Russian Resurrection Film Festival
The 2016 Russian Resurrection Film Festival will screen films ranging from a digitally restored version of Sergei Eisenstein’s once-banned Ivan the Terrible (1944) to recent blockbusters such as Flight Crew, the biggest film at Russian box office this year
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The best cinemas in Sydney
Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace
Without doubt the grandest cinema in Sydney, Cremorne’s Art Deco picture palace is a stunning step back in time. Built in 1935 by George Kenworthy, the top theatrical architect of the period, today’s version is even glitzier than the original thanks to a $2.5-million restoration some years back by owner and local TV celeb Mike Walsh. Each of the six auditoria has its own colour scheme and decor, but the 744-seat Orpheum is the true star of the show. It even has a genuine Wurlitzer cinema organ, which rises out of a stage pit on weekend evenings complete with flashing lights and a grinning organist. Expect a mix of mainstream US, British and Australian fare, with some art-house, special presentations and the occasional cabaret show.
Ritz Cinema Randwick
With a distinctive Art Deco design restored to its former 1930s glory and an impressive sound system, the six-screen Ritz cinema is both a local landmark and an excellent venue for catching the latest mainstream releases. Signs explain the regulations – no alcohol, bare feet, smoking or skateboards – which make sense if you hit the place in the afternoon after school’s out. In the evening the place attracts a different crowd, including film geeks who seek out the Ritz for its great acoustics and old-fashioned flair. Upstairs the inimitable Bar Ritz boasts a marble bar and balcony – perfect for pre- and post-film drinks. Bus 372, 373, 376, 377.
Palace Norton Street Cinemas
Leichhardt's Palace Cinemas were fully refurbed in 2013 and now have eight auditoria, all licensed, and an impressive foyer with a lounge bar and café on site. Palace Norton Street plays host to some of the best annual film festivals such as the French, Spanish, Greek, German and Italian. It is also in close proximity to the eateries and vibrant culture of Norton Street.
Palace Verona Cinemas
Paddington’s intellectuals, gays and art-house crowds are always seen milling about the Palace Verona with glee. The four screens are on the small side, the seats are snug and the pre-show commercials... well, they tend to go on forever. But we're forgiving film lovers, especially since this oft-buzzing venue screens an expertly curated line-up of arthouse releases from name directors (Woody, the Coens, PT Anderson...), world movies, quirky Australian indies and special one-offs, like screenings of overseas stage productions and concerts. There's a licensed café, wine and espresso bar on the premises – good for a pre-movie drink, a post-movie chat or even just a day date, since you don't have to purchase a ticket to enjoy what they're pouring and brewing. And if you're a frequent moviegoer, you'll want to check out Palace's great-value membership schemes, which are more than worth the investment if you see flicks on the regular.
Named after the Australian film pioneer Charles Chauvel - of Jedda fame - this much-loved local cinema is part of the Palace cinema chain. Its proscenium arch brings true grandeur to the art of film and the staff really know their stuff. Screenings tend to be seriously arty and the place also holds Cinemateque screenings. Be sure to seek out the lovely upstairs bar. Bus 333, 352, 378, 380. Screens 2. Tickets $16.50; $9-$12.50 reductions; $8 Tue.
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Halloween is nearly upon us and to celebrate, Kings Cross Hotel is hosting a party across all of its four levels. Whip out your scariest witch or zombie costume, accessorise with a jack-o-lantern and get down to the Kings Cross Hotel for a night of thrills and chills. The party will kick off at 9pm and carry on until 3am. Expect R&B and hip-hop favourites in the underground Dive Bar; classic pop anthems on the ground floor; and electronic and house music on the rooftop. For those who like to walk on the wild side, head to the balcony level where the playlist is full of ghoul-ty pleasures. Be prepared for the all the songs you wouldn't play in polite company - come on, you know the ones. Tickets can be purchased for $10 at the door.
Jameson Caskmates at the Time Out Hop-up
What do you get if you age whiskey in craft beer barrels? Something like Jameson Caskmates. It’s the fruit of a collaboration between Jameson’s head distiller and the head brewer of local craft brewery in County Cork, Ireland. They hatched a plan to send a few Jameson casks to the Franciscan Well Brewery and see how this might influence their craft Irish stout. Neither head brewer nor whiskey master knew what this experiment would bring, but both men hoped that some Jameson magic might rub off on the fine Irish stout – and they were delighted with the results. The empty casks journeyed back to the Jameson Distillery after the beer had been bottled, full of new stout character from their sabbatical at Franciscan Well. The Jameson Master of Whiskey generally prefers not to mess with a good thing, but his curiosity got the better of him and he decided to repeat the experiment – this time re-filling the stout-soaked casks with Jameson Whiskey. So how does it taste? While the triple-distilled smoothness is very much intact, the whiskey sings a different tune, with notes of cocoa, coffee and butterscotch confirming the stout influence. You can grab the whiskey every day of Craft Beer Week at Time Out’s Hop-Up ale yard. Just upgrade your craft beer of choice to a boilermaker, and you’ll get the chance to pair it with the whiskey – neat or on the rocks, whichever you prefer. And it gets even better. On Saturday 22, Tuesday 25 and Friday 28 October, members of the Jameson Crew
The Argyle Halloween weekend
To celebrate the spookiest night of the year, the Argyle is transforming into an extravagant, multi-sensory shop of horrors. The creatures of the underground will be coming out to play and, luckily for you, they’re headed straight for the Argyle. The venue has gathered up the weirdest and wackiest performers to entertain you across the weekend – expect contortionists, bearded ladies, snake charmers and even bed-of-nails performers. Yikes. There'll be special cocktails and snacks available for purchase, as well as a killer line-up of DJs to carry you through the night, including sets from Jesabel, KIN, Press Play, Glover and many more. If you’re planning on going on a Friday, be sure to dress up in costume and take advantage of free entry before 9pm. Or, if you're all set for Saturday, be quick to get those tickets – first release are selling for $30 each and second release for $40 each.
Jamie's Italian spring/summer menu
Spring has sprung and fortunately for you, Jamie’s Italian have been busy perfecting their new spring/summer menu. Don't worry; not too much has changed – Jamie has kept a bunch of his favourites to complement the new options. Start your meal off with the new primavera bruschetta from the nibbles and antipasti menu – lemony zucchini, peas and beans with hazelnut and lovage pesto and Bella Lodi. Or, if you want to head straight for the mains, try the new Gennaro’s chicken primavera – chargrilled and butterflied free-range chicken breast served with peas, beans, zucchini and hazelnut and basil pesto. Then there's fresh crab spaghetti – served with chilli, fennel, capers, white wine and garlic; or silky spaghettti carbonara – sweet tender leeks with golden smoky pancetta, cracked black pepper and parmesan.Don’t worry, there are plenty of options for those of you who aren’t interested in carb-loading. Jamie’s new classic caprese salad – heirloom tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella and basil – is joining the salad menu and the Super Food Salad is here to stay. Desserts include an epic choclate brownie with chocolate sauce, vanilla ice cream and caramelised amaretti popcorn, and the molten chocolate praline pudding – warm chocolate cake with a liquid praline centre, served with vanilla ice cream and praline.