About Us / FAQs

The Thornbury Picture House is run by people who are passionate about film and about bringing a local, independent cinema to Thornbury.

Screening a mix of new releases, documentaries, cult & classic movies, kids’ films and festival highlights, we hope that we’ve got you covered. We love to support local filmmakers as much as possible and we make our screen available for short film screenings, cast and crew events and film premieres. We recently started our very own festival, Northern Lights Film Festival with a strong focus on local short films.

We’re a family-run business & some of our other projects are Blow Up Cinema, an outdoor cinema co. & documentary film production co. Gusto Films. Gus won an award at St Kilda Film Festival for a film called The Eagle & he once made a short film about the demise of 35mm film and it played at MIFF, Sydney Film Festival and a few other festivals. You can see it here.
Lou is a freelance music supervisor and has worked on numerous films and TV dramas such as Wentworth, Five Bedrooms and Mustangs FC.

Here’s a bit of press about us from The Age & Broadsheet.


  • Are you open now? Can we book?

    We are thrilled that we’re back open.

    Our seating is limited due to Covid regulations and in the interests of keeping you safe, we have an automatic bubble created around your seat and we are limited to a max of approx 30 people per film depending on how people choose their seats..

    Groups can sit together up to a max of 20 people. Email us for group discounts.

    Please be patient with seating options during this time. We expect our capacities to increase over time.

    You are very welcome to just come and have a drink and you can do this anytime we’re open with no booking required. We are however taking bookings for groups of more than five people (or for special occasions), either indoors or outside.

    We open at 5pm Tues – Thurs and from midday Fridays and weekends.

    To book a table or for any other questions, please email Lou on hello@thornburypicturehouse.com.au

  • What’s your Covid-safe plan?

    We have put into place a strategy to safely operate now  we have re-opened  to ensure our patrons and staff are kept safe from contracting COVID-19.. We have spacial distancing in the cinema, staggered sessions to allow for extra time to clean the theatre and to reduce numbers in the foyer  and we will also be thoroughly and regularly cleaning the entire cinema and bar area. We will have multiple hand cleaning stations throughout.

    Our ticket booking system automatically places a bubble around you and your group to create distancing. Groups of up to 20 can sit together.

    Our staff will not be working if they are feeling unwell or showing symptoms and we hope that you, our patrons, will also avoid coming to our cinema whilst you are feeling unwell or showing symptoms of Covid19.
    It is a condition of entry that we make a temporary secure record of your name and mobile number. Contact tracing is a condition of cinemas re-opening and we thank you for your co-operation.

  • Do you sell gift vouchers?

    You sure do. Gift vouchers and TPH merch can be bought via visiting this website. or by visiting the cinema in person.
    When booking on a gift voucher, please email or call us so we can reserve your tickets as show often sell out (especially on weekends!)

    We have three different types of vouchers available, ranging in price from $30 to $100 and they include a combination of film tickets, drinks, snacks and food options. These can be purchased in person at the cinema.

    FEATURE: $30 includes one movie ticket, one glass house drink (wine, beer or soft drink), small popcorn or choc-top.
    DOUBLE FEATURE: $60 (as above but for two people).
    GOLDEN TICKET: $100 Two movie tickets, two glasses house drink (wine, beer or soft drink), two small popcorns or choc-tops plus two dishes from Italian eatery up the road, Umberto’s.

    Gift cards can be bought in person at the cinema, online here or we can take credit card payment over the phone and then we’ll  post it out to you.

    To redeem your voucher please email hello@thornburypicturehouse.com.au at least 24hrs before the date of the film you’d like to see. In the email please tell us the film, date, time and preferred seats and we’ll reply with confirmation

    Please also note, film distributors only allow a certain number of vouchers to be used to a film – so we cannot g’tee that your voucher can be used to a certain session if our voucher bookings have already been allocated for that session..

  • I have a voucher, how do I book a ticket?

    You are welcome to turn up with your voucher to see a film – but we can’t guarantee entry if that session has sold out. To be sure, please email hello@thornburypicturehouse.com.au with your voucher number and what film (+ date and time)  you’d like to see. It would also be good to know roughly where you would like to sit (ie. towards the back, in the middle..)

    If you have a Golden Ticket (which includes a delicious small plate from Umberto’s) please allow 20 minutes for the food to arrive and we would rather you didn’t take it into the cinema so please also allow time to eat.

    Please also note, film distributors only allow a certain number of vouchers to be used to a film – so we cannot g’tee that your voucher can be used to a certain session if our voucher bookings have already been allocated for that session..

    This reduces to a low number whilst we have forced limited capacities. Thank you for your understanding as we navigate through these Covid restrictions.

  • What food and drinks do you offer?

    We offer a curated selection of cinema snacks, such as choc-tops (both dairy and vegan options), popcorn (with yummy vegan butter-salt), Maltesers, tasty nut mix and more.
    We work with local Italian favourite eatery, Umberto’s to offer delicious shared plates such as antipasto, arancini balls, calamari, polenta chips, gourmet sausage rolls and more..
    We also offer a fantastic drinks menu, including cocktails; Four Pillars G&T, negroni, margarita, espresso martini, Bloody Spritz, Bloody Lemon, Americano, paloma and our in-house cocktail, The Motor Spirit.

    We have a great selection of wines, local beers, cider, prosecco, champagne, soft drinks, tea and (Padre) coffee.

  • What happens if my voucher has expired or is about to expire?

    No need to worry! Due to Covid-19, we are ignoring all expiry dates on all vouchers, bought at any time, so no need to worry about the voucher expiring,

  • Where do I find you & how do I get there?

    We are located at
    802 High St, Thornbury VIC 3071
    (in between Dundas St and The Thornbury Theatre.)

    We are on the corner of High St and Pender St, Thornbury.

    Get off at stop 41 on the 86 tram along High St. TRAIN: Get off at Thornbury and walk up Blythe St to High St.

    There are a number of bike paths to bring you here and when you find us we have six bike spaces to lock up to.

    Although we’d rather you didn’t drive as there is limited parking around us – there is ample of parking on High st but please beware of the clearways at peak times. Sometimes you can find a park in the Aldi car park off Dundas st after 7pm.

  • Where do I book if I’m a wheelchair user?

    We have three spaces for wheelchair users in the theatre.

    These are all in the 2nd row . When booking, please choose either seat number B5, B6 or B8.

    If these seats are not available due to seating restrictions due to Covid-19 seat plan – please email the cinema and we will organise this for you. hello@thornburypicturehouse.com.au

  • When are you open?

    Under curent restrictions, we open from:
    Thursday – Saturday 3pm – 11pm and Sunday 3pm to 9pm.
    Please double check website as times may vary.


    At the moment our cinema is closed due to Covid-19.

  • How can I see the VR (virtual reality) film?

    Update: VR is temporarily unavailable due to restrictions associated with Covid-19. We hope to offer you this in the near future.

    If you have a ticket to see a film that day, you can watch the VR film we are featuring that month at no cost.. You can either send us an email or come to the counter  to get a slot. Most films go for approx ten minutes and we will have 4 or 5 available slots during each feature running in the cinema. So, come early and experience one of these films, or stay later.

  • Are children allowed?

    Of course. Children are permitted on our premises provided they are seeing a film within their age rating. With regard to ‘child’ prices, we classify a child as between 3-15 years old.

  • Do you accept ‘carer cards’?

    We sure do. Accompanied carers can come free of charge – but please either email or call the cinema so we can print off a complimentary ticket to ensure you don’t miss out if the session sells out.

  • Do you offer sessions with babies?

    Yes, every Wednesday morning (usually 11am) we will show a film exclusively for adults and their babies (up to 18 months). Easy pram access, plenty of secure pram parking in the foyer & a baby change table. Cry baby sessions: $12 (babies free) and yes, we make a lovely coffee!

  • Are you accessible?

    Yes, our venue is fully accessible for wheelchair access. We are working on a suitable system to cater for the hearing & vision impaired.

  • What are your film prices?

    We try to keep our prices reasonable & affordable.
    Full price tickets: $18.50
    Concession & Breakfast Club members: $15
    Seniors and children: $12 (children up to 15 years.)
    Wednesdays – All tickets for all sessions: $12
    Wednesdays – Cry baby sessions: $12 (babies free!)

    Guardians of children are also able to purchase tickets at kids’ prices for our kids’ films.

  • Who are concession tickets available for?

    Unwaged, students, health care card holders and PBS, 3MBS & RRR radio station subscribers. Concession also for Friends of the NFSA. Cinema Pioneers pay the senior rate of $12.

    We classify a ‘child’ up to 15 years old.
    Please bring your ID card with you.

  • Is the cinema & bar available for private hire?

    Yes it sure is, the perfect place for your fim premiere, cast and crews screenings or parties. – please see our ‘Private Hires’ page.

    We also make our cinema available for fundraising events and we offer six charities a year free use of our cinema for their fundraising activities.

  • Do you have reserved/allocated seating?

    Yes, all sessions except the ‘cry baby’ session have allocated seating. Please choose your preferred seat when booking online or in person at the cinema.

  • Why do you get some films late?

    This is a good question! Film distributors offer films on policy – which means we have to either commit to multiple screenings a day to get a film early or they simply make us wait (sometimes up to six or seven weeks from the film’s release date. It’s a constant battle/negotiation to try to get films to you as soon as we can!

  • Can I suggest movies I’d like to see?

    Yes, we love hearing from our cinemagoers as to what films they’d love to see on our big screen. Please email us your ideas.

  • What are your food & drink options?

    As we don’t have a kitchen, we are working with local, Italian favourite, Umberto’s to provide you with some delicious small and shared plates to enjoy in our bar and in our cinema. Choose from antipasto, meatballs, calamari and polenta chips

    We also have some very tasty craft beers from local breweries Hawkers, Bodriggy and just over west, Two Birds Brewing.

    We also serve a range of cocktails including our very own Motor Spirit and the straight up classic, Four Pillars gin & tonic. We also have an espresso machine with coffee from Padre in East Brunswick.

    But, hey, we’re a cinema so expect freshly made popcorn and mouth-watering, handmade choctops from The Toddy Shop, locally made and delicious!

  • Do you offer a reduced hire fee for charities & filmmakers?

    We sure do. We have a not for profit rate for groups wanting to hire the cinema for fundraising or awareness raising purposes and also for independent filmmakers wanting a space for a cast n crew screening or premier.
    We also make our cinema available for free for local, not for profit groups and charities. Email us if you’d like to be considered for this offer.

  • Who are your friends?

    We have a feeling that our regular patrons will become our good friends – but there are a number of organisations and single screen cinemas that have a similar ethos to us and we thought you might like to know about them too.

    The Castle Cinema
    Pivotonian Cinema – Geelong
    Melbourne International Film Festival
    Melbourne International Comedy Festival
    Sun Pictures – Broome (Worlds best cinema)

  • What is the history of your beautiful building?

    Our building was built by LH Tadich in 1920. It was one of the first drive-through garages in Melbourne – at a time when Melbourians were buying their first motor vehicles. In the mid-20s, you could get you car serviced or you could buy an Oldsmobile for around 500 pounds from Mr. Tadich. The business changed hands several times and was an Ampol Petrol Station in the mid 80s. It was briefly a second hand furniture shop before we took over the lease and converted it into a fully independent single screen cinema.

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