Top Independent Cinemas In Melbourne

Cinemas In Melbourne

We all enjoy going to the cinema, but did you know that like record stores, the independent cinemas are struggling? Many across Australia – and the world – have had to close down due to financial problems. Here at BBM, we’ve had a look around Melbourne to find the top independent cinemas in Melbourne, as although we enjoy a few schooners down the pub, we’re also sensitive and artsy and enjoy a good old wanky art-house flick. Enjoy!

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Kino Cinema

The Kino Cinema has a wide selection of international and local feature films and documentaries. It is a modern day art-house with plush, comfy chairs and a stylish bar, where you can choose from an array of wine, beers and handmade snacks. The Kino Cinema also has a varied agenda to go with its screenings, from Q and A’s to film festival programs to special film premieres. There are seven state-of-the-art cinemas and they are available to hire out privately.


Collins Place, 45 Collins Street, VIC, 3000
(03) 9650 2100

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Cinema Nova

Melbourne’s largest art-house cinema complex, Cinema Nova opened in 1992 with just two screens, but it has since grown to encompass 15 auditoriums. It shows anything and everything from independent films to the latest blockbusters and all in one of its cosy cinemas. They do a ‘High Tea’ at Nova Deluxe offer, which, for $39 per person, gives you a choice of finger sandwiches, cakes and either Pimms, sparkling wine or tea – just in case you’re missing that summer feeling – before your film.


380 Lygon Street, Carlton, 3053
(03) 9347 5331

Sun Theatre

With six boutique cinemas that seat just 660 people between them, the Sun Theatre is a luxurious independent cinema that has been running since 1938. The style of the building is art deco and all cinemas have original seats, but don’t let that put you off. Three of the bigger screens have couches and coffee tables at the back that can be hired out. The Sun Theatre shows mainly modern films and you can enjoy a bottle of wine with your friends while watching the movie. There’s a wonderful nostalgic charm about the theatre that will throw you back to the 1930s.


8 Ballarat Street, Yarraville, 3013
(03) 9362 0337

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The Astor Theatre

Another gorgeous art deco cinema in Melbourne is The Astor Theatre. When you walk in, you’re instantly transported back to the era when the theatre was first opened – over 75 years ago. There’s just one auditorium at the Astor, which seats 1150 people before its golden-curtained screen. There’s also no pre-booking at the Astor, but you’re still guaranteed a seat. On most evenings on the week, the cinema offers a ‘double feature’ price – AKA two films for the price of one. And the cinema makes sure everyone’s tastes are catered for by showing independent, cult, classic and modern films.


Corner Chapel Street & Dandenong Road. St Kilda, 3182
(03) 9510 1414

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By Georgina Deacon


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