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Cinematheque provides filmmakers, student of screen, and true cinephiles the best of cinema, in the format it was made to be seen in. Curated carefully and enhanced with talks and program notes, we present films from across the world and across the decades.

This programme is a specially curated selection of highlights from Flickerfest’s Australian Academy® Qualifying competition programmes in Bondi 2021.

Flickerfest, celebrating 30 years bringing you the Best of Australian Shorts ‘Great Short Film Never Dies’!

Only on 01/05/2021


Silver Screen offers special seniors pricing and complimentary refreshments. Come along and connect with lovers of story and experience the best of classic and contemporary cinema. Presented with the support of Office for Ageing Well.

Become a Mercury Club member to access unlimited discount tickets for all Mercury screenings.

Opposites attract! The Mercury Cinema is bringing back Saturday Night at the Flicks with MOVIE DOUBLES: BEER & BUBBLES. Date night no longer means choosing between the comedy and the thriller*: we give you both in a special package with special refreshments.


The Mercury is bringing Adelaide Fringe back to the West End. From live shows to pop-up film festivals.

Screening the best of classic and contemporary Asian cinema, Mercury CX is a partner of the OzAsia Festival in October 2021. The festival returns to Adelaide bringing a disinct experience and unforgettable cinema.
What makes a film transcendent? Who are the visionaries that have transformed stories on screen? What makes a genre thrive for 75 years? The Gilded Edge presents the highest achievements in cinema along with the creators responsible for them. Combining screenings and exclusive meet-the-maker sessions, you are invited to discover the stories behind the stories.
Our second cinema, The Iris, is home to boutique screenings, popup film-festivals and live-streamed events as well as wild-card screenings for our Mercury Club members. Blink and you might miss them.

Celebrating the quality cinema of South Asia this also promotes friendships and social connections for older South Australians. Presented with the support of Office for Ageing Well, City of Adelaide and the Farda Association. The program includes guest speakers, music, information, cultural entertainment and refreshments.
[Bookings are essential]


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?

We might.*

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:

Adult $20
Concession $15
Senior $12.50

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).
  • Accessible bathroom
  • 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.