Barbenheimer, Taylor Swift, and two brothers named Mario and Luigi helped bring cinemagoers back to theatres this year. And with the SAG-AFTRA strike looking likely to be resolved soon, it seems like as good a time as any for Melbourne to welcome a new movie theatre.
Natalie Miller AO and Barry Peak, two of the key figures behind Cinema Nova in Carlton, just announced the opening of a new movie theatre complex as part of the East Brunswick Village development.
Fomo Cinemas – technically short for “food and movies”, rather than “fear of missing out” – will have six screens playing blockbusters and cult classics, with programming leaning more towards mainstream titles than the indie gems Nova is best known for.
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The concept centres on a high-quality food offering, inspired by dine-in theatres like Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn, New York – which has published its own cookbook, and is known for matching dishes and drinks to what’s playing onscreen – and Alamo Drafthouse, a luxury chain with locations across the United States.
The new cinema is due to commence screenings in December – in time for anticipated summer releases like Yorgos Lanthimos’s Poor Things; Ferrari, a biopic of the Italian sports car magnate starring Adam Driver; and the Paul Giamatti and Alexander Payne reunion special The Holdovers.