Movie Theaters in Melbourne

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Movie Theaters in Melbourne

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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia10,373 contributions
    The IMAX Theatre is a great venue for the right movie. With its extra-tall screen and with the right sound effects, it makes for a spectacular show. My favourite is Beowulf, about a heroic Viking warrior slaying a sea-monster, known only as Grendel.
    Written November 12, 2021
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  • Tom L
    Geelong, Australia4 contributions
    This place is incredible. I was brought here a month or two ago for the first time and have been back several times since, always keen to go again.

    The art deco styling of the place is awesome, it feels so grand and yet somehow still welcoming. This is probably due to the friendly and enthusiastic staff. On one occasion there was a build up of popcorn orders and the staff offered to bring the popcorn to us in the theatre (an extremely large theatre at that) instead of waiting at the counter.

    I love classic movies and its clear everyone at the Astor does too, the place is filled with old posters and nods to some of the best movies of all time. They regularly play classic and cult movies but also play new releases as well, often in 70mm film.

    If you want a grand cinema experience and to see a film the way it's truly intended to be seen then there's really no other place that comes close to the Astor. One of my absolute favourite places.
    Written November 4, 2019
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  • Jeffrie T
    Melbourne, Australia672 contributions
    Better at Happy Hour
    $10.00 Espresso Martini.
    The interior need an upgrade. JT-Aug 2019.

    Pre-movie ... drinks & nibbles ....

    Can be difficult to find a table if you are in a big group, but it's quite a convenient place to hang out pre-movie ... lots of options for food and coffee outside, along Lygon St though.

    Outdoor verandah with a view. JT-16/10/2017.
    Written August 5, 2019
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  • Dianna19
    56 contributions
    Pinewood cinema has been around forever. It's an excellent low cost option. Seats are comfortable and food is available in the foyer. You can also shop at Coles and bring your own food to keep costs down.
    Written May 13, 2021
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  • Joanne J
    Burleigh Heads, Australia190 contributions
    Delightful movie cinema with comfortable seating. Great choice of movies whilst sipping a lovely Shiraz. The staff are amazing. Thoroughly enjoyable afternoon watching a French Film
    Written April 2, 2022
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  • Paul G
    Kettering, UK2,205 contributions
    This place is way up there in height and popularity!
    Great rooftop bar in the heart of the city with awesome views of the surrounding area.
    It also has a great little burger bar as well as the outdoor cinema.
    I visited during the day for a beer, as I did last year and it was as busy as ever.
    Stylish, modern, it’s a must see venue.
    Written December 18, 2018
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  • loupeyts
    Melbourne, Australia10 contributions
    You know it’s going to be a good night when you arrive at the Botanical Gardens to be greeted by a sample cocktail and chocolates!
    Moonlight Cinema is a great activity for entertaining friends from out of town. It was cool last night but we took our own picnic rug, cushions and jackets and were fine. Blankets can be hired for $12 and beanbags also.
    We arrived in time to have a picnic of pizza, bruschetta and cocktails. There were also soft drinks and bags of chips. Our meal was delicious but it would have been great to have other food vans on site for variety. One of our group would have loved a coffee but none were available. Deliveroo delivered our food to our picnic rug which was novel. I’m unsure if that’s a regular thing.
    The movie started around 8.45pm and a fun night had by all.
    Written December 26, 2019
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  • Swisshen
    Melbourne, Australia2,281 contributions
    Situated in an old Victorian Brewery which was then converted into a Preserve Company. The Jam Factory was given a new lease of life as a cinema. The cinema is split into two halves so check which side you film is on before walking up the stairs. The seats are comfortable and the toilets clean. A descent variety of snacks,
    Written January 18, 2020
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  • Maksym K
    Odessa, Ukraine75 contributions
    Generally is okay,chairs are comfortable,decent distance between rows. They have free popcorn refills for members,so just register in app or website to get free refill
    Written October 27, 2019
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  • Adelaide D
    Boronia, Australia171 contributions
    Came into Reading for the first time in some fifteen years to watch the morning session of RIDE LIKE A GIRL; the biopic about Michelle Payne.

    $11 is the flat price for all people regardless of circumstances. People can select seats through a cinema computer and the back seats J 7-8 in cinema 7 were chosen.

    Chelsea [the trainee] asked her supervisor about what she could take front-of-house and the tickets were selected and printed out.

    The cinemas are relatively easy to find; especially the first four [of eight] - 7 and 5 are on the same turn.

    Lots of great posters about movies - the only one avowedly for adults was probably HUSTLERS.

    RIDE LIKE A GIRL was about two-fifths full with someone in each row and often more than one person in each row.

    The seat numbers are not well-lit once you get into the cinema and the roof is rather high.

    The lights on the edge have a detectable/discernible flicker. This can even be seen while a person closes their eyes.

    The sound is relatively good and the projections are invisible.

    15 minutes of Star Group ads and three biopic ads for Ford vs Ferrari and one other one.

    The seats are red and plastic and fortunately quite wide. The floor is well-carpeted and not slippery.

    The ushers are down the bottom of the stairs.

    The left corridor is more ramp-like/has a decent ascent and decline.

    Exit signs are clearly indicated with a green sign.

    Chelsea's supervisor acted well and was behind front of house himself.

    The seat selection machine may have been confusing - would have been better with an indication of what seats were already selected.

    One of the best parts would be the parking which is 4 hours for every day.

    There were some children crossing the road who were very excited about the "Frenemies" presentation of ANGRY BIRDS the sequel - the poster can be seen from quite far away.
    Written September 29, 2019
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  • Bianca
    Geelong, Australia21 contributions
    My friend and I went to Village Cinemas Crown Gold Class to see Dr Strange Multiverse of Madness. All in all it was a decent experience.

    However:
    We were not shown to a table in the foyer, rather straight to our seats and made to order there, which is fine, but there was plenty of time to enjoy service outside the cinema too.

    When we did push the service button from the cinema as instructed, it took a fair while for anyone to attend to us and take our order. While multiple staff members were bringing in more guests.

    The seats, compared to other Village Cinemas Gold Class locations, were different, and not as comfortable. Also, unlike the 'Welcome to Gold Class' commercial at the beginning suggests, there is no compartment to store your belongings on the outer arm for each guest, there is a small, single compartment between the pair of you.

    Those are all minor issues though, and I would highly recommend attending a Gold Class screening if you can.
    Written May 15, 2022
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  • EndlessTravels
    Greater Melbourne, Australia35,310 contributions
    awesome use of a wasted space docklands. docklands is often maligned for having no soul. but I find it's a great place that always has unique experiences on offer
    Written March 3, 2017
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  • Peter M
    Melbourne, Australia954 contributions
    The former Palace Theatre, opened in April 1912 and redecorated in 1923 The design had seating on three levels and a large proscenium with curtains of gold. On the first floor there were bedrooms, and the new building incorporated the Pastoral Hotel.
    The remaining theatre interiors is important for the elaborate and extensive plaster decoration, executed in a lively version of the 'Adamesque' style. The shallow ceiling dome probably survives from 1916, and is executed in a more flowing, almost art Nouveau style, complete with cherubs.
    The facade has distinctive leadlight windows and iron balcony remaining from 1916, and the 'marquee' style verandah, with its illuminated front, and attached lettering.
    The structure of the building and the balconies dating from 1916 is the second earliest major theatre to survive in Victoria, and the only one from the Edwardian era
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    In 1934 it was known as the Apollo Theatre and in1940 the building was renamed the St James . In 1951 it became an MGM cinema and was renamed the 'St James Theatre & Metro', featuring films exclusively from its owners. The last film to be shown at the MGM cinema was Kelly's Heroes starring Clint Eastwood in October 1970. After this it was sold.The cinema was reopened as a theatre in 1971. It featured a 39-week season of the musical Hair from 1971-1972. The life of the theatre was short-lived, as in 1974 it was converted back into a cinema and renamed the Palace Theatre for the first time since 1916.
    In 1980 the cinema was sold to the Melbourne Revival Centre, a Pentecostal church headquartered in Melbourne. It became a major venue for their services, which involved theatre productions.
    The next sale resulted in a major refurbishment by the Melbourne architectural firm Biltmoderne. In 1987 the building was transformed into the Metro Nightclub.The Metro was described in 2006 as having a "classy, intimate VIP lounge in Gods Bar along with the funky Fish Bowl on the mezzanine level providing electrifying views of the Main Room below, all available for your partying pleasure.
    In 2007 the Metro nightclub was sold. The new owners, who operated the former Palace, St Kilda, lost an acrimonious 2 year battle with the State Government over the lease of the old building and moved their business to the Metro
    In late 2012 it was sold to a Chinese developer Jinshan Investment Group. The new owners revealed plans for a major 30-storey W Hotel development replacing the theatre in mid 2013, These plans generated considerable opposition, especially from Melbourne's music community. The surprise opposition met by the developers from the council for the new plans led to the original plans to be downgraded to a smaller 7-storey hotel. The Palace was closed in April 2014.
    The fight to save the Palace went to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) in early 2016.
    The decision was made to allow demolition and redevelopment works to go ahead. The decision was appealed but was unsuccessful. In late February 2020 internal demolition works began.
    It was the only theatre to survive on Bourke Street, once the home of entertainment in Melbourne, lined with theatres, halls, and other attractions.It is National Trust classified.
    Written April 23, 2020
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  • Coast2Coast91
    14 contributions
    Very much targeted at younger kids. A little on the old side but a good distraction for a visit to Melbourne.
    Written May 31, 2017
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  • Pat C
    Toowoomba, Australia100 contributions
    First time visit to this cinema. Loved the ticket machines which do away with long queues. The cinema recliners were excellent...very comfortable. It was a pleasant change to watch a movie in a comfortable theatre
    Written November 7, 2017
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