Johannesburg is jam-packed with cinemas! The only thing you need to do is find your nearest one, grab your family and friends, buy a few snacks, and pick which movie you're in the mood to watch. From action-packed films and family-friendly animations to hilarious rom-coms and hair-raising horrors, you'll definitely find a flick on circuit at one of these movie cinemas in the city.
With cinemas scattered all over the city, Ster-Kinekor is sure to a movie for all ages, every mood and every occasion. To see what movies are currently showing or to find a Ster-Kinekor cinema near you, visit their website. A few locations where you can find a Ster-Kinekor includes Cresta Shopping Centre, Sandton Shopping Centre, Bedford Square, Cradlestone Mall, Cedar Square, Carnival City and Mall of Africa, just to name a few.
Bringing cutting-edge cinema experiences such as 4DX, Xtreme and VIP at select cineplexes nationwide, Nu Metro brings you the latest blockbusters across a variety of genres. From exciting animations that'll delight families and audiences of all ages and moving dramas that'll have you reaching for a tissue to adrenaline packed action and hair raising horrors, there's sure to be something showing on the big screen. You can even make your movie viewing experience even more lifelike. Click here to find your nearest Nu Metro cinema and see what's currently on circuit.
Who doesn't know the ever-popular Bioscope Independent Cinema? This unique cinema has brought visitors only the best in local and international film features to Joburg movie lovers for a full decade. This June, in celebration of their 10th anniversary, The Bioscope Independent Cinema said goodbye to its home in Maboneng, and made its way to its brand-new location at 44 Stanley in Milpark. Be sure to visit their website to see what shows and screenings are coming up or currently showing.
In the mood for a movie but don’t want to visit one of the usual cinemas in the city? Then why not enjoy a unique movie viewing experience at the brand-new Egrek Cinema? Located on 4th Avenue in Parkhurst, Egrek Cinema is an independent 30-seat cinema offering an intimate and exclusive viewing experience, perfect for screening the latest movies. Visit Egrek Cinema’s website to see what’s currently showing on their big screen.
Wondering what's currently on circuit at the city's most popular cinemas? Click here to see what releases you can expect throughout the month. Be sure to visit Ster-Kinekor and Nu Metro, find your nearest cineplex and book your seats now. Also, be sure to keep in mind that cinemas are now practicing social distancing and strict safety regulations, rules and protocols. Visit their websites to find out more.
Hey, Joburg, you owe the West Rand a high five. The original Founders Restaurant and Grill was established in 1984 in Florida North and has since grown into one of the country's favourite old-school steakhouses. Today you can get your rump on, enjoy good pork ribs and hang out with family and friends in a comfortable environment at the top of Gordon Road. Though the Cresta branch closed its doors a couple years back, the original is still open for business!
Hidden in between Ruimsig and Honeydew, Ramkiki acts as a little escape from the rest of the world. This lodge is a prime wedding and events venue, as well as a great place to have a couple of drinks and something to eat. The vibe is very laid back, with friendly service, and they also host interesting events every now and then, such as cocktail evenings and food-truck days. Food includes the usual suspects – platters, steaks, ribs... you know, good old South African food!
Tony's Spaghetti & Grill
Beautiful gnocchi, homemade pizza bases and sangrias fit for any day of the week. That’s Tony’s Spaghetti in a nutshell. Do yourself a favour and wait for a sunny afternoon, book a table on the terrace and go enjoy the super-relaxed atmosphere, awesome staff and prices fit for a journalist.
The Rabbit Hole Hotel
Feel like taking a trip to Wonderland? Then follow Alice to the Rabbit Hole Hotel on Viljoen Street. Enjoy excellent food in a charmingly surreal setting where colourful design combined with attention to the functional requirements of visitors are met without even breaking a sweat. Each room is decorated in a different theme and explodes with vibrancy and quirkiness. The Rabbit Hole Restaurant is a popular spot for diners to relax, kick back and have a beautiful bite to eat. Patrons can expect big burgers, massive slices of cake, mojitos that kick like a mule and the best BBQ chicken wings this side of Joburg.
Food Lover's Market
Nothing comes close to walking into the Food Lover's Market with a fistful of grocery money and an urge to spend every last cent of it. At the FLM at Hillfox Centre on Hendrik Potgieter Road you can expect the usual fresh produce with an added bonus: the cheese section. Oh my waistline! The cheese section is where all great dishes are born. From a mature cheddar to something more robust, like an aged parmesan (read that in your best Massimo Bottura voice), this rendition of the friendly green grocer has got you covered. The shop often runs specials on fruit, veg and cheese, so keep an eye on the papers.
With 225 stores, 27 restaurants and over 5 200 parking spaces, Clearwater Mall is to the west what Sandton City is to the north. Here you will find top-of-the-line retail stores (such as an iStore, Edgars, Guess, etc.), as well as a top-notch entertainment area complete with a 3D theatre complex. There's also a dedicated kids' play area with supervision over weekends. It's the perfect place to shop, meet up with friends or do some serious people watching (hey, there's nothing wrong with that!). Clearwater Mall is a great place to visit during summer, as the roof over the main food court can be opened to let the sun shine in.
Key West Shopping Centre
Once just a flea market by the dam, Key West Shopping Centre has evolved into one of the top shopping and entertainment destinations on the West Rand. It boasts great restaurants, major retail stores and even a free concrete skate park. There’s ample parking, a big Spur and some cool spots to chill along the banks of the dam.
Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens
This West Rand location is by far the most stunning place to have a picnic, go on a hike or take a leisurely stroll through the verdant vegetation. Known as the ‘Rocky Highveld Grassland,’ the area consists of a mosaic of grassland and savanna with dense bush in kloofs and along streams, and it is home to over 600 naturally occurring plant species. It's also a prime setting to do some bird watching, as the indigenous Verreaux's eagle can often be spotted hunting for its chicks in and around the park. On most weekends you're likely to catch some live music being played at the amphitheatre, which adds a lovely, lazy ambience to the experience. There is a cafe that serves the type of food you would expect, and a kiosk that sells drinks and snacks. Note that braaiing – or any fire for that matter – is not allowed. Entrance to the park offers student and pensioner discounts.
By Shawn Greyling