Cinema Details

Thames Multiplex Cinema

Contact Details
708 Pollen Street


Contact Person: Dave Ritchie, Manager 07 868 6602
Phone: 07 868 6602/07 865 7161 (office)


Capacity: 2 x 90 (Cinemas 1 & 2), 180 (Cinema 3)
Screen: Three, all 35mm
Sound: Multichannel quality sound
Seating: Good quality, with good sightlines
Snackbar: Snackbar. Adjoining cafe currently for sale
Accessibility: Good
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Geoff's Review
A companion cinema , to the single-screen Whangamata Cinema, this Thames 3-screen multiplex promotes itself as "The Main Cinema in the Main Street" and serves a local population of around 5000 in this historic, former gold-mining town on the Coromandel Peninsula. Locals continue to evoke its older name 'The Embassy'
Unlike the Whangamata Cinema which thrives best during the summer holiday season, this Thames cinema caters for a year-round audience with a daily programme of mainstream and arthouse titles, with special attention to the child audience.
It has an interesting history, being jointly managed by Kerridge Odeon and Amalgamated at the height of their domination of film exhibition in New Zealand, and developed from a single-screen cinema to a multiplex in 1998 (see photo 1 for a vestige of this earlier history, in the 'Embassy' name).
It also appears older than it is, being remodelled 15 years ago in the style of a movie palace (gilt fittings, and chandeliers). The auditoriums have a nice feel, especially the spacious, towering Cinema 3.
The cinema puts on a special programme for the annual Thames Heritage Festival.
Well worth a visit.