Cinemas and Movies in Melbourne

Information on where and how to find full listings of what's on at the movies today, and in the near future. Where to find out what's showing in Melbourne and how to book your seat at the cinema...

Melbourne has a variety of movie theatres which include multiplex, independent and rooftop, screening recent releases, foreign language, classics and art-house (also known as “art cinema”) films.

The city is also home to the Australian Centre of the Moving Image (ACMI), an internationally recognised facility which is dedicated to the moving image in all its forms.

The websites of the cinema chains have information on films showing forthcoming films and their trailers. Melbourne has an IMAX cinema which is located on Rathdowne Street in Carlton.

Outdoor Cinemas

Rooftop Cinema & Bar: During the summer months the Rooftop Cinema & Bar in the CBD shows art-house, classic and recent release films. Tickets for the summer season usually go on sale in December; see the cinema's website for more information.

  • At: Level 7 Curtin House, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne 3000

Moonlight Cinema: Open air cinema showing recent release, cult and classic films in Melbourne’s Royal Botanical Gardens. Tickets for the summer season usually go on sale in November and can be purchased online or at the box office. Discounts are available on Wednesdays. Bean beds are available for hire, and food and drinks can be purchased on site.

  • At: Royal Botanical Gardens, Birdwood Avenue (near the intersection of Domain Road) South Yarra

Lunar Drive-in Cinema: The largest drive-in cinema in Australia, open all year round and showing the latest Hollywood releases. The Lunar Café is open before and during the shows, serving food and beverages.

  • At: 11 South Gippsland Highway, Dandenong, VIC 3175
    Tel: 03 9706 9988

Melbourne Film Festivals

The Melbourne International Film Festival takes place in August every year and is the most important screen event in the country, showcasing the best in current cinema from Australia and around the globe.

The French Film Festival organised by the Alliance Française runs for five weeks in March every year and is the largest French cinema festival outside France in the world.

Film Classification

The Australian Classification Board is the statutory classification body which classifies movies, publications and video games for sale, hire or exhibition.

The Australian movie classifications are as follows:

  • G - Suitable for all viewers. The content is not disturbing or harmful, but not necessarily suitable for children
  • PG - Parental guidance recommended. Generally the content is mild in impact but children can find some content upsetting
  • M - Recommended for mature audiences. Content is generally moderate in impact, it can contain material that requires a mature perspective and is not suitable for children under 15 years
  • MA - Mature Accompanied. Persons under the age of 15 years must be accompanied by an adult to purchase, rent, exhibit or view films with this rating. It is a criminal offence to exhibit these films to children under 15 years if not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian
  • R - Restricted to 18 years and over. Persons under the age of 18 years may not purchase, rent, exhibit or view R18+ films, to do so is a criminal offence
  • X - Restricted to 18 years and over. Contains material that is sexually explicit or of very high impact. Persons under the age of 18 years may not purchase, rent, exhibit or view films with this rating, to do so is a criminal offence