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Cinema Nova

380 Lygon St, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
+61 3 9347 5331
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It's the only cinema in Melb I go to. Reason I wanted to write today is that I don't like the new... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Melbourne, Australia
via mobile
Cinema with great atmosphere

Great cinema with more of a local feel. Enjoy a drink in the bar before. Coffee and cake at... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Melbourne, Australia
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Cinema Nova was established in August 1992 as a collaboration between two landmark Australian independent cinemas - the Longford Cinema in South Yarra and the Valhalla Cinema in Richmond and Westgarth, and opened as a twin theatre. Since that time we've grown to become one of the biggest independent cinemas in the world, with 16 theatres showing the best in quality indie, Australian and arthouse film. An essential part of the Lygon Street scene, Cinema Nova is a part of Carlton's cultural fabric and offers Melbourne more than any other cinema. With our exclusive seasons we've brought Melbournians their only chance to see on the big screen films such as Ex Machina, Snowpiercer, Mud, The Witch, Cabin in the Woods, Margaret, Weekend, Citizenfour, Winter Sleep, Under the Skin, The Bling Ring, I Am Eleven, and of course Lygon Street: Si Parlo Italiano. Cinema Nova was among the first cinemas in the country to start screening stage productions from around the world, and we now draw thousands to see the Met Opera and London's National Theatre from the comfort of our theatres. Our Meet the Filmmaker and curated events programs allow our audience to experience film up close and personally, while also making going to the cinema an exciting event. From our famous house-made choc tops, voted the best in Melbourne by The Age, to our Nova Bar + Kitchen, and our indulgent Nova Deluxe and High Tea in-cinema dining sessions, you can combine your love of cinema with the best in food and beverages.
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good28%
  • Average6%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
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380 Lygon St, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
Lygon Street
+61 3 9347 5331
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's the only cinema in Melb I go to. Reason I wanted to write today is that I don't like the new update of your online site, i follow the prompts but can't see the date & session I want to see. Also I've lost...More

Thank Amouagex2
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Great cinema with more of a local feel. Enjoy a drink in the bar before. Coffee and cake at Brunettis at the end, a great night out. Will go again.

Thank Denisedmelb
Reviewed 2 May 2017

This cinema is a Melbourne Institution. Mainly arthouse or foreign language films are shown here. Went to see a movie called 'Dancer' and it was awesome. Super small theatre, which was lovely and intimate. Very busy too. Great place to go.

Thank Merilyn_S_12
Reviewed 28 April 2017 via mobile

I have been coming to the Cinema Nova since 1970 when I was an undergraduate at the University of Melbourne. It just gets better and better. Right in the heart of Lygon Street with an array of eateries, predominantly Italian. Great movies, great eating and...More

Thank Garry632015
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

$9 dollars on a Monday wow. Great wee place to see a movie. Comfortable and offers good selection of movies.

Thank Jazz2singer
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Once there were cinemas which showed Hollywood movies. As Melbourne's population has grown so have the choices of what to do. Cinema Nova is a successful model for art house Cinemas. In other countries there are small art house cinemas which have a couple of...More

Thank tomfrombrunswick
Reviewed 1 April 2017

Was at carlton during my Jan 2017 trip and took some time off trip by grabing a show. It was LaLaLand. It was just a random decision to watch a show during my travels and it does not dissapoint me at all. Go for a...More

Thank Lee W
Reviewed 22 March 2017

If you looking for a great cinema to visit in Melbourne go to Cinema Nova! You can expect to see the best quality Australian, arthouse, and indie films here. Often they have exclusive seasons that bring you films you can’t see anywhere else in Australia....More

Thank jessinmelbournecity
Reviewed 14 February 2017

My overall rating is 'Excellent', because over the years I've come to view its quirks and problems (poor lighting in the Ladies toilets for example) as endearing rather than annoying. Plus there's a little bistro/coffee area up there far better than the pretentious and disappointing...More

Thank egveditor
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

When we stay in Melbourne, we love to go to the movies. Nova is our favourite because it is located in Carlton, the italian area of Melbourne. Good food and drinks in this area !

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Lygon Street
If you want real parmesan, cut from the block, grated
over your pasta with a twist of style, this is the
place. Until recently, this neighbourhood was home to
the notorious ‘Carlton Crew,’ a pseudo mafia who
started their day with a local espresso. They are
gone, but the espresso still runs strong in this
Little Italy which has something for everyone.
Starched white tablecloths, candles, pizza the way
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