Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Lido Cinemas, Hawthorn

I prefer to see a film at an independent cinema, especially when the cinema itself has an interesting story to tell. 
Lido Cinemas HawthornWe headed off to the Lido one Friday morning after reading its history on the website and in another article somewhere.
The building was first opened in 1912 and became the Glenferrie Theatre in 1917. It was then New Glen Picture Theatre until that business closed in 1956. The site had a stint as the Lido Cabaret downstairs and the cinema had a decade or so sitting unloved and empty - until now. 
Lido Cinemas Hawthorn
The new owner has breathed life into the old girl and the Lido is now a mix of olde world charm, retro cool and modern chic. His passion for renovating old cinemas gives us punters the chance to experience the beauty of these grand venues.
The boutique cinemas are great for small groups or, if you turn up at 10am on a Friday, you might just get a cinema to yourself. 
Lido Cinemas Hawthorn
 Vinyl spinning on a turntable behind the bar; movie scripts on the walls of the toilets...
Lido Cinemas Hawthorn
Gorgeous details in the architecture; and a rooftop cinema looking down on bustling Glenferrie Rd.
Lido Cinemas Hawthorn
Lido Cinemas HawthornThis place has a lot to offer. 

The film: The Program  - a kind of David vs Goliath story, of journalist David Walsh and his 13 year battle to uncover the truth about his foe, Lance Armstrong. 
We loved the film and the cinema! 4 stars **** 

What: Lido Cinema
Where: First floor/675 Glenferrie Road
When:  Daily
Why: historic building, cinema
How Much: $19.50 (Entertainment Book has 2-for-1 offer)

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