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Lido on the Roof returns for its fourth year this year lighting up the rooftop of the beloved Glenferrie Road cinema. Its spring and summer film program showcases the most hotly anticipated new release films, as well as a film lovers’ selection of retro classics.

With its well-stocked rooftop bar and extended trading hours, the Lido Rooftop is an irresistible choice as a meeting spot for friends to enjoy a drink and watch the sunset colour the surrounding Hawthorn skyline, before catching a film on the big screen – either on the Roof, or in one of the indoor cinemas. The bar is open to anyone who has purchased a movie ticket.

The program launches with the electrifying Bohemian Rhapsody, chronicling the years in the lead up to legendary rock band Queen’s appearance at the 1985 Live Aid concert. Rami Malek (Mr Robot) has transformed himself into a jaw-droppingly accurate portrayal of Freddie Mercury for the film, helmed by director Bryan Singer (X-Men series). Catch Rooftop screenings until Tuesday 6 November.

Blockbuster movie-lovers and arthouse cinephiles alike will be spoilt for choice during the holiday season. The next title in the Harry Potter universe, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald starts its Rooftop season on 15 November; Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Ralph Breaks the Internet will be alternating nights during the week commencing Thursday 13 December; and Mary Poppins Returns floats down to the Rooftop on New Year’s Day.

Advance screenings for the darkly disturbing Suspiria directed by Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name, A Bigger Splash) take place on Friday 2 and Sunday 4 November. A fresh interpretation of Dario Argento’s 1977 horror masterpiece, Suspiria stars Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, and Chloë Grace Moretz, with music composed by Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke.

Joel Edgerton’s next turn behind the lens comes with a powerful story about a boy sent to gay conversion camp, called Boy Erased, screening on the Rooftop from 9 November; Step Brothers dynamic duo Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly team up again in Holmes & Watson, from Friday 28 December; and horror fans will delight in the arrival of director Jennifer Kent’s (The Babadook) new film, The Nightingale, which was shot in Tasmania and recently won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival. It screens on the Rooftop from Thursday 24 January.

Alongside all the exciting new releases, there’s a whole pick ‘n’ mix of retro gems in the Lido Rooftop program for movie fans, young and old. Costumes are crucial for the House of Capulet party screening of Baz Luhrmann’s iconic sun-drenched, star-crossed love story Romeo + Juliet on Wednesday 7 November, the high school reunion screening of Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion on Wednesday 28 November and relive your childhood with a special screening of Matilda played on ex-rental VHS on Wednesday 16 January.

It’s not just Charli XCX and Troye Sivan who are feeling nostalgic for 1999. Lido on the Roof will be taking things back to a stellar year for teen-rom-coms with its Teen Dream series, featuring She’s All That (Wed 6 Feb), Drive Me Crazy (Wed 20 Mar), and Never Been Kissed (Wed 3 Apr).

Action movie fans will bust a bicep over the SchwarzeMega Marathon on Wednesday 5 December; kids will squeal over classics like The Nightmare Before Christmas (Wed 12 Dec), Matilda (Wed 16 Jan), and The Lion King (Wed 23 Jan); and 80s film fans will flip out over Die Hard (Wed 19 Dec), Labyrinth (Wed 9 Jan), Purple Rain (Wed 30 Jan), Big(Wed 20 Feb), Beverly Hills Cop (Wed 6 Mar), and Risky Business (Wed 13 Mar).

An extra thrilling addition to the program for genre film fans is the inaugural Paracinema Fest, happening over four days from Thursday 29 November to Sunday 2 December. The full program is yet to be revealed, however some appetite whetting early announcements include Terminal starring Margot Robbie and Simon Pegg; the Christmas zombie apocalypse flick Anna and the Apocalypse; and the next bizarrely hilarious film from the creators of The Greasy Strangler (2016), An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn starring Aubrey Plaza, Jemaine Clement, Craig Robinson, and Emile Hirsch.

It’s going to be another glorious summer of cinema under the stars at Lido on the Roof.

Full program details are as follows:

Lido on the Roof Events:

Fri 2 NovSuspiria advance screening
Sun 4 NovSuspiria advance screening
Wed 7 NovRomeo + Juliet – House of Capulet costume party
Wed 28 NovRomy and Michele’s High School Reunion – High school reunion costume party
Wed 5 Dec: Schwarzemega Marathon – Kindergarten CopJunior, and Twins
Wed 19 DecDie Hard – Singlets and slacks costume party
Wed 16 JanMatilda – Played on ex-rental VHS with chocolate cake served
Wed 6 Feb: Teen Dream: She’s All That – Movie make-over montage dress-up
Wed 13 Feb: The Before Trilogy – Before SunriseBefore Sunset, and Before Midnight –Speed Dating on the Rooftop
Wed 13 MarRisky Business – Shirts, socks, and sunglasses party
Wed 3 Apr: Teen Dream: Never Been Kissed – High school prom costume party

Special Programming:

Wed 12 DecThe Nightmare Before Christmas
Wed 9 JanLabyrinth
Wed 23 JanThe Lion King
Wed 30 JanPurple Rain
Wed 20 FebBig
Wed 27 FebThe Bodyguard
Wed 6 MarBeverly Hills Cop
Wed 20 MarDrive Me Crazy
Wed 27 MarFrom Dusk till Dawn

Full Program
November 2018

1, 3, 5, 6 Nov: Bohemian Rhapsody
2, 4 Nov: Suspiria – advance screenings
7 Nov: Romeo + Juliet (1996) – retro
8, 10, 12 NovThe Girl in the Spider’s Web
9, 11, 13 NovBoy Erased
15-18, 20 NovFantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
19 NovThe Old Man & the Gun
22 Nov: Strange Colours
21, 23-25, 27 NovThe Nutcracker and the Four Realms – 21st = advance screening
26 NovI Used to Be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story
28 Nov: Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (1997) – retro
29 Nov: Paracinema Fest – An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn
30 Nov: Paracinema Fest – Overlord

December 2018
1 Dec: Paracinema Fest – Anna and the Apocalypse
2 Dec: Paracinema Fest – Terminal
4 DecWidows
5 Dec: Schwarzemega Marathon – Kindergarten Cops, Junior, Twins – retro
6 DecMortal Engines
7 DecThe Grinch
9, 11 DecOverlord
10 DecStudio 54: The Documentary
12 Dec: The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) – retro
13, 15, 17 DecSpider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
14, 26 Dec: Ralph Breaks the Internet – 14th = advance screening
19 Dec: Die Hard (1988) – retro
20, 23, 24 DecBumblebee
21 DecMary Poppins Returns – advance screening
22 DecAt Eternity’s Gate
25 DecAquaman
27 DecThe Favourite
28, 30, 31 Dec: Holmes & Watson
29 Dec: Vice

January 2018
1-3, 8 JanMary Poppins Returns
4, 7 JanHow to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
5 Jan: Holmes & Watson
6 JanRalph Breaks the Internet
9 Jan: Labyrinth (1986) – retro
10, 12, 15 JanAd Astra
11, 14 JanWelcome to Marwen
13 JanThe Hate U Give
16 Jan: Matilda (1996) – retro
17, 21 JanStorm Boy
18, 20, 22 JanGlass
19 Jan: Mary, Queen of Scots
23 Jan: The Lion King (1994) – retro
24, 26, 28 JanThe Nightingale
25, 29 JanThe Front Runner
27 JanGreen Book
30 Jan: Purple Rain (1984) – retro

Lido on the Roof (November – April) 

7 days a week, all rooftop showings start at 9pm, unless otherwise indicated.
The Lido on the Roof bar is open:
Mon – Fri: 4pm onwards
Sat and Sun: 2pm onwards
Public Holidays: 12pm onwards

675 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn, 3122


Lido Logo

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