1988 Animated Classic Akira Heads to Australian Cinemas in 4K

One of the most iconic animated feature films from both the 80s and potentially all-time, Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira, can now be enjoyed in the highest quality in select cinemas across Australia and New Zealand as of right now. Australian anime publisher Madman Entertainment has rolled out the film to locations in all Australian states and territories except for Victoria and venues across New Zealand. Victorian screenings will be held once permitted by the state’s COVID-19 restrictions.

Akira takes place in the (then) dystopian future of 2019. It follows the story of Shotaro Kaneda and his motorcycle gang as they tear through Neo Tokyo, a city divided by growing tensions. But when caught in an accident, Kaneda’s friend Tetsuo Shima discovers a secret government project and receives psychic abilities beyond his control.

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©1988 MASH・ROOM/AKIRA COMMITTEE. All Rights Reserved.

Screenings will only be held with the original Japanese language audio, complemented by English subtitles. Only select cinemas will offer 4K screenings, while others will offer the film at a lower resolution. You are advised to contact your cinema in advance and confirm.

To book tickets and find out which cinemas are holding screenings near you, click HERE.

Akira Cinema Locations in Australia and New Zealand


ACT: Dendy Canberra, Hoyts Belconnen

NSW: Dendy Newtown, Event Cinemas Burwood, Event Cinemas Campbelltown, Event Cinemas Castle Hill, Event Cinemas George Street, Event Cinemas Hurstville, Event Cinemas Kotara, Event Cinemas Liverpool, Event Cinemas Macquarie, Event Cinemas Miranda, Event Cinemas Parramatta, Event Cinemas Shellharbour, Event Cinemas Tuggerah, Hayden Orpheum Cremorne, Hornsby Odeon, Hoyts Blacktown, Hoyts Broadway, Hoyts Chatswood, Hoyts Penrith, Hoyts Wetherill Park, Ritz Cinema Randwick

NT: Event Cinemas Casuarina

QLD: Birch Carroll & Coyle Rockhampton, Birch Carroll & Coyle Toowoomba Strand, Cineplex Southbank, Dendy Coorparoo, Elizabeth Picture Theatre, Event Cinemas Brisbane Myer Centre, Event Cinemas Cairns Smithfield, Event Cinemas Chermside, Event Cinemas Robina, Event Cinemas Garden City – Mt Gravatt, Event Cinemas Indooroopilly, Event Cinemas Maroochydore, Event Cinemas Townsville Central, Hoyts Sunnybank

SA: Event Cinemas Marion, Hoyts Tea Tree Plaza, Wallis Mt Barker, Wallis Noarlunga, Wallis Piccadilly

TAS: Village Hobart, Village Launceston

WA: ACE Midland, ACE Rockingham, Event Cinemas Innaloo, Event Cinemas Morley, Event Cinemas Whitford, Hoyts Carousel, Hoyts Garden City

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©1988 MASH・ROOM/AKIRA COMMITTEE. All Rights Reserved.

New Zealand

Auckland: Academy Cinema Auckland, Event Cinemas Albany, Event Cinemas IMAX Queen St, Event Cinemas Manukau, Event Cinemas St. Lukes, Event Cinemas Westgate, Hoyts Botany Downs, Hoyts Wairau Park, Hoyts Sylvia Park, Monterey Cinemas Howick, Monterey Takapuna

Christchurch: Hoyts EntX, Hoyts Riccarton, Lumiere Cinemas

Dunedin: Rialto Dunedin

Hamilton: Hoyts Metro, Hoyts Te Awa

Wellington: Event Cinemas The Embassy, Monterey Upper Hutt, Roxy Cinema

Other Locations: Deluxe Opotiki, Event Cinemas New Plymouth, Event Cinemas Palmerston North.


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