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Lido Cinemas Launch

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by Fiona Anderson (subscribe)
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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.

Lido Cinemas Hawthorn
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.

Lido Cinemas Hawthorn
The Cinemas feature cutting edge technology

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.

Lido Cinemas Hawthorn
Entrance to the 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.

Lido Cinemas Hawthorn
Decorative ceilings have been retained

The cinemas opens with a range of movies to suit every taste: the critically acclaimed and multi-award winning black comedy Zero Motivation (exclusive to Lido); the highly anticipated sequel Ted 2; the story of The Beach Boys frontman Brian Wilson, Love and Mercy; the hit based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, Far From the Madding Crowd; the Academy Award-nominated Tangerines; Pixar's Inside Out; the much-anticipated spin-off of Despicable Me, Minions; the box office smash hit Jurassic World; and the Bollywood film Sardaar Ji.

All tickets for all sessions on opening day, 25th June 2015, are $5.

The opening week also includes the Melbourne premiere of Human Centipede III, with a special Q&A session following the 9:30pm screening with cast member Laurence R Harvey, as well as screenings of Terminator Genisys and the Chinese box office smash hit Hollywood Adventures.

Lido Cinemas Hawthorn
Don't miss out on the $5 tickets on opening day!

As another opening offer, film lovers can buy a $10 annual membership, giving members unlimited $10 movies for the first three months.

For more information on session times and to buy tickets online, please go to the website.
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Why? Be the first to experience this brilliant new 'artiplex' development.
When: Various session times on Thursday 25th June
Where: 675 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
Cost: $5 tickets on opening day
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What an amazing looking cinema. I'll definitely check it out
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