The Rivoli Cinema is by far my favourite place to go for a night out. Somehow the classic art deco atmosphere and vintage posters seem to teleport you back in time to the golden ages of cinema. With this cinema going to the movies is no longer an ordeal with cramped seats and sticky floors, instead it's an experience.
While it's never explicitly stated, I always feel the need to dress up a little every time I go and am never disappointed as each individual theatre is constructed like a work of art.
Unfortunately this time we arrived late at the last minute and had to settle for seats in row 'A' which led to lots of neck craning. Ideally if you can book seats in row D in the centre as from experience they always have the best view.
As in most cinemas the popcorn and drinks are pretty over priced, but unlike most cinemas they make a really nice cup of coffee. There is also a restaurant within the cinema which serves absolutely phenomenal food but this is also on the more expensive side. Personally I recommend eating at Fontana Pizza across the road before coming to enjoy your movie.
The Rivoli has one of the best ambiences I've ever felt in a cinema and going there is less of an activity and more of an experience. Make sure you check their website before making the trip as they don't always show all of the blockbusters offered by other cinemas. The Rivoli is also one of the few Melbourne cinemas offering a variety of arthouse and independent films.
I wish I could say the same (I once did). I have just returned empty handed from Rivoli as the movie I wanted to see (Where do you go from here) was screening in a tiny theatre with 6 rows, front 3 rows of which are an apology. Rivoli makes no apology for not letting people know in the papers that the movie is showing in the tiny preview theatre. All other Palace cinemas have somethinh better to offer. So my advice is if you want to see any movie which is showing in Palace cinemas, please don't go to Rivoli Melbourne.