The First-Ever Angelika Film Centre Outside of the US Is Opening in Brisbane This Week

The arthouse cinema chain launched in New York in 1989 — and now it's bringing its movie-loving experience to an eight-screen site in Woolloongabba.
Sarah Ward
Published on August 23, 2023

Movie lovers of Australia, rejoice: New York-born arthouse cinema chain Angelika Film Centre is making the leap Down Under. A film-showing favourite in the US since 1989, starting in Soho and expanding to nine American locations since, the brand is launching its first-ever Aussie location on Thursday, August 24. In fact, when it opens its doors in Brisbane, it'll mark the chain's first picture palace outside of the USA.

First announced earlier in 2023, and now set to welcome in filmgoers to its Woolloongabba site, Angelika Film Centre's Australian debut will land in Woolloongabba, in the inner-city suburb's South/City/SQ precinct. On offer: an eight-screen, 400-seat cinema complex that spans 2500 square metres. Three of those screens are SoHo Lounge cinemas, which means full-recliner seating, table service, and access to the SoHo Lounge Bar for wine, spirits and signature cocktails.

When it starts ushering in patrons, Angelika Film Centre will screen a heap of current hits, with Asteroid City, BlackBerry and Gran Turismo: Based on a True Story all on its launch slate. Yes, so is Barbenheimer, aka Barbie and Oppenheimer. Plus, viewers can check out advance screenings of Past Lives before it officially releases the following Thursday. And, in excellent news for your wallet, the cinema is doing $10 tickets for all sessions — including SoHo Lounge — across its opening week.

The above lineup will be joined by the likes of Theatre Camp, Biosphere, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3, Ego: The Michael Gudinski Story, A Haunting in Venice and Scrapper in coming weeks, following the style of programming that's served the chain well in the US. In New York, Angelika Film Centre's clout in the independent, foreign and specialty film space has seen it help make titles like Lady Bird, Moonlight, I, Tonya, Pain & Glory and Free Solo box-office hits.

Woolloongabba's outpost also has retrospective flicks such as Searching for Sugar Man, Roman Holiday, Fight Club, Fargo and The Third Man on its slate. And, it'll do gin-inspired sessions, with Casablanca, The Great Gatsby and Casino Royale all locked in.

"We look forward to joining the Angelika family, and being part of the exceptional reputation that comes with the Angelika name. More so we are incredibly pleased that we get to open our doors in such an impressive and elegant complex as South/City/SQ. We are really looking forward to being part of the community" said Mark Douglas, Reading International's Australia and New Zealand Managing Director, with Angelika Film Centre hitting Australia via Reading Cinemas Group.

The venue has been in the works since 2017, and also boasts a lolly station among its snack selection.

And yes, it's a case of another week, another Australian-premiere movie experience landing in southeast Queensland, after Event Cinemas launched its 270-degree ScreenX setup on the Robina in mid-August.

In Brisbane specifically, new cinemas have been popping up with frequency over the past decade, including New Farm Cinemas, The Elizabeth Picture Theatre, Red Hill Cinemas, Dendy Coorparoo, Reading Newmarket and Reading Jindalee.

There's no word yet as to whether Angelika Film Centre has more Aussie sites in its future. Film lovers in other cities, cross your popcorn-grabbing fingers.

Markus Ravik

Angelika Film Centre will open at level one, 160 Logan Road, Woolloongabba, on Thursday, August 24 — head to the cinema's website for tickets and further details.

Published on August 23, 2023 by Sarah Ward
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