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VLinda59
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Well price. One person in our group was in a wheelchair. The staff was very helpful and we found it very accessible. Pleasure to visit the Labia
Written 4 November 2023
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Farren
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Definitely a charming place but the cinema seats smell (and look) like they haven’t been deep cleaned since 1997. Would’ve liked bigger sized popcorn options, I finished my popcorn before the movie started (pictured) . Probably will return because of affordability, specials and movie screenings.
Written 7 July 2023
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Movies and popcorn are synonymous. Unfortunately tonight the Labia is not able to provide popcorn.
Make a plan. Poor😩
Written 27 June 2023
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Ed Christopher
Newlands, South Africa26 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Very disappointed with one of our usual favourites!

We arrived 10 minutes before our screening on a busy Saturday night, the queue for popcorn was quite long but we decided we could risk it and hopefully only miss the adverts!

We were disappointed when we entered the cinema to find that it was completely full, even though we had purchased five tickets online through Webtickets.

An usher instructed us to go speak to the lady at the ticket-office, this lady was very rude and asked us why were late instead of apologising for over-booking the cinema and not helpful in any way.

In the end she did give us complimentary tickets for another screening, however, it still leaves a sour taste in my mout and I would advise movie-goers to arrive half-an-hour early to avoid disappointment, as the Labia obviously won't help you if you have purchased a ticket but there isn't a seat available.
Written 27 March 2023
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Danny M
61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
A LESSON IN BUSINESS SURVIVAL AND A MUST VISIT PLACE FOR BIG SCREEN LOVERS

Businesses who respond swiftly to changes ushered in by technology and resultant buyer preference changes survive and those who don't hastened their own demise.

Despite technological advances and changes in consumer entertainment preferences there is a little cinema, the Labia Theater, located on the periphery of Cape Town’s central business district, which has adapted and survives to this day.

Owners of movie theatres and of the once much-loved drive-in cinemas who have not adapted have been big losers.

With cinemas no longer fashionable, why has the Labia, South Africa’s oldest art-repertory cinema, obscurely located, survived?

It was originally the ballroom of the Italian Embassy, opened by Princess Labia in 1949, which is where the cinema’s name comes from.

In the 1970s it became a cinema, screening films independently produced with appeal to a niche market rather than to mass-market audiences.

Owner Ludi Kraus broadened the offering to include commercial fare when he took over in 1989.

Original features of a cinema of yonder years have been maintained, such as the old building, the seats, and ticket booth.

Entering the Labia feels like going back in time, which appeals to older people and intrigues youngsters.

With students and younger people on tight budgets residing in that part of Cape Town pricing is attractively set.

Another strategy adopted to maintain business viability was the Labia’s conversion from a one-screen cinema to a four separate movie houses, comprised of a 176-seater, a 100-seater and two smaller cinemas of 65 and 50 seats, respectively.

Between four screening offerings, the Labia caters for the movie preferences of just about any cinema-goer.

Additional revenue comes from an eatery with a garden terrace attached, offering home-made delicacies and a variety of beverages - even glühwein for those colder Cape days.

Companies, organizations, and institutions, and individuals with deep pockets can also host a special red-carpet function by reserving one of the theaters.

Innovatively, when the electricity-supplying public enterprise started messing around and shirked their service delivery responsibility, the Labia invested in a back-up generator.

In this way, business disruption brought about by electricity load-shedding is avoided.

The smart-thinking Labia owner even introduced a home-screening video-on-demand service for those who prefer to watch a movie in the comfort of their home.

The Labia’s story is a lesson to entrepreneurs: Keep a beady eye on technological advances and adapt swiftly.

For a cinema goer, a visit to the Labia is not only a must, but promises to be a uniquely pleasant experience.
Written 20 June 2022
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Justin
Johannesburg, South Africa16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
A Cape Town institution, cheap, good movies, decent facilities and great snacks - this place has charm and is one of a kind. The only place I’ll watch a movie in Cape Town.
Written 8 June 2022
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Claire T
Sydney, Australia128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Couples
We come from Europe so are used to quirky small cinemas but this one is sooo nice, and such good value. You can have a beer in the courtyard waiting for your movie too. Definitely recommend.
Written 13 March 2021
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Tony Eva
Darling, South Africa14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Friends
It was such a pleasure to be back at the Labia theater for movies. Well worth the drive from Darling. Grand dame of theatres. Well priced and well worth the experience. Will be back soon.
Written 25 October 2020
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Noelle251
Bourgueil, France169 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Went to watch the movie Dark Waters last night at The Labia to avoid load shedding. The atmosphere is magic and the place was buzzing. It was nice to have a nice glass of wine and a packet of popcorn beforehand and enjoy the vibes. Very cheap too. However once in the theatre the sound quality was awful and the air conditioning far to high which was a real shame because this is such a nice place. Parking a little difficult.
Written 4 February 2020
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Sarina S
7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
The pizza + movie special is the best deal in Cape Town! Parking a bit of a problem, but walking from Kloof Street quite enjoyable too.
Written 19 January 2020
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