The Golden Age Cinema has reinstated the fun of going out for a movie with a glamorous cinema and bar in the old screening room of Paramount House. Well-made cocktails and tasty snacks accompany an eclectic mix of films ranging from the 1960’s French Noir classic Breathless to newer releases including The Grand Budapest Hotel. The cinema came about when the creators of Melbourne’s Rooftop Cinema tried to launch a similar project, but were frustrated by local residents’ objections. Instead, they converted the old Paramount screening room into a cinema with an adjoining bar. And I’m glad they did.
The tastefully renovated bar has intimate booths, snacks and a range of drinks including seasonal cocktails, Hollywood Highballs and a range of wines and local beers. The cinema itself is tiny, with just 7 places to a row and cinema seats from the 1940’s. You can bring your drinks in, so order some flavoursome popcorn—szechuan for me please—and enjoy your film in this elegant setting.