WEST END’S HOME FOR STORIES ON SCREEN
MERCURY CINEMA & LOUNGE BARCombining a two-screen cinema complex, a unique lounge bar and creative workspaces, Mercury CX is an iconic Adelaide landmark in the heart of the City West Arts Precinct. Enjoy plush, comfortable seating, a great view from every seat, air-conditioning and an elegant new Lounge Bar serving quality South Australian wines plus plenty of parking and great dining options surrounding. BOOK NOW
Whether it’s a cast and crew screening, an entrepreneur’s keynote or a birthday party with a twist, this is a special event venue like none other.
Our birthday party packages provide a wide range of options from gaming to classic movies, candy bar packages – and for celebrating other occasions a special selection of South Australian wines, beers and beverages.
Whether it's a conference, product launch, team recognition screen session, or a comedy night fundraiser, Mercury Cinema and Lounge bar provides a unique venue and event packages that will ensure an unforgettable occasion.
With the 186-seat Mercury Cinema, the 36-person Iris and the Lounge Bar, Mercury CX is an ideal place to hold film screenings, live and mixed media performances, fundraisers, launches, parties, conferences and seminars. We can also organise or recommend catering and beverage options for your function.
Home of the South Australian Screen Awards and the OzAsia Festival, Mercury Cinema and Lounge Bar is a versatile space for functions in the heart of the West End Arts Precinct.
Whether it's a conference, product launch, team recognition screen session, or a comedy night fundraiser, the experienced team can assist craft an event package that will ensure an unforgettable occasion.
How is The Mercury Cinema different from other cinemas?
Since its opening, Mercury Cinema has been a landmark of quality cinema culture in Adelaide. Run by Mercury CX, it has always been a nexus for stories on screen and a place for people making them. The Mercury is an independent screen, owned by the City of Adelaide and managed by Mercury CX. It’s the home of Adelaide Cinematheque, festival screenings, cast and crew, the Silver Screen cinema program along with a host of industry and screen culture events. It is also a very popular venue for hire, whether for birthday cinema events, corporate launches, or independently-organised festival screenings.
The Mercury was opened in 1982 by Queen Elizabeth II as part of the West End Arts precinct.
Do you have the latest blockbuster release?
The Mercury Cinema focusses on bringing the best cinema from the world to screen through a range of curated programs. Drawing on international festival releases, the deep connections of Cinematheque to rare and seldom-screened sessions, films at The Mercury are hand-picked to deliver something different to our audiences who love cinema.
*As part of our range of programs, there may be times when The Mercury hosts a premiere, includes a blockbuster in a screening program, or has a new release in our Movie Doubles special deals.
Do you screen children’s films?
The best way to see children’s films at The Mercury is through our Kid’s Birthday Packages. We can arrange everything including film hire, entertainment and refreshments.
From time to time, we may have specific programs for children or students. Check session times for details.
How much are tickets?
For the best rate for every screening, become a Mercury Club member and pay only $10 for any standard, Cinematheque or Silver Screen session.
Our standard non-member ticket prices are:
Is the cinema for hire?
With packages covering full-service cinema screenings, cast and crew, birthday parties, and corporate events we will make your next event unforgettable. Explore the full range of venue services.
Is food available at the cinema?
Our Lounge Bar provides a selection of confectionary and popcorn, along with beer, wine, selected other beverages and soft drinks.
There are many terrific restaurants within a short distance of The Mercury Cinema in the West End for a meal before or after the show.
What is a cinematheque?
A Cinematheque is a film society. They are a way to bring classic and hard-to-find films to the screen. Curated by screen culture experts, critics and film studies, each series of Cinematheque films can explore different themes, provide additional background and criticism, and provide an opportunity for both students and lovers of cinema to see films on the big screen.
Can I see a single film from the Cinematheque program?
Yes. As a Mercury Club Member you can attend any film on the Cinematheque or Silver Screen program for $10. We also provide a range of pre-paid passes with up to 35% discount.
Do you offer gift cards?
We have a range of gift options for cinema lovers, from Mercury Club membership, through to pre-paid passes for 10, 20 or 60 films.
Are films being screened during COVID?
The Mercury Cinema complies with all SAHealth COVID-Safe requirements. Patrons are required to check-in.
Current 1 February 2021 we are COVID-safe through the following provisions:
Please do not attend if you are unwell.
Masks are required within the cinema during the screening for any sessions that are not checkerboard (50% theatre capacity, spaced).
All patrons will be required to either check-in using the SAHealth app or provide contact details.
Online booking is required.
Regular cleaning is conducted of the cinema, including between sessions.
Any refreshments will be provided according to COVD-safe guidelines. Our Lounge Bar is currently restricted to 31 patrons at one time. Refreshments may be taken into the theatre.
Is parking available at the cinema?
There are a multiple of public car parks available within a short distance of the cinema, including UPark, Wilson and other providers.
What are the technical specifications of the cinema?
The Mercury provides high quality digital projection along with the capacity for both 35mm and 16mm screenings.
Is The Mercury Cinema accessible?
Yes. Our facilities include:
Hearing aid audio loop
Closed captions and audio descriptive options (where enabled on the film).
Ground floor access
One accessible parking space
As the building was constructed prior to more recent accessibility codes, we have some limitations. The Iris smaller theatre is not accessible to wheelchairs. Please contact us to discuss your needs ahead of a screening.