What to do on a rainy day or date occasion in Auckland?
Why visit a boutique cinema?
There are several reasons to visit a boutique cinema:
- Got a date with friends or special someone, romance is in the air
- Raining and the beach looks uninviting
- Wide cinema screen is much better than peering at a small mobile screen
- Gloriously comfortable seating + foodie treats accompany the day out
- Makes for an interesting selfie moment
‘The Library and The Gallery’ Central Auckland
Central Auckland is home to ‘The Library” and ‘The Gallery’ boutique cinemas. Twin screen boutique cinemas specialising in arthouse and independent films. Plenty of personal space combined with comfortable designer seating and a menu to match.
Lido Cinema Epson, Auckland
The Lido Cinema Espon provides patrons with an extensive bar selection, plus popcorn and ice creams. If you are looking for a wide screen viewing of the Met and Globe productions this is the place for you.
The Capitol, Balmoral, Auckland
Art Deco gem nestled in the suburb of Balmoral Built in 1922, Balmoral’s heritage-listed Capitol is Auckland’s second oldest cinema. Renovated most recently in 2009, the cosy 130-seat cinema is plush with little touches from the gold decorative features and chandeliers gleaming against the rich interior. Specialising in arthouse films, foreign festival award winning movies and cult classics. The Capitol is known to run box set collections of a particular director or genre.
Matakana Cinemas, Auckland
Enjoyed a day at the Matakana market then its time to put the feet up and enjoy a boutique cinema. Arthouse is mixed with commercial releases adding a potpourri of choice for the viewer. Grab a coffee from a nearby bar and snack down on delicious eats from your market foraging.
The Hollywood, Avondale
A stately rendition of the heyday of cinema with the glamorous The Hollywood cinema in Avondale (1915). As befitting the age of the cinema, classic gems and 35mm film are regularly shown. The film choice is eclectic from blockbusters to independent films.
The Vic, Davonport
Romance isn’t dead when you catch a ferry to a picturesque harbour setting and enjoy a night on the town in Devonport. The faithfully restored 1912 cinema has a velvet plush curtain that promises to sweep open the dreams of movies past. The ultimate vintage cinema offers package deals with discounted ferry + movie tickets.
Silky Otter Cinemas, Orakei, Ponsonby
A kitchen provides a menu packed with classic kiwi favourites, hot potato or kumera fries, indulgent sweet treats, burgers, mini pizzas and, of course oodles of popcorn. Together with a fun selection of films the boutique cinema is a great place for friends and family to enjoy entertainment with a quick easy meal. There’s something to tempt everyone’s taste buds. Meals are delivered to your spacious leather armchair accompanied by a glass of wine if desired.
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