How can I find where a particular film is showing?
There are various ways:
To see if it is on circuit, see Still Showing.
Go to the movie page, then click the "Where is it showing" link.
Check the reverse listing for whole country.
If it is showing, you will see a list of the cinemas. Click on your nearest cinema to see the screening times.
If you are already on the movie page, use the "Where is it showing" link.
Where can I buy my favourite movie on video or DVD?
We do not sell videos or DVDs. People in South Africa may want to check with Take 2 or Kalahari,
International visitors could try Amazon or CD Now.
If you can't find it on these sites, we don't know where else to try.
Note: be careful of formats and standards: PAL vs NTSC, and the "zone" for DVDs. Also watch the delivery charges.
When will "a movie I want to see" be released in South Africa?
We don't know. We get a proposed release schedule, which is accurate most of the time, but every now and then, the distributors make
sudden changes. They have even pulled a movie the day before it was due to open. Sometimes movies get held back to later in the year,
sometimes they cancel the cinema distribution and let it go straight to video. Sometimes, movies are moved forward
in the year (eg, Dinosaur).
We carry the upcoming releases for two weeks in
advance on our Forthcoming Attractions page, but even that is sometimes incorrect.
We used to advertise the release schedule for a month ahead, but there were so many changes that it became too inaccurate for public
In general, the Hollywood blockbusters usually get here within 6 months of their US release. Arthouse and indie releases can take up
to two years. Arthouse releases may have only 1 print showing, and that may take more than 6 months to move from one
main centre (eg Cape Town) to another (eg Johannesburg). Occasionally, South Africa is used as a test market, and we get to see
movies before the rest of the world.
Why don't you indicate when a film has its last screening at a venue?
We would love to, but don't have that information. The cinema schedules for the coming Friday are normally decided on a Monday by the cinema chains, according to
how well the films did over the weekend. The information
is then captured in the computer systems and the schedules drawn up. We usually get the schedules on a Wednesday, but sometimes
only on a Thursday or even later. We would then need a system to compare what is currently at a cinema with what is coming. The
earliest we could more-or-less guarantee to have this information is on a Thursday, which doesn't really help much as the schedules
change on Friday anyway.
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