About the State Cinema Bookstore

Located in the historic Soundy Building (1883), adjoining the State Cinema on Elizabeth Street in the vibrant North Hobart cultural hub, the State Cinema Bookstore is a boutique store selling fine books, paper, stationery and gifts. We specialise in non-fiction, travel, art, fashion, architecture, and hand-selected fiction titles along with a wide range of stationery items including LAMY pens and Moleskine notebooks. Gift Vouchers are also available.

With the State Cinema, Bookstore and Café Bar all on the one premises, you can now enjoy a fine film, coffee or glass of wine, and take home your next great read all in one visit. We’re open from 10am seven days a week, and until late on Friday and Saturday nights, so you can pop in at your leisure for a treat anytime!

If we don’t have it, we’ll do everything we can to get it!

Did you know that at the State Cinema Bookstore we can order in any title whether it’s that new release fiction or something slightly more obscure? If we don’t have it in stock, we’ll try and get it in for you at no extra cost. Let us help with what you need and find you the perfect read! 

Don't know what to get your family or friends for that special occasion?

Why not give them a State Bookstore Gift Voucher. Let them choose from an array of fine books from novels, travel or cooking and everything in between, to stationary, journals and heaps more. Available in denominations of $20, $30, $50 and $100, it’s the perfect gift that’s thoughtful, whatever the occasion.

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”  - Oscar Wilde

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Opening Hours

Mon-Thurs: 10am - 6:30pm
Fri: 10am - 9pm
Sat: 10am - 9pm
Sun: 10am - 6:30pm

373 Elizabeth Street North Hobart