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In the lead-up to its 85th birthday in July 2022, Ritz Cinemas is undergoing renovations and upgrades. The plans retain all the cinema’s spectacular historical elements and gorgeous Art Deco details, while adding some exciting new features.

An information session about the renovation plans will be held on Sunday 1 August at 11am followed by a rare screening of A Star is Born (1937) starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, which was released in theatres the same year that the Randwick Ritz opened its doors for the first time.

Since 1937, Ritz Cinemas has provided 84 uninterrupted years of magical moviegoing in the heart of Randwick. And there are no plans of slowing down – the upcoming renovations will enable Ritz to continue to be at the forefront of cinema culture and experience for the next 85 years to come and beyond.

Ritz has long been a beloved hub for the local community and a cherished Randwick icon. The upcoming renovation plans lovingly preserve the charm and character of Ritz, while giving the cinema a much-needed glow-up for its 85th birthday, bringing its facilities up to a world-class standard. The cinema’s new design aesthetic will be inspired by 1930s surrealism, bringing fresh colour, pattern and surprise to its interior spaces.    

​The resplendent cinema 1 is retaining all its historic glory, while also having its stage expanded and other improvements made for live performance capabilities, filling a gap in Sydney’s eastern suburbs for significant live venues for music and comedy. 

Seating in all the cinemas is being upgraded to luxury armchairs, and two completely new theatres are being added, allowing for more sessions in Ritz’s already expansive and eclectic programming that includes all the best new arthouse and blockbuster releases from Australia and around the world, as well as carefully curated retrospective programs and film festival fare. 

Ritz also continues to be a home of celluloid film projection with its popular 35mm and 70mm screenings showing regularly into the future.

Both the ground floor and upstairs foyer spaces are being renovated to provide warm and welcoming areas for lounging and experiencing the dynamic energy of the passing parade of cinephiles. And with this, the food and drink menus at the Ritz Bar are evolving to include more of the best local wines and beers including 10 dedicated craft beer taps. 

Co-owner of Ritz Cinemas, Eddie Tamir, is providing a presentation at the information session on Sunday 1 August covering Ritz’s new general design concept, the restoration and conservation of original heritage features, the upgrades, accessibility and more, and will take questions from those attending. 

Tickets to the information session are $10 and include both the information session and the screening of A Star is Born (1937) afterwards.

Everyone is welcome at this session and tickets are available here.


DATE: Sunday 1 August
TIME: 11am (information session), 11.40am (film commences).
ADDRESS: 45 St Pauls Street, Randwick, NSW 2031
PRICE: $10. 
TICKETS AND MORE INFO: https://www.ritzcinemas.com.au/events/a-star-is-born-1937-and-ritz-renovation-info-session

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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘31,’ ‘Hell Or High Water,’’Elle,’ and ‘Doctor Strange’. This episode also contains an interview with Benedict Cumberbatch, Scott Derrickson, Kim Petralis (British Film Festival) and Eddie Tamir (Jewish Film Festival).

Thanks to Icon Distribution we also launch our brand new Belle & Sebastian: The Adventure Continues competition. The winner will receive a DVD pack containing a copy of Belle & Sebastian: The Adventure Continues, Lassie, Tarzan, Fairytale: A True Story, Belle & Sebastian and City Of Ember. To see how to enter this brand new competition just listen to this week’s show and then send the answer to Dave’s question as a private message to either our Facebook or Twitter page.

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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘The Dressmaker,’ ‘A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence,’ ‘The Last Witch Hunter,’ ‘Only The Dead, and ‘Sleeping With Other People’. This episode also contains interviews with Elijah Woods, Rose Leslie, Vin Diesel, Michael Ware and Eddie Tamir (Jewish International Film Festival).

Also remember to enter our Monster Fest competition thanks to Monster Pictures who to celebrate the official announcement of all the Monster Fest screenings on Halloween have given us a special Past Winners Of Monster Fest DVD box set which contains the movies Starry Eyes, Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla, Honeymoon, Julia, The Search For Weng Weng, Plague. To be in the running to win head to our Facebook page and send us a private message that reads ‘Monster’.

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Melbourne cinema lovers rejoice; the new Lido Cinemas is due to unveil June 25th. The stunning eight-screen artiplex, showing both commercial and art house films, will open on Hawthorn’s bustling Glenferrie Road bringing both excitement and vibrancy with Australian premieres, exclusive releases and a focus on local community engagement.

A labour of love from the owners of Elsternwick’s Classic and Belgrave’s Cameo, cinephiles Eddie and Lindy Tamir, who against all odds, have lovingly restored this beautiful building for an extraordinary cinema opening unseen in Melbourne for many years.

Lido will be the first venue in mainland Australia, to have a rooftop screen attached to a cinema. This exciting project sees some of the world’s most cutting edge technology, including a 4K projector and Dolby Atmos, contrasted in a beautifully historic venue, boasting gorgeous features like an Edwardian-era marble staircase.

Eddie, who has always been a sucker for old buildings and who also restored the Cameo and Classic Cinemas, says: “The building is beautiful and I wanted to keep as much of the traditional charm as possible. While visiting old cinema sites I was most inspired by the ones which still had some of their old characteristics, as well as street theatre; a location with a vibrant atmosphere.”

Eddie, who also founded the Jewish International Film Festival, sees his cinemas as community centres for locals, “it’s important for us that we cater to all people, and to understand that people can like both art-house and commercial films, people are not one dimensional and Lido certainly isn’t either,” Eddie adds.

Aidan Halloran was the man behind the design, who has spent five years working to face the challenge of retaining many of the old features, while installing eight screens and transforming it into an exciting cinema. “The original decorative plaster ceiling, the two original marble and tiled staircases, and the multi-coloured 1930s terrazzo floor in the foyer are some of the aspects we were able to refresh and restore.  The new elements sit in obvious contrast to the old, adding another layer to the long history of the building, which served as a theatre, cinema, pool hall, dance studio, and cabaret venue, among others,” said Aidan. Lido was home to a cinema in 1917 but closed down in 1956.

The fabulous Hawthorn location has boomed in recent years, with the launch of exciting eateries like Fonda Mexican, the redevelopment of the Hawthorn Arts Centre and charming cafes like Crabapple Kitchen, who will also be opening Vaporetta – a Venetian Bar Restaurant backing onto the cinemas. With the launch of Lido and new Huxtaburger and Yo-Chi stores, Hawthorn is set to continue growing as a prime location.

“Even with the boom of downloading films, the romance and experience of going to the cinema will always be paramount in the industry. Restoring an old, beautiful building adds to the theatre of the whole cinema experience,” adds Eddie.

The cinemas will open with an eclectic mix of art house titles, family holiday releases and upmarket commercial releases catering for all tastes including Minions, Pixar’s Inside Out, the story of The Beach Boys frontman Brian Wilson Love & Mercy, Far From The Madding Crowd based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, an exclusive Lido season of JIFF 2014 hit, the critically acclaimed and multi-award winning black comedy Zero Motivation, and an ongoing partnership with Monster Pictures which will include the annual Monster Fest, Australia’s Premiere horror film festival, plus a weekly Friday night Monster Fest Presents Midnight Mayhem showcase which kicks off with the Melbourne Premiere of the much anticipated THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 3 (FINAL SEQUENCE).

In addition, the Lido launch period will include the Lido’s 8K Radius Film Series, in partnership with City of Boroondara, directed by Kenny’s Clayton Jacobson and focusing on the weird and wonderful stories of everyday people living and working in the area, an Australian film focus lead by the new film Last Cab To Darwin starring Michael Caton and Jacki Weaver, and following with support for a number of local gems. In addition, the Lido is working on exciting programmes and partnerships with Swinburne’s famed School Of Film & TV, in addition to a number of cultural film festivals with partnering organisations.

Lido Cinemas

675 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn


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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Dave, Nick, and Greg take a look at new release films ‘Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa’, ‘Blancanieves’, ‘Captain Phillips’, ‘Renoir’, ‘Patrick’, ‘The Songs They Sang’  and ‘Machete Kills’ . This episode also features interviews with Eddie Tamir, Tom Hanks, Robert Rodriguez, Michelle Rodriguez, Danny Trejo and Mel Gibson.

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