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FoMo Cinemas

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  1. A cinema bar with neon lights
    Photograph: Tony Lee
  2. Render of the foyer bar at Fomo Cinema
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Time Out says

Take ‘dinner and a movie’ a lot more seriously at this in-cinema diner

In the year of Barbenheimer mayhem and Taylor Swift’s Era’s Tour concert film smashing box office records to gross more than US$200 million so far, it feels like prime time for Melbourne to gain a new boutique cinema. Well, it seems two big names who list Carlton institution Cinema Nova on their resumes have been watching us flock back to the movies, because they’ve decided to open up a brand new food-focused cinema this summer.

Barry Peak and Natalie Miller AO (both key Cinema Nova players) have just announced that FoMo Cinemas will open in the recently constructed East Brunswick Village on January 18, 2024. We recently revealed that Brunswick East ranked as the sixth coolest neighbourhood in the world in a Time Out survey, but we reckon the suburb might be able to get even cooler with this new addition.

The ‘new generation’ movie theatre will bring a new style of in-cinema dining to Melbourne, where the spotlight will be on the food just as much as the films. Thoughtfully fitted auditoriums, a chef-designed specialty menu and a schmick online ordering system will combine to provide patrons with an on-demand food and drink service throughout the film. Better yet, FoMo Cinemas is promising to provide this elevated experience with standard movie ticket prices.

FoMo Cinemas is set to screen a mix of big blockbusters alongside retro classics and specialty programming, giving more airtime to mainstream movies than Cinema Nova.

The new independent cinema takes its inspiration from Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema, a picture house famous for its menus inspired by the film that’s showing and Alamo Drafthouse, a luxe US chain of dine-in movie theatres. The theatre’s distinctive name stands for ‘food and movies’, not ‘fear of missing out’, although we’re sure you’ll be feeling plenty of that if you don’t secure a table.  

For more information, head to the website.

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Ashleigh Hastings
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