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Cinemas

A night or day at the cinema is a nice idea while travelling, holidaying or visiting Victoria. Visitors and locals have a wide array of choices when it comes to catching a flick at the cinema.

Traditional cinemas

On a cold night, there is nothing better than settling in to watch a movie at any number of great cinema complexes. Alternatively, when Melbourne is experiencing one of its annual heatwaves, a cinema escape can be an air-conditioned indulgence.

  • Hoyts

    www.hoyts.com.au

    Large Hoyts cinemas are scattered across the state of Victoria, and can usually be spotted in local shopping complexes in the suburbs or in city centres. Offering the most contemporary blockbusters on show, Hoyts provides the affordable and everyday movie-watching experience that the whole family can enjoy. Hoyts also offers a range of luxury cinemas, providing personalised food and beverage service while relaxing in the comfort of luxurious seats. Or for something a little different, enjoy the latest screenings from the comfort of a deluxe beanbag.

  • IMAX Melbourne

    www.imaxmelbourne.com.au

    For a state-of-the-art experience head to the IMAX Melbourne cinema complex which is located in the Melbourne Museum precinct. The IMAX experience is a mind-blowing interactive cinema journey, which will often see you donning 3D glasses and enjoying the reclining armchairs as you are whisked away into the ultimate movie experience courtesy of one of the world's largest movie cinema screens spanning 23 metres high and 32 metres wide. (Carlton)

  • Reading Cinemas

    www.readingcinemas.com.au

    A small cinema chain with complexes located in Melbourne's suburbs and Geelong. For an upmarket viewing experience, the "Gold Lounge" offers luxurious armchair seating, an in-cinema food and wine service and wall-to-wall screens providing a dramatic visual experience.

  • Village

    www.villagecinemas.com.au

    Village cinemas are located throughout selected suburbs and major regional centres of Victoria. As well as operating traditional cinemas which screen the latest movies, Village offers several specialised cinema experiences. Village Rivoli in Hawthorn East is an art deco masterpiece, with recent renovations to this old-school cinema not deflecting from its charms. It offers a cinema experience with ambience and character, with some unusual art house titles on the viewing menu in addition to current blockbusters. For the ultimate cinema experience, see a movie at one of Village's "Gold Class" locations. They provide a luxurious and intimate setting with reclining seats, extra-wide screens and stunning sound. Personal waiter service is available, providing snacks, gourmet food and a full service bar.

Outdoor cinemas

If you want to see a movie during Melbourne's warm summer evenings but don't want to stay indoors, then Melbourne's seasonal outdoor cinemas are just for you.

  • Moonlight Cinema

    www.moonlight.com.au

    This open-air cinema screens latest releases and cult movies on the lawns of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne between December and March. There is a food truck and fully licensed bar at all screenings. (Melbourne)

  • Rooftop Cinema

    www.rooftopcinema.com.au

    For a touch of indie art house movie love head to the Swanston Street Rooftop Cinema in central Melbourne between December and April. Located above a building called Curtin House, this unique cinema experience is all about celebrating the beauty of Melbourne city, while catching a flick at the same time. With art house, classic and other unique titles most likely to make it to their screen, Rooftop Cinema offers a romantic and indulgent cinema experience for all. (Melbourne CBD)

  • St Kilda Openair Cinema

    www.openaircinemas.com.au/melbourne

    A huge movie screen is lit up from dusk during summer on the lawns of South Beach Reserve, next to the St Kilda Sea Baths. Watch a variety of new release and classic movies and enjoy live music before each screening. Food and drinks can be purchased at each screening, and bean loungers or deckchairs can be hired if required. (St Kilda)

Drive-in cinemas

For a throwback to those days of the 1950s and 1960s, enjoy a night at the movies within the comfort of your own car at one of Melbourne's few remaining drive-ins.

  • Backlot Rooftop Drive-In

    www.backlotrooftop.com.au

    Backlot Rooftop Drive-In is Melbourne's newest drive-in cinema, first opened in 2016. Situated on the top level of the car park next to Harbour Town Shopping Centre, enjoy new release films on two giant screens which are set against the stunning panoramic view of Melbourne's city skyline and lights. For those who don't wish to bring their vehicle, there is an intimate blue deck seating area with supplied headphones. Take-away food stalls and a traditional candy bar are located on-site. Experience the charm of a drive-in cinema experience in a modern era. (Docklands)

  • Coburg Drive-In

    www.villagecinemas.com.au

    The Coburg drive-in, located in Melbourne's northern suburbs, offers a night of some old fashioned movie fun. See the latest blockbusters on huge 33 metre wide screens. There is a popular retro-style diner and all the delights of drive-in days gone by.

  • Dromana 3 Drive-In

    www.dromanadrivein.com.au

    This is the last remaining drive-in in Victoria that is not located within Melbourne. There are 3 separate screens showing latest release movies during evenings. Sit inside your car or outside on chairs or a blanket. Shel's Diner is located at the drive-in and is modelled on an authentic 1950s American diner serving a range of fast food options, desserts and refreshments. (Dromana)

  • Lunar Drive-In

    www.lunardrive-in.com.au

    This is a true retro experience. Watch the latest release films from the comfort of your vehicle or on the grass outside. The Lunar Cafe is open during screening nights, serving fast food and refreshments. (Dandenong)