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A great time for movie buffs in Brunswick

ByJamil Allouche

Victoria has long been an incredible state for lovers of cinema, with Film Victoria offering funding for 3 to 10 per cent of Australian production companies' spending within the state.

For owners of real estate in Brunswick, the embrace of cinematic arts is being felt just as warmly. Local developers, as well as the Moreland City Council, provide local film buffs with plenty of opportunity to celebrate their passions at events and new projects.

Let's take a quick look at some of the upcoming excitement for Brunswick movie lovers.

1. Sparkly Bear Cinema

While Carlton has the beloved Nova Cinema, Brunswick has until recently been devoid of a dedicated spot for cinephiles. The good news is that just last month, a new development was announced from the team behind the Classic Cinemas in Elsternwick, Lido Cinemas in Hawthorn and Cameo Cinemas in Belgrave.

The new cinema will feature 10 screening rooms as well as a live performance space for showcasing local musicians, comedians and other performers. On top that, there are plans to include a spectacular rooftop cinema for screenings on hot summer nights.

The spot is a classic example of spoonerisms – named for its to-be-neighbour, the Barkly Square Shopping Centre. It's slated for a grand opening in 2020 and will include a small dining precinct – making it the perfect place for a dinner and movie date.

2. Movies in the Park

A hit in February this year, Movies in the Park is set to return in 2018. This recurring event will take place throughout the summer months of the new year, inviting people of all ages to get together at a given venue within Moreland for a bit of timeless cinema.

Last year, the movies Oddball and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory were included in the lineup. Though the event is open to all ages, the movies tend to start around 9 p.m. to ensure the sky is dark enough.

The best news is that all Movies in the Park events are absolutely free!

3. Village Cinemas, Coburg

Speaking of al fresco cinema, the Village Cinemas Drive-in Theatre over in Coburg cannot go without mention. This hotspot is free for children under 12 years old and costs adults only $10. Films are projected onto enormous 33-metre screens and the audio is broadcast to your car's FM receiver.

The drive-in has been a feature of Coburg since it opened in 1965 with Alfred Hitchcock's Marnie, and McHale's Navy. The on-site diner retains the retro feel, offering everything from popcorn to burgers and fries for you to enjoy your movie on a full stomach. To make matters even better, the cinema's free app allows guests to order food from the diner straight to their car!

4. Cinema Nova

Nova, mentioned above, has long been the go-to for much of Brunswick. Being situated at the northern end of Lygon Street's Little Italy in Carlton, Nova provides diners will the ideal follow-up to their dinner.

As the current local cinema, Nova not only offers a great range of blockbuster films but brings thousands from around Melbourne to catch recordings of stage performances from around the world, such as those from the Met Opera and London's National Theatre.

This iconic Carlton landmark is one of the biggest independent cinemas in the southern hemisphere and regularly hosts events for movie lovers to enjoy. One popular recurrence is the CineTrivia night, during which film buffs can drop by to show off their expansive knowledge of all things cinema.

If you feel the draw of the the movie screen calling your name, talk to one of the team at Ray White Brunswick about finding your next home near one of these incredible spots today.

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