About Cinema Nova

Cinema Nova was established in August 1992 at 380 Lygon Street Carlton 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 southern hemisphere, with 16 theatres showing the best in quality, independent, Australian, arthouse and international film. An essential part of the Lygon Street scene, Cinema Nova is a part of Carlton’s cultural fabric and offers Melbourne moviegoers more variety 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, The Jammed, Snowpiercer, Mud, The Witch, Cabin in the Woods, Margaret, Weekend, Citizenfour, Winter Sleep, Under the Skin, Once Upon A Time In Anatolia, The Bling Ring, I Am Eleven, and of course Lygon Street: Si Parla 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.

Cinema Nova is fully licensed, allowing alcoholic beverages to be taken into most sessions. With a wine-list that is curated with as much care as the films we screen, every visit to Nova has a sense of occasion. 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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