Melbourne’s only silent cinema, Southgate Cinema, is being relaunched with an eclectic series of films lined-up for the October and November program.

Award winning biopics Selma, Big Eyes and The Theory of Everything are joined by a program of biographical documentaries on the great design, photography and art influencers of the 20th and 21st century.

Bill Cunningham New York chronicles the career of the extraordinary New York Times fashion photographer, whose work is said to be more reliable than any catwalk as an expression of time, place and individual flair.

James Franco narrates a documentary about America’s most important industrial designers and architects in Eames: The Architect and The Painter, and uncovers their influence on American life.

Screening in late November, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry tracks the battle against censorship for China’s most famous international artist, ahead of the Andy Warhol /Ai Weiwei exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria.

An attractive rarity in these modern times, the deckchair cinema is free and Southgate cinephiles are provided with individual headphones and audio kits to sit back and enjoy the film amidst the thriving restaurant precinct. Cinemagoers are welcome to purchase snacks and drinks from neighbouring eateries.

Southgate Cinema provides an outdoor experience while remaining undercover inside the centre so you can relax and sit back in a deck chair under the open atrium and watch the city sky fade away.

Southgate is located in the heart of the city; adjacent to the Arts Centre Melbourne on the Yarra River, opposite the sprawling heritage listed Flinders Street Station.

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