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.
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.
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.www.hoyts.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.
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.www.readingcinemas.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.www.villagecinemas.com.au
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.
For a touch of indie art house movie love head to the Swanston Street Rooftop Cinema in central Melbourne between December and March. 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, nostalgic and recent releases screened, Rooftop Cinema offers a romantic and indulgent cinema experience for all.
Location: Melbourne CBDwww.rooftopcinema.com.au
A huge movie screen is lit up from dusk during February and March on the lawns at St Kilda Botanic Gardens. Watch a variety of new release and classic movies. A food truck is onsite during most screenings, and bean bags or beach chairs can be hired.
Location: St Kildawww.sunsetcinema.com.au/st-kilda
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.
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.www.villagecinemas.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.