Quirky, classic and charming. There’s no better place to watch the latest release than at one of these boutique cinemas in Adelaide!

There’s no denying that Adelaide is brimming with culture, history and a vibrant arts scene. And, amidst the lively charming streets packed with plenty of restaurants, bars and cafes, there’s a treasure trove of unique and quirky cinemas to explore.

From vintage theatres with a Wurlitzer organ to modern marvels, we’ve found the best cinemas in Adelaide that standout thanks to its distinct character and allure.

Offering something for every movie lover, be sure to grab some popcorn, find your seat and join us on a cinematic journey as we explore the best boutique cinemas in Adelaide!


Capri Theatre

There is so much splendour to be said about the Capri Theatre. First and foremost, it houses the second-largest Wurlitzer organ in the Southern Hemisphere. It is played before evening sessions on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. On top of this, the entire building is heritage listed. And if that’s not enough to wow your eyeballs, maybe the art deco facade, vintage interiors, or that it is entirely staffed by volunteers – from ushers to AV tech support – will. For a retro cinematic experience, Capri Theatre really does take the cake when it comes to boutique cinemas in Adelaide.


Capri Theatre, Adelaide. Image supplied.

Capri Theatre, Adelaide. Image supplied.

Capri Theatre | 141 Goodwood Rd, Goodwood, SA 5034

Mercury Cinema

Exuding old-world charm and elegance, Mercury Cinema is considered as one of the best boutique cinemas in Adelaide thanks to its intimate venue screens and, of course, its eclectic mix of independent and cult-classic films showcased. Catered to cinephiles, what makes Mercury Cinema standout is their dedication to community engagement through film events, workshops and screenings of locally made productions. A must visit!

Mercury Cinema | 13 Morphett St, Adelaide, SA 5000

Odeon Star

The Odeon Star under Semaphore Cinemas is a classic retro movie theatre that is wholly family owned. But the greatest selling point is the inexpensive tickets, which remain at just $10 for any session. Talk about a great night out without the jaw-dropping price tag! The main auditorium offers 1960s nostalgia, budding with grandeur and stardom, adding to the beauty of whatever movie you wish to see. One of the best cinemas in Adelaide!


Semaphore Odeon Star Cinema, Adelaide. Image supplied.

Semaphore Odeon Star Cinema, Adelaide. Image supplied.

Odeon Star | 65 Semaphore Rd, Semaphore, SA 5019

Palace Nova

Although there are a few retro-like boutique cinemas in Adelaide, Palace Nova is famed for their more modern and chicer look. Despite the luxurious seating and state-of-the-art facilities, Palace Nova is still a beloved destination for film enthusiasts of all ages. Showcasing a diverse range of films, Adelaidians have the opportunity to watch everything from recently released blockbusters to more golden age gems. Regardless, Palace Nova offers a premium movie-watching experience.

Palace Nova | 3 Cinema Pl, Adelaide, SA 5000

The Regal Theatre

Located in Kensington Park, The Regal Theatre has had a long line of history that adds to its overall charm. Originally known as the Princess Theatre when it opened in November 1925, this quirky cinema in Adelaide underwent a handful of name changes and renovations before it became the establishment as we know it today. Renovated and reopened as the Ozone in 1941, in 1971 it was renamed the Chelsea before making the South Australian Heritage Register in 1983 before becoming The Regal Theatre. With just 586 seats, The Regal Theatre is our go-to cinema in Adelaide for new blockbuster films, great snacks and, of course, its loveable history.

The Regal Theatre | 275 Kensington Rd, Kensington Park, SA 5068

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Feature image: Capri Theatre, Adelaide. Photographed by Aaron Citti. Image via South Australian Tourism Commission.