For the very first time, Cinema Nova will participate in Art House Theatre Day, a celebration of independent cinemas worldwide and the cultural role they play in the community.
Art House Theatre Day recognises the contributions of film and filmmakers, patrons and staff that are dedicated to providing access to the best cinematic experience. In recent decades, a constellation of art houses theatres have emerged across the globe, with the movement nurturing independent productions, and an incredible diversity of original filmmaking.
Now in its 24th year, Cinema Nova celebrates standing the test of time and a flourishing film culture. In an age where media has become more digital, Nova remains a physical space where film lovers gather to enjoy and discuss quality films.
With 16 screens, Cinema Nova is the largest art house cinema in the southern hemisphere. Nova had its beginnings as a twin art house cinema when it opened in 1992 and has been expanding in size and diversity ever since. Two years after opening, Nova doubled in size to a four screen complex; adding a fifth screen a year later. By 2004 three more screens had opened including Melbourne’s first purely digital cinema screen. In 2010, just in time for Cinema Nova’s 18th birthday, a further four screens were added bringing the total to 15 auditoria. After extensive renovations in 2011, Cinema Nova introduced the Nova Bar, followed by Nova Deluxe in-cinema dining. And in 2015 a 16th theatre opened.
Cinema Nova’s General Manager, Kristian Connelly says “Cinema Nova is living proof that there is still a hunger and enthusiasm for quality art house film from home and abroad, and that in an age of sequels, prequels, reboots and streaming, the experience of going to the movies and enjoying a resonant story well-told is still a cultural cornerstone for countless Melbournians”.
Art House Theatre Day takes place Saturday September 24 with discounted, exclusive advance screenings of Life, Animated from Academy Award winning director Roger Ross Williams; and Francofonia, from Russian Ark director Alexander Sokurov.
The subject of his father Ron Suskind’s New York Times bestseller, Life Animated is the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films.
Francofonia is the powerful story of how precious artworks from the Louvre were saved during WWII occupied Paris.
Art House Theatre Day
Saturday September 24
11.00am: Life, Animated
At Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon Street, Carlton.
Tickets only $15 and on sale from the Cinema Nova Box Office or online – www.cinemanova.com.au