The Crown Casino, Melbourne Central and the Jam Factory in South Yarra have a number of cinemas showing blockbuster movies (cheap tickets available on Tuesdays). In summer, watching a film under the stars at the Moonlight Cinema in the Botanic Gardens can be a real treat ( The city’s vibrant independent cinemas screen less obviously commercial US films and foreign-language films; these cinemas tend to offer discounts on Monday. The Melbourne International Film Festival in July ( has been going for over fifty years, based at a number of cinemas around the city. The much younger Melbourne Underground Film Festival (, held in October, continues to grow in popularity at an enormous rate.

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