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The twin cinema at Bribie

27 May 2019

When a 24-year-old Luke Warburton told his friends he was going to buy the Bribie Twin Cinema back in 2015, they all told him he was crazy.

Now four years later, Luke says he loves what he does and understands that Bribie Island is a very special place.

“It’s a beautiful area,” he said.

“It’s a tourist spot. Everyone’s realised how beautiful it is here.”

Originally from Sydney, Luke worked as a radio reporter on the Gold Coast before coming to Bribie and always felt a connection to the cinema industry.

Your new favourite independent, local cinema.

Everyone’s realised how beautiful it is here.”

The independent cinema was originally a warehouse in an industrial area on the main road around Bribie Island, First Avenue, before it was converted to a cinema over 20 years ago.

Now, having undergone major refurbishments in both cinemas in the last 12 months, Luke says cinema patrons can enjoy a modern cinema experience at the best prices around.

Tickets start at just $10, with discounts for the many Bribie seniors and kids, and a mere 50 cents extra for 3D.

Employing a team of four local staff, the twin cinemas seat 120 and 70 patrons in comfort and provide a great venue to meet up with friends on the Island and be entertained.

With four/six movies on show at any given time, the blockbusters tend to come out in the holidays when families come to Bribie in their droves.

“We do get a lot of tourists. The Island doubles in population in the holidays,” he said.

Just time to grab a treat before the main feature starts.

I plan on being here for a long time yet."

“A lot of people don’t realise there’s a cinema on the island, until they drive past on their way to the beach.

“They are even more surprised by our ticket prices.”

Luke says the cinema shows more niche movies than the large multiplexes, which the Bribie Island locals enjoy.

However, he says it is expensive to run an independent cinema.

“We have to pay for the technology, now that everything is digital. That’s the big challenge that independent cinemas face.”

Luke says, like most independent cinema operators, at the end of the day he’s just happy to be in the game.

“It’s a great industry. Almost everyone has a good time at the movies.”

As owner and operator, Luke is enthusiastic about his work at Bribie Cinemas and says he has no plans to move again.

“I plan on being here for a long time yet.”


Gail Champion

Author: Gail Champion

BComm USC, GradCertMgt USC