Best independent cinemas in Australia

  

Best independent cinemas in Australia

From Sydney to Adelaide, the cities and towns of Australia are home to some creative and charming independent cinemas. From the seaside location of the Avoca Beach Picture Theatre, to the Rooftop Cinema's urban space on the top of one of Melbourne's high-rise buildings, a trip to the movies can be transformed into an experience you won't forget if you visit one of these special indie venues.
The Avoca Beach Picture Theatre, NSW
This charming single screen movie theatre (in photo) has a unique location - right next to a beautiful beach in Avoca, New South Wales. It's frequently been voted Australia's Best Independent Regional Cinema; the theatre has a unique community focused feel and has been curated and run by four generations of the Hunter family since it was founded in 1948. The cinema shows a mixture of films - from the latest blockbuster to arthouse secrets - but you can be sure it's all lovingly curated for the enjoyment of audiences by the friendly owners.
Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, Sydney
In the heart of Sydney, along the busy Military Road, the art deco brilliance of the Orpheum Picture Palace shouldn't be missed during a trip to Sydney. You'll feel like you've time travelled back to the 1930s when you experience their piano bar and watch classic silent film screenings accompanied by their original Wurlitzer organ. It's a glamorous cinema with innovative programming, and shouldn't be missed.
Capri Theatre, Adelaide
Art Deco cinema the Capri Theatre is located in Goodwood, a suburb of southern city Adelaide. Built in the 1930s, it's a beguiling example of Art Deco architecture with a show stopping Wurlitzer organ as the cinema's centrepiece. Best loved for its multi-annual “Nostalgia Movie Nights,” you'll be swathed in vintage glamour when you attend one of these events, which combine classic movies with supporting retro shorts, newsreels and advertising. If you're after a dose of the nostalgic, no theatre does it better than the Capri Theatre.
Palace Nova, Adelaide
This pretty Adelaide-based cinema has a unique twist. In the same way as it focuses on great programming - there's a fab line up of the latest arthouse films as well as blockbusters and repertory screenings - it focuses on what is arguably the best accompaniment to a film there can be; a chilled glass of wine. You won't find any lukewarm beverages in plastic cups here - wine is served in elegant glasses and all in all it's a classy affair. The cinema plays host to internationally acclaimed events like Adelaide Film Festival, and houses nine different screens, including an IMAX screen. For an elegant experience, as well as programming to suit everyone's taste, this is great place to come.
Rooftop Cinema, Melbourne
For a hip experience in arty city Melbourne, visit the Rooftop Cinema. During the summer months, this al fresco cinema at a central location - Rooftop Bar in the downtown area - becomes a relaxing destination with a festival-like vibe. It's perfect for seeing a well-curated array of contemporary art house and blockbusters, as well as classics - think Clueless, Casablanca and Napoleon Dynamite. If you get peckish, there's an on-site burger stand which also serves up gourmet popcorn. Cinema host Rooftop Bar will also keep you well stocked with craft beers and crisp glasses of wine.
Mount Vic Flicks, Sydney
Outside of Sydney, the quaint village of Mount Victoria in the Blue Mountains is a great place to have a day out. It's also definitely worth travelling here in the evening to spend the night at Mount Vic Flicks. The historic theatre was originally known as Mount Victoria Pictures and operated under this name till the mid-1950s. For the next thirty years, the cinema remained closed, until Ron and Diane Bayley reopened it as Mount Vic Flicks in the 1980s. Today, the cinema owns a digital projector, and plays the latest arthouse films and classic repertory screenings. The cosy and special interior is beautifully preserved.

 

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