Silence is golden…

Posted by on Jan 5, 2012 in Activities, Melbourne, Theater | 4 comments

Silence is golden…

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And you were worried that one of my new resolutions might have been to give up my cheesy post headings? When I first read about the new silent Southgate CinemaI was intrigued – tucked upstairs on the east wing of shops this free (Free Free Free) movie cinema is almost a blend between sitting indoors and outdoors beneath a lovely atrium. I jumped online (why, what a surprise) and booked tickets to see Australian classic Kenny during the break between Christmas and New Years.

Southgate Cinema

We arrived as recommended by 7:15pm and were ticked off the list, given some discount vouchers for local restaurants and told we would have just under an hour to grab something to eat before coming back to watch the movie (very savvy Southgate!). We went downstairs to the giant food court (something for everyone here) and grabbed a quick bite to eat and then went for a lovely stroll along the Yarra as the sun began to set. We watched some guys take down the giant bow from atop the crossover bridge (so sad) and then headed to trampoline for some gelato to go with our film.

Southgate Cinema

The southgate cinema area was set up in rows of four bright stripy deck chairs divided in the middle with a white box which served well as a mini table. We dropped off a piece of ID and collected a mini sennhieser for us to plug in our headsets (I did tell you it was a silent cinema didn’t I?). We had all chosen to bring along our own headphones but I think you could also pick up a pair there if needed. We settled in to our surprisingly comfortable deck chairs – yup, that’s right. Comfortable – and began trying to work out our headsets. All pretty easy to manage but you just had to be careful not to block the transmission (?) of the sound by crossing your arms over the device. I should point out that we all quite enjoyed waving our hands over each other’s devices to block their sound though. Aren’t we lovely.

Southgate Cinema

The movie began playing just before eight I think and after a minor bump with the directors commentary we were off to a good start. The screen was a little harder to see as we waited for the sun to go down (yes, I was the strange girl with sunnies on watching the film inside) but as it got darker the resolution got better. The cinema was about 80% full I think and it was a really mixed crowd of people stepping out to enjoy the evening.

Southgate Cinema

One of the strangest things is that all the dinners and shoppers and passersby who walk past and have no idea what all these people are doing lounging in deck chairs looking at the ceiling in the middle of a shopping centre. Once people saw the screen and earphones they seemed to get it but I did notice a few people tapped a viewer on the screen and asked what was going on.

Southgate Cinema


The southgate cinema is running all summer (and fingers crossed will carry on throughout the year) on Tuesday and Wednesday nights with an assortment of movies from Muriel’s wedding to Charade to a favourite of mine, the Philadelphia Story. As a free activity this is a great idea and a really nice way to gather some friends together for a relaxed evening.

The Southgate Cinema does occasionally sell out but you can book well in advance (I already have tickets for the end of Feb).

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  1. I love this blog – am really glad you are back for another year!

    This sounds like a lot of fun, just booked tickets to see one of the movies – thanks :-)

    • Thanks Bec – hope you enjoy the movie!

  2. This looks so much fun! Will give it a go very soon!

  3. Oh woo! I LOVE this sort of thing! I haven’t heard about it, so thanks for sharing….
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