The elegant and iconic Northcote Theatre – or as it’s known today, The Regal Ballroom – is due to celebrate its 100th birthday this year. Since it was erected a century ago in 1912, it has flourished into a significant landmark that is truly emblematic of Melbourne’s artistic and cultural community.

The large, ornate venue is currently renowned as a prominent boutique wedding and entertainment space, yet as part of the anniversary festivities, the Northcote Theatre will make a dazzling return to its heyday as Melbourne’s oldest standing cinema.

Blow Up Cinema is a weeklong event in which the Northcote Theatre will host a number of film favourites in its historic interior. Designed and built by architect Edward Twentyman Junior, the theatre was selected as the location for the Annual Northcote Mayoral Ball in its opening year and maintains its majestic character.

The event will kick off with a Sunday matinee screening of the stunning Italian classic Cinema Paradiso, and will finish with the Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge (together with a live jazz band and a complimentary glass of champagne).

Blow Up Cinema runs from Sunday July 15 until Thursday July 19 at the Northcote Theatre, 216 High Street, Northcote. All tickets are $15.

Sunday July 15, 5pm: Cinema Paradiso
Monday July 16, 8pm: Donnie Darko
Tuesday July 17, 8pm: The Artist
Wednesday July 18, 8pm: The Shining
Thursday July 19 (closing party), 9pm: Moulin Rouge

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