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From big name pictures to obscure indies, golden oldies and frightfests, Melbourne is a cinema city with a huge range of theatres catering to all tastes.

Artful dodgers

Join the black clad masses at one of the numerous art house cinemas to catch independent releases along with films from across the globe. For the film buffs, a visit to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Federation Square is a must.

Hollywood endings

Whether it's Nicole or Meryl, Harrison or Leonardo you're after, you'll find the latest Hollywood pictures at mainstream cinemas scattered throughout the city and suburbs.

The outdoor type

From rooftops, beaches and drive-ins to botanical gardens and historic convents, summer time in Melbourne sees outdoor cinemas popping up across the city. Screening everything from cult classics and childhood favourites to the latest mainstream and arthouse releases, there's something for everyone.

Time it right

Check out this selection of Melbourne's cinemas and use the links below to help you out with session times.

Film festivals


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IMAX Melbourne Museum

Immerse yourself in stunning 3D documentaries and Hollywood blockbusters with one of the world's largest screens wrapped in digital surround sound.

Art galleries

Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)

Venture into Fed Square and explore the world of film, television and digital media with year-round exhibitions, rare screenings and cultural events.


The Astor

Get a dose of 1930s glamour, catch the big names of yesteryear, and advance your movie knowledge at director's festivals and 80s nostalgia nights.


Cinema Nova

Get your arthouse fix at this popular Carlton cinema with a program of new releases, special film events and festivals. Get in early on cheap Monday.


The Kino

See your silver screen favourites in style at this plush, compact Collins Place cinema, complete with wine and espresso bars. And great choc tops.





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Live music

Variety and energy characterise entertainment and nightlife in Victoria. Melbourne features an ever-changing number of clubs, bars and live music venues.



Have a laugh at Melbourne's annual international comedy festival or duck into city and country comedy venues year-round for side-splitting surprises.



Melbourne's events calendar is packed: music, film and design festivals, major exhibitions, sports events, theatre, and food and wine celebrations.

Art & culture

Theatre and musicals

See the big names of the stage in blockbuster productions at historic theatres, or catch new local talent on tiny stages in edgy theatres.