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by Stephanie Carter (subscribe)
Originally from California I'm now in Melbourne pursuing my masters degree. Visit my blog at cartyparty-sncarter.blogspot.com.
Published July 30th 2011
The Lygon Street movie theater is known as Cinema Nova, and plays movies from all over the board. Located next to what used to be Borders books and upstairs from Woolworths, the theater provides an experience that is different than what we would get in The States.

First of all, I always thought going to the movies was an expensive endeavour, but that took on new meaning as soon as I stepped in line to buy my ticket for Harry Potter this evening. I chose to see it in 2D, which even with a concession card cost me $15.50, and I can't even imagine what it would cost to upgrade to 3D, especially because they tack on an extra charge for the glasses.

After purchasing my ticket, I went upstairs to the snack bar and came to the realisation that the number of options available to me were rather slim (at least compared to American standards). There was popcorn and soda, but hardly any candy and no hot dogs or soft pretzels in sight. It's the American way to pig out when you go see a movie, but here it seems as if that's not the case. A large popcorn cost me $6 (the medium was $5 and there was no such thing as a small) and getting butter on it wasn't even an option. My mother would have thrown a fit. The bucket I received didn't even last me the first 20 minutes of the film, but I enjoyed what I had nonetheless. Luckily I'm not a butter lover, so that wasn't a huge issue for me.

The theater itself was cozy. Not very big at all, but we still had assigned seating. It was clean and the set up of the chairs was nice. They are much more comfortable than what I would find at home and made the viewing experience very pleasant. All in all, if the prices were cheaper, I could see myself enjoying a film there every week, especially because the selection at this particular theater is of such a wide variety.

Most of the films overshadow the blockbuster hits and I've never even heard of or seen many of them advertised, but they still look interesting. Overall a positive experience. I don't know how the theater rates against others in the area, but I guess that means that I'll just have to venture and find out.
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Where: 380 Lygon Street Carlton VIC 3053
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