Let’s go to the movies…

Posted by on Jul 19, 2011 in Activities, Melbourne, Theater | 5 comments

Let’s go to the movies…

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I love thinking of a time when you would get dressed up to go the movies, when it was an event in its own right. These days we tend to like our cinemas giant, high tech and generic. Not that there’s anything wrong with that just every so often it’s nice to slip back in time.

One of the best places to step back in time in Melbourne is the Balwyn Palace Cinema. This place invites long beads, cigarette holders and drop waisted dresses with its gorgeous Art Deco design (well, perhaps not the cigarettes!).


We actually went here on Saturday to see the final Harry Potter film (really good and much better than the last one although a few liberties with the book) and I had forgotten how much I liked it. Given we had spent the morning having Devonshire Teas and strolling Maling Rd this was the perfect follow up (although Bright Young Things or Brideshead Revisited may have been more appropriate). Pulling up outside the theatre the art deco facade really stands out in an otherwise very ‘Australia in the 60s’ street.

Entering the cinema it’s hard to miss the giant chandelier, rounded and angled deco interiors and the stunning patterned floor. It does feel a little like you have stepped into a 1920s movie. No objections from me. We were also thrilled to note that the candy bar/cafe stocked such specials as wine and panetone for $10. Yes, wine!! For those non wine lovers they also had a hot chocolate and freddo frog offer. While we didn’t visit the cafe (ok we visited but no purchases were made – they were giant scones) it was hard not to be impressed with the suite of non traditional cinema offerings (organic sweet n salty popcorn anyone?).


The theatre is really well designed and while perhaps a little old (think tea with nanna) resonates charm throughout. While I must admit I am easily won with a good chandelier this place has o much more to offer. I will definitely have to make this the place to see my next costume drama (I am addicted) and in the meantime keep an eye on the great list of art house movies available.

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  1. Looks like a lovely place to watch a movie!

    With regards to the title of your post, unfortunately (or fortunately) the first thing that I thought of immediately was this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmJbJs-9ST0 and I was wondering if you were writing about him. I’m pretty sure he’s from Melbourne :)

    • Ha ha – had never heard of him…in my mind the title is reminiscent of the song in Annie the Musical!!!

  2. I had totally forgotten about this cinema! Gorgeous! I love the art deco gems scattered around Melbourne!
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    • Me too – there are some stunning buildings tucked away.

      • & god we so need to preserve our art-deco buildings! Going here tonight for the first time, cant wait!

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