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All tickets $5 on opening day 25th June 2015
In an outstanding development, Melbourne's newest cinema complex, Lido Cinemas, will be unveiled on 25th June 2015. Located at 675 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn, the complex features an eight screen 'artiplex'.
Lido will screen both commercial and arthouse films, and will offer Australian premieres, exclusive releases and a focus on local community engagement. It will fill a gap for enthusiastic local movie goers, as the last cinema in Hawthorn - the Palace - closed in 1962.
The ornate ceilings are amongst the many architectural features retained in the renovation of Lido
Lido will be the first venue in mainland Australia to have a rooftop screen attached to a cinema.
It will also boast cutting edge technology, including a 4K resolution projector and Dolby Atmos, contrasting with the historic venue, which retains period features including an Edwardian-era marble staircase and pressed metal ceilings.
The building in which the Lido is located is a heritage listed site with a long history. It has been lovingly restored by cinephiles Eddie and Lindy Tamir, owners of Elsternwick's Classic, and Belgrave's Cameo Cinemas.
Throughout its history, the building has been home to various entertainment, arts and cultural activities, from cabaret and music halls to mini golf and, of course, cinema. It formerly operated as the Glenferrie Theatre from 1912 to 1921, and then as the New Glen from 1939 to 1959.
As a dance hall in the 1920s, it was the subject of scandal, with a routine health inspection revealing, as reported in a newspaper, "a certain amount of immorality going on outside" next to the venue. By 1931 it had become a miniature golf complex.
Despite its very mixed past, the building has retained many historic features. These include the foyer's terrazzo floor and decorative plaster ceilings throughout the cinemas.