cinemaxx at Plaza Renon is Cinepolis Lippo Mall’s little sister. Featuring 4 screens with a total capacity of 448 seats, this is a “regular” Cinepolis. It might not be the luxury edition with its plush, lazy seats, but it surely is equipped with top-notch audio and visual systems. This theatre is ideally located for patrons celebrating their holiday, or living, in Sanur. Ideal if you want to avoid the traffic congestion in Kuta and Denpasar and watch the latest movies closer to home. Ticket prices are IDR 45,000, on Mondays till Thursdays, IDR 55,000 on Fridays or IDR 65,000, on Saturdays and Sundays.
7 – Divine Earth Cinema Club, Seminyak
Above the Divine Earth Restaurant in Seminyak, you’ll find the Divine Earth Cinema Club. A movie house with an oasis of air-conditioned luxury, plush couches, surround-sound and a full HD screen to watch all-time favorites. Movies at this cinema in Bali are hand selected from the extensive library and you can indulge in a delightful meal throughout the screening. Perhaps the best thing about this cinema club is that you don’t have to pay for the movie as entry is free with any purchase from the menu. But make sure to arrive on time, as entrance is based on first come, first serve basis.
8 – Paradiso, Ubud
The final movie theatre of the list is the Paradiso in Ubud. This unique venue, with seating up to 150 persons, is a one-of-a-kind space in Bali, which hosts quality film screening and other cultural activities. Make yourself comfortable on the reclining loungers, plush couches and cushioned platforms while enjoying Earth Café’s organic plant-based menu. Blockbusters, documentaries and foreign movies are all shown in HD and projected on a 25sqm screen, complete with 7.1 Dolby surround-sound system. Tickets are IDR 75,000 and can be redeemed for food and beverages during the evening.
Tip – combine movie night with a full day central Bali tour.
9 – 5D Max Bali, across the island
This one is for the thrill seekers among us. In addition to the regular cinemas, you’ll also find several 5D cinema booths on different places on the island. These small movie booths will take you on 7-minute 5D thrill rides. Choose from all kind of different movies to choose from. Hydraulic-powered seats move and jolt you around, completely in sync with the scenes on the screen, which you watch using 3D glasses. Lighting, wind, mist and bubbles are all thrown in according to the screenplay and these special effects definitely add to its extremely realistic effect. Themes you can choose from vary from alien invasions to jungle roller coaster rides, and from apocalyptic city scenarios, to dinosaur chases and to haunted houses. Locations where you can find these cinemas in Bali are for example Bali Collection in Nusa Dua, Poppies Lane in Legian, Discovery Shopping Mall, Level 21 Mall, Mal Bali Galeria and even at the Tanah Lot Temple complex. For only IDR 50,000 per seat, you can take a break from shopping, which you’ll never forget.
10 – New Cinemas in 2019, Jimbaran & Denpasar
One of the latest additions to the Bali cinema scene is Cinepolis Sidewalk Jimbaran. Located on the main road in Jimbaran, this cinema in Bali offers standard, preferred, and premium tickets at very affordable prices. So, if you’re staying in Bali’s seafood heaven, you no longer have to drive to Kuta to catch the latest movie. All you have to do is to enjoy your beach front dinner and cross the road for a relaxing night out. Tickets start from Rp 40,000 for standard tickets from Mondays to Thursdays to Rp 65,000 for Premium tickets on weekends or public holidays.
Another new cinema in Bali is Cinema XXI in the Trans Studio Shopping mall, in Denpasar. Featuring both regular and premiere, the TSM Cinema XXI is features a combination of new releases and Indonesian movies. So, when you’re done exploring the incredible wonders of adventurous fun at this entertainment mall, the cinema offers you a perfect escape from the attractions. After the movie, get yourself a well-deserved meal at one of the many restaurants. The price range of the tickets is Rp 60,000 – Rp 150,000, depending on the day and class.