The Shadow Electric, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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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.

Big screens & big ideas

IMAX Melbourne Museum

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.

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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.

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Astor Theatre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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.

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Cinema Nova, Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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.

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Kino Cinemas, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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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Film festivals

Music Box

Get stamped at one of the city fringe's famous live music venues.