Melbourne’s standing as the centre of Australian theatre has been recognized since 1871, when visiting English novelist Anthony Trollope remarked on the city’s excellent venues and variety of performances. Nowadays, you can see a host of quality productions most nights of the week, from big musicals to experimental drama.

The Crown Casino, Melbourne Central and the Jam Factory in South Yarra have a number of cinemas showing blockbuster movies (cheap tickets available on Tues). The city’s vibrant independent cinemas screen less obviously commercial US films and foreign-language films; these cinemas tend to offer discounts on Mon. Two annual film festivals take place in the city – Melbourne International Film Festival and Melbourne Underground Film Festival.

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