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Lido Cinemas is a brand new eight screen artiplex showing both commercial and new release art house films in the heart of Hawthorn’s bustling Glenferrie Road. Our exciting new cinema hosts special events and ensures audiences enjoy an intimate and specialised cinematic experience with films that cater for everyone. Possessing a vibrant atmosphere and boutique, individually designed cinemas, Lido’s diverse program of films and events will appeal to the many different tastes of film aficionados in the local area of Hawthorn and of wider Melbourne.
The Lido’s unique space has lost none of its grandeur since opening in 1912 when it first opened as a cinema. Innovative Architect Aidan Halloran has combined the building’s original structural features with contemporary design and technology. Preserving the building’s historic charm has been at the forefront of the design process and we hope you enjoy seeking out the cinema’s gorgeous original features. The Lido sees some of the world’s most cutting edge technology, including a 4K projector and Dolby Atmos, contrasted beautifully in our historic venue. If you look above you’ll also find Lido’s impressive rooftop cinema. Our rooftop forms as the first venue in mainland Australia to have a rooftop screen attached to the cinema.
Also in the Lido Cinemas Family:
Classic Cinemas is the longest continuously operating cinema in Victoria, now with six refurbished cinemas housing a wide range of blockbusters, independent and arthouse films. The Classic Cinema is also home to The Jewish International Film Festival, where Australian premieres of a world-class offering of features, documentaries and TV series from Israel and around the globe are presented annually. 9 Gordon Street, Elsternwick, 3185
Cameo Cinemas has a total of eight screens, including an outdoor cinema that operates Dec - March every year. Offering a mix of mainstream, blockbuster and quality art-house movies for discerning audiences this community hub of a cinema is set amidst the picturesque surrounds of the Dandenong Ranges. 1628 Burwood Hwy, Belgrave, 3160
Your Lido Membership is also valid for use at Classic and Cameo Cinemas.
For more info check out our FAQs here!
Did you know there were films in Australia as early as 1896? Before Lido was supplying you with the best entertainment in town, it was The Glenferrie Theatre built in 1917 on the site of the Roman Catholic school. Original features from the Glenferrie Theatre have been restored and revealed by Lido, including the patterned press-metal ceiling. There was a tea room on the left which was initially called Barnard's and then Heep's and on the right was a billiard saloon run by Horace Dawson and later Crawford and Simpson.
From 1922 the Glenferrie Picture Theatre became the Glen Palais de Danse, a dance hall, but this soon closed due to a routine health inspection that revealed “a certain amount of immorality going on outside” next to the Palais.
After several years operating as a miniature golf complex, in 1939 the building was renovated and reopened as the New Glen Picture Theatre. Architectural features from this time have now been uncovered by renovations from Lido, including the foyer’s terrazzo floor and decorative plaster ceilings throughout the cinemas. The New Glen enjoyed two decades of operation before going under in 1959.
The 60s, 70s and 80s saw various incarnations of dance schools and music halls in the balcony foyer areas of the old cinema, including the impressively named Naughty Nineties Theatre Restaurant Music Hall of 1984 and the eponymous Lido Cabaret and Restaurant. But by 2000, the Glen Arcade had become a mere collection of shops, with the upstairs balconies and alcoves sitting empty – until now.
Lido Cinemas, 675 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn, Offering a mix of mainstream, blockbuster and quality art-house movies for discerning audiences. We also offer a outdoor rooftop cinema screen and Jazz room.
Tel: (03) 8658 0000