Ballarat’s premier evening entertainment destination is almost without question, the Regent cinema.
This cinema is beautiful, old world, full of history, and the perfect place for a relaxing, minimal effort and fuss date night with the lass.
This cinema shows a rich variety of titles, in various sized cinema rooms from new release blockbusters, to the arty limited releases, and everything in between, including a very swish gold class offering,
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The atmosphere is relaxed, very country, sophisticated and has that extra touch of class that most cinemas in Melbourne and its suburbs just do not have, and it has nothing to do with the huge chandeliers dangling from the roof of the lobby.
Best of all, the price of going to the cinema is very reasonable- under $12 if you get the movie club card, which takes a moment to sign up to, and you get a free ticket to the movies with the ~$13 fee.
What is nice also is that there is a late night cafe-bar next to the gold class section. Craving some caffeine after watching “Nice Guys” (Which is an excellent movie, even if it is disturbing how fat, old and washed up Russell Crowe looks these days) we visited the cafe and nabbed some cake. Because it looked delicious, and we could not resist!
The coffees were quite presentable, but not the best, in my opinion- a bit watery, and not enough fluff in my cappuccino. Could also be the beans they use, which are some kind of generic rubbish you can buy from the supermarket by the look of it. But for late night coffee, it was ok.
The peacan tart was perfectly made, and the Kahlua mousee cake was big, rich and delicious- plus it was just that little bit different and unique. Cafe’s in Melbourne rarely have such excellent quality.
For both value and content, the regent even beats the green cafe in Brunswick, which has a special place in my heart for being so cheap and tasty, which i have written about previously. Green Cafe- brunswick
I asked the staff, and the regent gold class cafe is typically open from 10AM to 10PM, 7 days a week, later on friday and Saturday nights. Fantastic little haunt to go to if you aren’t up for a alcoholic beverage in Ballarat late at night.