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Best place to see independent films in Sydney?

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Sick of the same-old tired Blockbusters churned out by the Hollywood system year after year? Thatís where independent films are so important. Where in Sydney is the best place to catch the films that donít make it to the mainstream cinemas, but are deserving of any film-goers attention?

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Golden Age cinema in Surry Hills is a new but mega cool place to see some independent films. They don't play much and they still do some of the regular Hollywood movies, but they're also showing some older films, cult films and some interesting indies too.
Obviously Palace Verona and the Chauvel are classic venues to see indies also.
For oldies in a classic atmosphere, you want Chauvel in Paddington. It's adorable!
Dendy Newtown have recently expanded and now have some larger screens with blockbusters, but they still carry foreign and local offerings.
My favourite smaller cinema is Palace in Leichhardt - it's cosy, quiet, out of the way and they serve alcohol, plus you can have a delicious Italian meal afterwards. ;)
Cinema Paris at the Entertainment Quarter is great. The screens are big, the seats are comfy and there's lots of art house and foreign films to choose from.
Dendy at Opera Quays and Newtown
Chauvel Cinema Paddington
Verona Cinema Darlinghurst
Palace Cinema North St Leichhardt
For truly independent films, I'd keep an eye on the Sydney Underground Film Festival. It's a yearly event and competition for independent film makers, and they play multiple screenings of their feature length, short and documentary films.
Govinda's at Darlinghurst is great, you can kick off your shoes and sit on cushions on the floor while you watch your movie. They even have a vegan buffet downstairs if you're hungry.
We only got to the Hazelhurst Art Gallery, Gymea, NSW, to view art house films. If your a member of Hazelhurst, it will only cost $20 a year, while non members only pay $30 a year. These movies are shown in a small theatre, on,
Mondays::6om, Thursdays: 11.30am, & Sundays:2pm. They also have a restaurant/cafe,, 2 wonderful art galleries, & lots of space for the little ones to run around. The films arenít showing during the school holidays.
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