The first movie theatre in South Africa was the Electric Theatre in Durban. Since then, movie theatres have evolved from small rooms in the back of shops to extensive multiplexes, drive in outdoor cinemas, and massive IMAX theatres.
A video of Movie Theatres for Kids
Information on movie theatres for kids in South Africa
Is a movie theatre a good option for your kids?
Going to the movies is a popular family activity. With a huge number of different films to choose from and a movie theatre located in almost every suburb, seeing a movie is a fun and convenient form of entertainment. On any given day there will be a movie option to suit all ages, and movies can have great educational benefits too.
In addition to your standard movie theatre, there are a number of more interesting cinema options, including:
- Open air cinemas - definitely a great summer activity!
- IMAX theatres - these huge screens will provide a unique movie-going experience for your and your kids
- Drive-in cinemas - sit comfortably in the family car and enjoy a fun movie together
- Extreme Screen movies - these cinemas provide crystal clear HD images, sometimes wrapping around the audience, that will enthrall your children
These specialty cinemas tend to cost a bit more than regular movie theatres. You might like to keep them in mind for special occasions, such as kids' birthday party ideas. Many specialty cinemas often screen exclusive documentaries, animated films, and series that aren't available at regular theatres.
It can be difficult to take toddlers and babies to the cinema, but many theatres offer special "mums and bubs" sessions during the day for parents to bring their very young children without having to worry about disturbing other patrons. Keep in mind that younger or more sensitive children may find 3D films and huge screens overwhelming.
Movies are rated according to their content - check out the classification to make sure the movie you choose is suitable for your children.
A movie theatre generally has a kiosk where you can purchase food and drinks, including popcorn, lollies and ice cream. Some upmarket venues have special premium areas where you can buy light meals. Other kids' activities can often be found in movie theatre complexes including video arcades, bowling alleys, and sometimes even ice skating rinks. Many cinemas are located in shopping malls, making them very convenient for parking and eating.
How to organise a trip to a movie theatre
Most major theatres are open all year round although a smaller movie theatre may have limited hours of operation so it is a good idea to check first and make a booking, particularly on public holidays. You can find a list of films and show times online or displayed in the foyer of the cinema. You can find movie theatre contact details in the ActiveActivities directory.
Movie tickets usually cost around R14 to R50 for adults and less for children. Most major cinemas offer family discounts. Keep in mind you are not usually allowed to take outside food and drink into the theatre, and food sold at the venue is pretty expensive.