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Cinema Nova

Lygon Street
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Address: 380 Lygon St, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 3 9347 5331
10:00 - 21:45
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Sun - Thu 10:00 - 21:45
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 23:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Cinema Nova was established in August 1992 as a collaboration between two...

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.

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Great wee cinema

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

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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

Thank Jazz2singer
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 screens and dedicated owners who teeter on the edge of bankruptcy. They show occasional good... More 

Thank tomfrombrunswick
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 show once in a while. Nova's the place. Homey and Try their Monday Deals. worth... More 

Thank Lee W
Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
Reviewed 21 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. There also are regular Q&A sessions with filmmakers and V.I.P’s to look forward to. All... More 

Thank jessinmelbournecity
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7 reviews
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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 Brunetti's downstairs. The choice of films is interesting and varied (I was moved to tears... More 

Thank egveditor
Antwerp, Belgium
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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 !

Thank Hugo H
Rutherglen, Australia
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Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

Went to the Cinema Nova Carlton, you can purchase your tickets up go 7 days through the online machine located near the box office. It is situated in the Lygon street arcade. Cinema seats very comfortable in 5.

Thank kayzie60
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
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Reviewed 24 January 2017

Although Nova used to be on of the great independent cinemas of melbourne, sadly they have fallen into the cliche world of the popular movie. In fact every cinema in melbourne is currently showing the same offerings (maybe excluding Astor and ACMI). What happened to the foreign language selection in this supposedly multicultural city? Really this is the sad reality,... More 

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Reviewed 16 January 2017

I regularly visit Cinema Nova when in Melbourne to watch the widest range of independent movies in Melbourne. Good service in the box office but usually switched off disinterested staff collect tickets Great cinemas, well priced tickets, multiple toilets good selection of casual food and drinks. With many local places to eat aswell as a supermarket all close by in... More 

Thank jdominic10
Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 15 January 2017

Located in Lygon Street,the theatre is well within reach of the city. Take a tram to the end of the free travel section & then walk a few blocks. Coffee/ cake shop , tickets on the ground level. Machine for CC but make sure you collect a ticket per person as they print. Good selection of movies. Many places to... More 

Thank Diane W

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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 they do it "back home" and maybe even a bit of amore. The number of gelato choices will leave you in a state of indecision and wide footpaths, big awnings and a sea of packed tables makes this al fresco dining experience a continental buzz. Even if you’re not eating, it’s worth the stroll just for the people-watching, which, of course, is an Italian tradition.
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