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.

Forum Theatre, Melbourne

Another palatial 1920s cinema in the heart of Melbourne, the Forum Theatre only occasionally shows films these days, but when it opened as the State Theatre had 3000+ seats for cinema-goers

Capitol Theatre – Melbourne

Lighting was key to making the Capitol Theatre unique when it opened in 1924 so it's fitting that The Capitol still has fantastic lighting after its recent refurb. Great venue for MIFF.

Theatre Royal, Castlemaine

The Theatre Royal in Castlemaine first opened its doors at the height of the 1850s goldrush, with the art deco facade of today's cinema a 1930s innovation

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.

Forum Theatre, Melbourne

Another palatial 1920s cinema in the heart of Melbourne, the Forum Theatre only occasionally shows films these days, but when it opened as the State Theatre had 3000+ seats for cinema-goers

Capitol Theatre – Melbourne

Lighting was key to making the Capitol Theatre unique when it opened in 1924 so it's fitting that The Capitol still has fantastic lighting after its recent refurb. Great venue for MIFF.

Theatre Royal, Castlemaine

The Theatre Royal in Castlemaine first opened its doors at the height of the 1850s goldrush, with the art deco facade of today's cinema a 1930s innovation

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.