Join us for a screening of ‘The Lost City of Melbourne’, introduced by the film’s director and producer, Gus Berger.
In the 1950s, when Melbourne played host to the Olympics and Queen Elizabeth II, cultural cringe fostered the idea that Victorian architecture was not representative of the modern metropolis. And so began a demolition blitz that paved over a century’s worth of built heritage – in the process, razing many of the city’s various movie theatres.
The attempted ‘modernisation’ of Melbourne in the 1950s destroyed much of the city, including its elegant cinemas and picture palaces. Now, a new Melbourne-made documentary brings them back to life.
Featuring rare archival video and photography as well as the invaluable input of key historians, this loving and revelatory work of local history allows us to reimagine the former glory of Australia’s film and art capital.
All tickets are $10, and bookings are essential.
The Town Hall Gallery will be open late, and drinks and snacks will be available to purchase at the Arts Bar.