Plaza Cinema Group
Today, it's almost impossible to got to the cinema and see films projected on FILM ..... teh way they were always meant to be shown! Now it's all DIGITAL.
Have you ever wondered why a modern film maker like Quentin Tarantino ("The Hateful Eight") is still committed to making his movies on FILM rather than on VIDEO? What's more, he's also releasing his movies on FILM prints. Well, to him, film is something special: The "film look" he calls it.
And several other American producers are following suit and are currently planning future film releases too. But, because film is now so rare there were only THREE cinemas in Victoria capable of screening Tarantino's film on FILM with 70mm prints. Other cinemas had to wait until later and put up with digital copies. I know a number of patrons who went several times to see his film on 70mm: they commented that it was a unique viewing experience!
Yet, despite all this, there is still one small cinema which screens all rear round on FILM in Melbourne .... out in suburban Mitcham! OK! They don't have access to 70mm projectors! But the Plaza is trying to get the word out to serious film buffs that FILM is still alive a the Plaza Cinema in Mitcham.
"Film Lovers on Film" can catch up with a marvellous range of classic movies, both older and newer, projected on film prints from the studios of Fox, Warner Brothers, MGM, RKO, Columbia Tri -Star, Universal, Rank and more! the old Astor Theatre in St. KIlda used to call it a "Repertory Cinema" formula. The Plaza's programs are made possible through the on-going commitment by several distributors around Australia to keep FILM screenings alive and viable.
What's the set-up like at the Plaza? Well, it has a small raked auditorium which makes for an intimate cinema. It's located just off Whitehorse Rd adjacent tot he shopping strip and the Mitcham train station. Motorists can enter via Elizabeth Street to a large car park (outside the cinema) located behind St Johns Parish Primary School.
Come along and pick up their annual Calendar (just like the Astor's) It costs less than $5 per show for members to enjoy twelve programs each year, which include supper and film notes too!
Screenings are usually on the Third Thursday of each month with showtime at 7.30pm sharp. Programs comprise either a feature film plus full supporting program or, on occasions, a double-feature program. Check the Parish Newsletter for the up and coming movie of the month.