When cinemas were in their heyday, thousands would attend the Saturday night screenings, so some of the original cinema buildings were like palaces in the centre of town. Many of them were pulled down or converted to other uses with the advent of television in the 1950s and 60s. But Victoria still has a good few vintage cinemas showing films even today. Vintage Victoria will include also buildings converted to multiplexes or old buildings now used as cinemas even if that wasn’t the original purpose of the venue. Some have been gutted and only retain the vintage façade; others retain wonderful original features inside. If you have a cinema nearby that you think fits the bill and I haven’t been there yet, get in touch. And if you have memories of seeing films there as a youth, tell your story, remind us of the film, and let us share the romance.

Balwyn Theatre

Another palatial art deco cinema in the Melbourne suburb of Balwyn. Opened in 1930, and still showing a great mix of films today.

Rex Theatre, Charlton

This classic 1938 vintage cinema in Charlton still shows films three times a week, as it did when it first opened. And it survived the 2011 floods in the town.

Sun Theatre – Yarraville

This 1938 vintage cinema in Yarraville still towers over what was once a heavily industrialised - now gentrified - part of Melbourne. Beautiful art deco.

Regent Theatre, Melbourne

The Regent Theatre in Collins St has been reborn a few times, after fire in 1945 and then a remodel in 1993, with lots of design features based on the original 1929 building.

Rivoli Cinemas, Camberwell

The Rivoli Theatre in Camberwell is a superb 1940 palace with lots of original features and still showing a great range of movies to this day.

Westgarth Theatre, Northcote

Westgarth Theatre in Northcote has been showing films since 1921. Now a multiplex, but a fantastic facade & lots of original features inside too. Great arthouse programme, too.

Star Cinema, Eaglehawk

Boutique cinema full of sofas in the same venue as they first showed films over 100 years ago. Lovely place to see films in Eaglehawk near Bendigo.

Paramount Theatre – Maryborough

The new owners of the Paramount Theatre in Maryborough have kept the fantastic 1920s frontage with the old Coffee Palace next door. Great to have a cinema in Maryborough again.

Astor Cinema, Ararat

The Astor Cinema in Ararat opened 80 years ago in 1938 and is still going today. They bring a cup of tea to your seat if you are running late for the film. Shame they don't make more of their history.

Regent Theatre, Ballarat

The Regent Theatre is the loveliest cinema in Ballarat, right in the city centre. The multiplex today has kept many features from the original 1920s movie theatre, with arthouse & mainstream programme

Balwyn Theatre

Another palatial art deco cinema in the Melbourne suburb of Balwyn. Opened in 1930, and still showing a great mix of films today.

Rex Theatre, Charlton

This classic 1938 vintage cinema in Charlton still shows films three times a week, as it did when it first opened. And it survived the 2011 floods in the town.

Sun Theatre – Yarraville

This 1938 vintage cinema in Yarraville still towers over what was once a heavily industrialised - now gentrified - part of Melbourne. Beautiful art deco.

Regent Theatre, Melbourne

The Regent Theatre in Collins St has been reborn a few times, after fire in 1945 and then a remodel in 1993, with lots of design features based on the original 1929 building.

Rivoli Cinemas, Camberwell

The Rivoli Theatre in Camberwell is a superb 1940 palace with lots of original features and still showing a great range of movies to this day.

Westgarth Theatre, Northcote

Westgarth Theatre in Northcote has been showing films since 1921. Now a multiplex, but a fantastic facade & lots of original features inside too. Great arthouse programme, too.

Star Cinema, Eaglehawk

Boutique cinema full of sofas in the same venue as they first showed films over 100 years ago. Lovely place to see films in Eaglehawk near Bendigo.

Paramount Theatre – Maryborough

The new owners of the Paramount Theatre in Maryborough have kept the fantastic 1920s frontage with the old Coffee Palace next door. Great to have a cinema in Maryborough again.

Astor Cinema, Ararat

The Astor Cinema in Ararat opened 80 years ago in 1938 and is still going today. They bring a cup of tea to your seat if you are running late for the film. Shame they don't make more of their history.

Regent Theatre, Ballarat

The Regent Theatre is the loveliest cinema in Ballarat, right in the city centre. The multiplex today has kept many features from the original 1920s movie theatre, with arthouse & mainstream programme