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There is an air of sophistication as there Kino has a licensed bar with treats, such as cheese platters, cakes and gourmet ice creams. It has a good wine list and even cocktails including a Pimm's cup and Everleigh's single-serve, pre-batched cocktails in their classy silver-capped glass flasks.
If you are coming straight from work you don't have to worry about going hungry as the Kino is surrounded by casual dining places such as Rush Sushi, Laneway Greens and Sumo Salad. Use the Liven App for even more savings at Sumo.
Or if you want to make a night of it, some of Melbourne best-known restaurants such as Chin Chin, Coda, Cumulus and Cumulus Up are just through on Flinders Lane and Mamasita is just up Collins. And if you are aiming for these popular restaurants on a Monday, you might just stand a chance of getting in without queueing.
A member of the Palace group of cinemas, Kino screens local and international features and documentaries as well as retrospectives, special film events, and festival programs. I have seen MIFF films there as well as director talks.
You will not only find serious new releases but also art-house, cult, foreign-language and classic movies. These are shown across seven screens in intimate cinemas which have plush seating and a certain cosinesses missing from the huge suburban cinemas.
The Kino is ringed by shops and hotels and office towers so it is away from the traffic in a contained area. The Chocolate Box is one of those shops, so if it's a special night out you can buy a box of chocolates to take in with you.
If you are there during the day, there is even a place directly above Kino called the Drawing Room, where you can curl up with a book, or newspaper and use the free wifi to check your email.
For getting home you only have to hop on a tram. Public Transport Tram routes that just outside include the 109, 11, 12, 48 (Spring St stop) and you are a few minutes walk from Parliament Station.
If you happen to bring in your car, then Parking Collins Place Car Park offers Kino Cinema guests free parking during the first two hours of their visit (additional rates apply after two hours). Located at 28 Flinders Lane, the Collins Place Car Park is on the right-hand side of the lane, approximately 50 metres from Spring Street.
Patrons must validate their parking ticket at the box office for this discount.