Rivoli Cinemas, Melbourne…

Having been commissioned to produce a photographic architectural essay of the beautiful and well known  Rivoli Cinemas in the Melbourne suburb of Camberwell, I spent two long nights working with my camera and assorted lenses capturing not only the sweeping majesty of the building, but also documenting the interesting and visually arresting details. Even though these are not all of the images captured, I do warn that this is an image heavy post…

The cinema is noted for it’s Art Deco architecture, and although it was refurbished and expanded back in May 2000, the following images are for a book that I am producing on the special place that Rivoli occupies within the Village Roadshow corporate heritage.

Rivoli Cinema exterior © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Rivoli at dusk – © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Rivoli Cinema interior © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Ticket booth with the wonderful staircase to the left © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Rivoli Cinema interior © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Rivoli Cinema interior © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Rivoli Cinema interior © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
© Michael Evans Photographer 2014

The circular patterns and colours of the carpet complement the geometric feel of the building, and are based on a 1920’s painting by Sonia Delaunay.

Rivoli Cinema interior © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Carpet detail © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Rivoli Cinema interior © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
A view back towards the entrance from the stairwell © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Rivoli Cinema interior © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
The upstairs landing leading to the back entrance to cinema 1 – © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Rivoli Cinema interior © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Rivoli Cinema interior © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Side view of the stairwell © Michael Evans Photographer 2014

The largest screen is cinema number 1, which is reputedly haunted with sightings of a man in row P; however I saw no such apparitions over the course of the two nights that I spent here. I also asked the cleaner who had been servicing the building for 20 years if he had ever seen anything, to which he replied emphatically ‘no!’

Rivoli Cinema interior © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
The ceiling detail somewhat echo’s the carpet – © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Rivoli Cinema interior © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Detail in cinema 1 © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Rivoli Cinema interior © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Cinema 1 © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Rivoli Cinema interior © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Ceiling detail where wall and ceiling meet…© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Rivoli Cinema interior © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
A multi image panoramic stitch showing the size and scale of the beautiful cinema 1 © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Rivoli Cinema interior © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Wall detail © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Rivoli Cinema interior © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Cinema 1 panorama from the screen © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Rivoli Cinema interior © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Ceiling detail in cinema 1 © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Rivoli Cinema interior © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
From the back of cinema 1, a 180 degree view © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Rivoli Cinema interior © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Inside the projection room I was fortunate to be shown how a film reel used to be loaded into a projector; now of course it is all digital projection…this is from ‘Gladiator’ I believe… © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Rivoli Cinema interior © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
I love this original telephone in the projection room to Cinema 1 © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Rivoli Cinema interior © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Rivoli Cinema interior © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Original curtain levers © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Rivoli Cinema interior © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Film detail © Michael Evans Photographer 2014

The extension in 2000 added a number of new screens to the complex, substantially increasing the seating capacity.

Rivoli Cinema interior © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Rivoli Cinema interior © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Rivoli Cinema interior © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Gold class lounge © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Rivoli Cinema interior © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Gold class – the best way to enjoy a movie! © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Rivoli Cinema interior © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
I jaded just a small amount of snooted flash from the top left to bring some 3 dimensionality to the handles …© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Rivoli Cinema interior © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Rivoli Cinema interior © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Rivoli Cinema interior © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Rivoli Cinema interior © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Gold class seating © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Rivoli Cinema interior © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Rivoli Cinema interior © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Rivoli Cinema interior © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Rivoli Cinema interior © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Candy bar mosaic © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Rivoli Cinema interior © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Rivoli Cinema interior © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Passageway to another world…at least for an hour or so…© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Rivoli Cinema interior © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Rivoli Cinema interior © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Rivoli Cinema interior © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
This is a snap of one of the projection rooms; it is decorated with a miniature poster of every film that has been screened in that particular cinema… © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Rivoli Cinema interior © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Ahhh, film… © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
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12 thoughts on “Rivoli Cinemas, Melbourne…

  1. Hello Michael,

    Great to see you back after a while, with an incredible series here 🙂

    Stunning images, and capturing all aspects of this beautiful Cinema.

    Really enjoyed this work.

    Have a great time 🙂

    1. Thank you very much Sreejith!

      I have not been able to post as often as I would have liked this year as I just got married 6 weeks ago and that took a lot of my time, plus the honeymoon etc. Now I am hoping that life will return to a slightly more serene pace and I can continue with my postings… I particularly liked your last image post btw… really lovely!

      All the best!

  2. Fantastic shots Michael and a beautiful cinema. Unlike Brisbane, Melbourne doesn’t knock down its old buildings but rather takes pride in them. I love the colours and the clarity is superb. Your photography is very inspiring 🙂

    1. Thank you! Yes it certainly is a beautiful building indeed, and was an absolute pleasure to shoot. I didn’t realise that Brisbane buildings were not culturally valued…that is both sad and interesting; let’s hope that the situation changes and common sense prevails…? Thanks for commenting!

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