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“Great Cinema in an excellent venue” 5 of 5 stars
Review of State Cinema

State Cinema
375 Elizabeth Street, Hobart, Tasmania 7000, Australia
+61 3 6234 6318
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Owner description: Located in North Hobart, the State is a local independent cinema that has entertained generations of Tasmanians for over 100 years. In addition to eight cinema screens, we also have a boutique bookstore, cafe bar and rooftop cinema. Our cinema is licensed, so you can enjoy a glass of wine while enjoying a movie!
Hobart, Australia
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“Great Cinema in an excellent venue”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

We have been supporting this magnificent venue for the 4 years we have lived in Hobart and have seen how the owner has quietly grown this venue into a complex which will hold its own against anything in the world. The recent extension of the lounge and dining area is a tribute to tasteful use of glass and stainless steel which has resulted in an exciting space architecturally without losing its relaxed atmosphere. There is even one of 8 separate cinemas within the complex where one can sit on leather covered couches with a glass of wine or beer and enjoy
a good movie. We attend the State Cinema as much as possible and have often enjoyed an excellent coffee and cake in the new extension. Having extolled the venue i have to in the interests of fairness and in the hope that the owner or one of his staff reads this and takes note of some constructive criticism.
Today we arrived in time for our film only to discover that news paper[ The Australian] had published the incorrect starting time.This was not a problem as the knew we could enjoy a good snack while waiting as we had missed lunch. My wife ordered a LEMON CURD TART and i chose a chicken and mushroom pie which is served with a rocket leaf salad and a tomato relish. The dining area was very busy and the only seats available were right opposite the kitchen so we were able to see how calmly the chef went about his many tasks. After a short wait our food arrived and my wife declared her tart excellent. Unfortunately my meal was mixed. The ROCKET was fresh crisp and tasty with just the right amount of dressing. The RELISH was also excellent and could be sold as a stand alone product. The PIE was the problem. It was really bland and had very little chicken in it so that the unseasoned mushrooms predominated it as a tasteless mush. Now the saving grace of even the worst pie could be the pastry and often is but alas this poor pie had been microwaved to heat it so i will never know what the pastry was like. To make matters worse the pie was not even heated uniformally and was cold in parts. At $9 a pie im afraid this is unacceptable and who ever does the buying should drive down Derwent drive and go into Marnys pie shop and have one of their pies which are kept just hot enough to eat without killing the excellent pastry casing and filling to die for. We are both amazed that such a sophisticated venue such as the State Cinema would slip up like this which is a great pity. We do hope the powers that be take cognisense of this and abolish the use of microwave machines on the noble pie.

Visited March 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Saw "The Imposter" at the State Theatre”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Great theatre, comfortable seats and great bookstore next door, Shows a lot of art house films and documentaries. A great strip of eateries are near by so well worth a trip

Visited March 2013
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Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
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“Best cinema in Australia!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013 via mobile

I rarely go to the mainstream (Village) cinema now as the State is just so much better! Prices are comparable however the service, comfort & style of The State is so much better. You can take a glass of wine or a mug of hot chocolate in to the movie with you. The have a good variety of movies showing.

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Hobart, Australia
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“Landmark theatre”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

This theatre is enjoying great popularity amongst the locals. Love the smaller theatres and comfortable seats, good food and friendly atmosphere.

Visited January 2013
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Hobart, Australia
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“Beautiful theatre”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

The State Cinema is a wonderful place to sit back with a glass of wine and enjoy a great movie. Cinema's vary in size but all are very good. Cinema 5 downstairs can feel a bit closed in if you don't like small spaces. Cinema 5 is a cinema to go to if you have a partner as you sit on two seater couches.

Visited March 2013
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