When you think of Bali, the last thing that comes to mind is going to the cinema.
A great activity for rainy season, it is also perfect for those nights when you need a break from Bintang and partying!
Settle in for a luxe experience catching the latest releases – in English with subtitles.
These are the most popular cinemas in Bali, including some spots to catch movie showings. Check them out!
Top Cinemas in Bali
These are all the top cinemas in Bali for watching latest releases and old-school classics.
Cinema XXI is the main cinema network in Indonesia, with branches all over the country.
There is a totally gorgeous cinema XXI in the amazing Beachwalk Shopping Centre in Kuta.
It has 3 spacious screening studios. One of which is the Premiere cinema, designed with ultra-luxe seats that recline, blankets, and other amenities including access to a special lounge. If you order any kind of sweet treats, snacks or drinks, they will be delivered right to your seat – talk about luxury.
Ticket prices at Beachwalk Shopping Centre’s Cinema XXI change up throughout the week.
Mondays to Thursdays are IDR75.000, while Fridays are IDR100.000, and the weekends are a little more expensive at IDR150.000.
The XXI Cafe is ideal for stocking up before you head in to watch. They serve the typical cinema treats like popcorn, fries, soft drinks, and more!
Another popular chain of cinemas in Bali is Cinepolis.
Movie lovers at Cinepolis Lippo Mall can choose from regular or gold (VIP) tickets. Standard tickets start at IDR35.000, rising to IDR40.000 on Fridays and IDR45.000 on Saturdays and Sundays.
VIP admissions are more expensive from IDR75.000 midweek to IDR150.000 on weekends.
If you opt for VIP tickets, you can enjoy your movie from a luxurious reclining leather seat with a pillow and blanket while ordering food served right to your seat.
Not all Cinepolis branches offer the gold experience, be sure to check online at your preferred location before getting excited for royal treatment.
Denpasar Cineplex is one of the most budget-friendly cinemas in Bali.
It has smaller screens, and the sound system is lower quality than that of some of its top-quality competitors. But it still has comfortable seating and some of the most affordable ticket prices.
Featuring 5 screens, you can catch the latest flicks for a very reasonable price!
There are some upgraded seat options in Studio 1, with tickets costing just IDR50.000, while regular tickets cost just IDR35.000.
Make sure you take advantage of well-stocked concessions counter, which has a wide selection of drinks, as well as delicious popcorn and snacks.
You need to buy your tickets at the cinema, so get there in plenty of time so you don’t miss anything!
Looking for your cinema in Bali experience to have bit more of an island vibe?
Folk Pool & Gardens in Ubud is an oasis jungle club, complete with a swim-up bar and sun loungers. The lush, leafy surroundings are an incredible place to catch an open-air movie with a cocktail in hand.
Kicking off as the sun sets, Folk screens movies old and new every Thursday and Sunday from 6.30 p.m.
You can enjoy catching the films for free from the general seating area on Thursday, and it’s just IDR100.000 for Sunday showings.
If you’ve spent a day lounging in the sun from the comfort of a day bed, the general minimum spend will also give you access to the movie night.
Aptly named Popcorn Club, Folk’s movie nights have a special menu full of mouthwatering snacks, such as flavoured popcorn, chicken wings, and hot dogs.
Keep an eye on their website for the schedule of showings and to book your spot!
Another of the Cinema XXI’s spots is in the Level 21 Shopping Centre in Denpasar.
This location also happens to be the largest cinema in Bali! It has 5 deluxe studios, showcasing the latest local and international films.
Tickets range from IDR45.000 during the week to IDR65.000 at weekends.
If you want to give yourself the VIP treatment, check out the Premiere studio, which is filled with lavish, reclining seats for maximum comfort.
Premiere studio tickets will set you back IDR150.000 at weekends, but are half the price if you visit from Monday to Thursday.
A plethora of snacks and beverages are available, though the food is at a higher price point than in some other cinemas.
Paradiso Ubud is another of the hipster, new-age cinemas in Bali that shows both newer releases and old classics.
It has a unique concept as the world’s first vegan and organic movie theatre.
Earth Cafe is one of Ubud’s top cafes that serves up some delicious vegan and vegetarian meals that you can munch on during the movie. There is everything from vegan sushi to dairy-free ice cream!
You can expect an eclectic mix of films, like documentaries, classic blockbusters, and independent movies alongside the latest hits.
Kick back and unwind while lounging on reclining chairs and cosy couches.
Tickets are reasonably priced from IDR75.000, of which IDR50.000 is redeemable for food from the cafe.
For those staying in Ubud, Paradiso is a must-try!
5-D MAX cinema in Bali is a different kind of cinema experience with small booths that show short 5-D movie to get your adrenaline flowing.
There are a few different spots in Bali where you can have these mini cinema moments, mostly in shopping centres. The booth at the Discovery Shopping Mall is perhaps the most popular location, though they can even be found at the famous Tanah Lot temple complex in Canggu.
The immersive films are 7 minutes long, and are a fun and budget-friendly way to enjoy a 5-D experience.
First, you select the film you want to watch, grab some 3-D glasses, and have a seat in the simulated chairs.
You’ll feel engaged throughout the movie as the chairs move around and swing from side to side while wind and mist surround you. Think dinosaur chases, jungle runs, and alien invasions!
5-D MAX booths usually have four seats priced at IDR50.000 per person.
The last spot in our cinema in Bali recommendations goes to Alternative Beach Club. One of the pool clubs, and part of the Kos One hostel in Canggu.
You can level up your movie night with an evening at this popular spot, set amongst breathtaking rice fields for a unique and serene environment.
Movie nights are held twice weekly, on Monday and Thursday evenings as the sun goes down.
Things kick off at 7 p.m., but arriving early is best to grab the drinks and snacks you fancy. Best of all, happy hour runs from 3-10 p.m., so you can sip delicious cocktails before and during the film!
Entry is free, and you can nibble on some popcorn for just IDR50.000 from the comfort of your bean bag.
Be sure to message Alternative Beach Club on Instagram ahead of time to secure your spot. You can also find out what movies are showing and on what days.
If you want to chill out with a movie and have the picture-perfect Balinese landscape as your backdrop, this outdoor cinema should be at the top of your list.
As you can see, you don’t need to miss out on catching the next release from your favourite franchise while visiting Bali.
From traditional movie theatres showing the newest Hollywood hits, to open-air spots playing nostalgic classics, you have plenty of options for your next movie night.
A bonus is the affordability of the tickets around the island, with more lavish tickets available for anyone seeking a more upscale experience.
Be sure to take a look at the website of each cinema in Bali to stay in the know about showtimes, ticket availability, parking facilities, and dining options.
Featured image: Alternative Beach Club