The Ritz Cinema

The Ritz Cinema, Randwick: Hours, Address, The Ritz Cinema Reviews: 4.5/5

The Ritz Cinema
4.5
9:45 AM - 9:30 PM
Monday
9:45 AM - 9:30 PM
Tuesday
9:45 AM - 9:30 PM
Wednesday
9:45 AM - 9:30 PM
Thursday
9:45 AM - 9:30 PM
Friday
9:45 AM - 9:30 PM
Saturday
9:45 AM - 9:30 PM
Sunday
9:45 AM - 9:30 PM
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AAAMM1
Greater Sydney, Australia333 contributions
Couples
The Ritz is unquestionably the best cinema (complex) in Sydney. It maintains the original single auditorium with stalls and circle and many new, smaller screens. All have state of the art presentation but the original auditorium can project film stock including 70mm. We saw a preview of TENET and plan to come back to see it again at the Ritz in 70mm again. Social distancing practices in place made us feel safe to return to the cinema. Thank goodness for this!
Written August 23, 2020
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Wingecarribee
Canberra, Australia1,963 contributions
Interesting historic cinema building with character. Decent selection of movies (check what's on online), including a European movie festival at time I was visiting. Adult ticket $21. Few people attending c. 9 pm session. Relaxed atmosphere.
Written March 7, 2022
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Michael D
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I am a regular at the historic Ritz, and have been for fifty years.

How many Art Deco cinemas are left? Not many. but you only need one.

At the moment, with the limited number of new films available for release, they are providing many quality films from the past under a wide range of films: I saw one from their Spacefest series today (a 2013 film) and possibly the best film ever from 1957!

Witches-themed movies have just commenced, James Bond and Alfred Hitchcock have just left, Fellini has been entertaining for most of the year.

But in addition, the new films are filtering through too. I saw The Trial of the Chicago Seven here before it came to Netflix and thoroughky enjoyed I Am Greta a few weeks ago. I'll be going to the Q and A with the cast of Ellie and Abbie (and Ellie's Dead Aunt) this week.

Have a quiet drink or a meal before your movie, out on the balcony is best in summer, (or duck over to The Four Frogs across the road). There is always something happening at the Ritz. Oh and it is MUCH cheaper than what you pay at the bigger chains too.
Written November 15, 2020
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snr_sydney
Sydney414 contributions
The Ritz is something of an institution around Randwick. The cinema is still housed in its original art-deco building in The Spot, which lends the place a pleasant ambience. The down side of the heritage-listed building is that some of the theatres are on the small side; the complex comprises the main original theatre (theatre 1) and some smaller theatres, which were built more recently.

Theatre 1 is a treat, with old-style seating, a plastered interior with typical art-deco motifs and fittings, a large screen and the original balcony. The newest releases of the week are usually screened in Theatre 1, and so, if you can, go to a session in that theatre. The smaller theatres in the complex are good when not too crowded (the smallest crowds are during the day on weekdays).

Prices are a little lower than you might pay elsewhere ($13 for an adult to a normal session) and drop to a flat rate of $8 to sessions on a Tuesday. Tickets to '3D' sessions are more expensive (and I would suggest travelling to the Hoyts at Fox Studios or to the Greater Union at Bondi Junction for 3D films).

The cinema also benefits from its location in The Spot: there are dozens of places to eat before or after the film with some places offering special 'cinema' deals. (Restaurant Balzac up the road in Randwick also offers a special $55 pp two-course 'Pre Ritz' menu, for a more special night out). The Spot is also a transport hub with the 372, 373, 376, 377, 314, 316 and 317 buses all stopping there and the 370 stopping a short walk up the road. Car parking, though, is more limited and drivers must rely on spaces available in the surrounding residential streets, which generally have a time-limit of 3 hours and fill up very quickly on evenings and weekends.

Food and drink options inside the Ritz are fairly standard cinema fare both in terms of variety, price and quality. The second floor of the Ritz offers a licensed bar, with a balcony. Although the bar offers food, I would recommend eating in one of the nearby cafes if you want a proper meal.
Written February 15, 2010
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John C
Sydney, Australia46 contributions
Friends
One of the last places in Sydney to see the latest films at a reasonable price with a great variety of restaurants nearby. Tickets on Tues are only $9 and candy bar is also reasonably priced. A bar is available for those wanting more interesting drinks. Food in the neighborhood provides a great range from fish and chips to Thai and Italian. Easy to park in the area and no competing with shopping centre crowds. Main cinema takes you back to how cinemas used to be with tall ceilings and amazing decor. Great neighborhood for post-film discussions over cakes, coffee, crepes.
Written July 7, 2015
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Natasha
London, UK84 contributions
Couples
The seats - whilst looking comfortable - are just suitable for anyone over 5’5”. They have a cushioned top that pushes into your shoulders (I’m 6’) and the lack of leg room means you can’t slide forward to rest your neck. All the chairs are basically flat on the ground, too, so you’re looking up at the screen no matter where you sit. Also, the Candy Bar’s selections aren’t anything special. The area around the cinema is cool though, nice restaurants.
Written August 12, 2018
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JElliot32
New South Wales, Australia3,362 contributions
Couples
The Ritz in Randwick is one of the only surviving Art Deco 'picture palaces' in Sydney. For this reason alone it is worth supporting. Other reasons are that it shows a very wide range of movies - from the latest blockbusters to arthouse - tickets are reasonably priced (at least compared with some of the major cinema chains in the city), and it is located at the heart of 'The Spot', easily the most interesting part of Randwick. There are lots of nearby coffee shops and cafes. On the negative side, some of the cinema's screens are on the small size (think home cinema) and parking is a bit of a nightmare in this area.
Written October 3, 2015
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MCCRLJS
Sydney, Australia1,702 contributions
The only cinema in Sydney I'll go to - lots of character, ideal prices, student deals and great ice creams. What more could you want
Written July 18, 2015
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Francis
20 contributions
Great independent cinema with a wonderful program of films and activities. You can buy good value drinks at the bar and bring them to the theatre.
The seats are not the best, parking can be tricky but it is close to public transport. With the new Light Rail this will be even easier to access.
Written August 6, 2019
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Leon J
Sydney, Australia29 contributions
This is a wonderful cinema surrounded with great restaurants .the prices are usually much better than their competitors . lovely village atmosphere
Written January 16, 2019
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The Ritz Cinema is open:
  • Sun - Sat 9:45 AM - 9:30 PM