Wondering when cinemas will reopen in Melbourne? Look no further! Read on for info about what’s open, what’s nearly open, and how to visit.
This Carlton icon reopened on 22 June, so follow that heavenly popcorn scent up the narrow escalator and catch a flick ASAP. Art house, indie, doco, blockbuster, animated feline musical – whatever you want to watch, Cinema Nova will be playing it. And yep, late-night screenings of The Room are back on the schedule in July.
COVID-19 measures: 20 people are permitted per screening. Tickets can be pre-booked online and scanned at the entrance for self-service. All staff members will have their temperature checked upon arrival to their shift and are wearing disposable gloves. Social distancing markers, sanitiser stations and regular cleaning throughout service have all been implemented at the cinema. Read Cinema Nova’s COVID-19 measures.
The Kino Collins Place
Collins Street’s sweet boutique cinema will be up and running again from 2 July. You can book ahead already for sessions at The Kino. While you’re at it, why not treat yourself and upgrade to a brand new premium recliner seat?
COVID-19 measures: 20 people are permitted per screening. Tickets can be pre-booked online, and guests must stay in their allocated seats. If you can’t book online, you can call during business hours to reserve your seat. Kino has gone cashless to reduce contact points between staff and visitors.
You’ll have to wait a little longer for a luxe night out beside the river – Village’s Crown location won’t be open again until 20 July. The team will be updating opening dates on their website, so stay tuned for when you can visit again.
COVID-19 measures: TBC, check with the venue before planning your visit.
Coming soon to a theatre near you
Hoyts at Melbourne Central and District Docklands is still making plans to reopen – keep up to date on their website and socials. The Capitol on Swanston Street and the Chinatown Cinema on Little Bourke Street remain closed until further notice.
Movies at home
Staying in? Here’s how to get blockbuster vibes in your living room.
- Your library card is the key to thousands of free flicks. Use your library deets to watch movies, TV shows and documentaries for free on Kanopy.
- Tune in for fabulous full-length performances with the Australian Ballet’s free cinema-quality digital season to escape your lounge room to fairy tale forests and castles.
- Take a break from bingeing old Breaking Bad (or Gilmore Girls, no judgment here) with ACMI’s Virtual Melbourne Cinémathèque. This weekly free film club will screen movies chosen by the Melbourne Cinémathèque Committee.
- Recreate an experimental flick at home and project live jellyfish on your walls. Set a serene scene with this live stream from the aquarium.
Before making plans, be sure to check in with the DHHS for the most up to date guidelines and restrictions. Please note that due to current circumstances, businesses may close or change their offering at short notice. Check venues’ websites or social media for the latest updates before you head out.