Cinema Details

The Village Theatre (Takaka)

Contact Details
32 Commmercial Street

Takaka, Golden Bay 7110

Contact Person: Natascha Sobrino (manager) at
Phone: 03 525 8453


Capacity: 107 seated, with potential for more seated on floor cushions
Screen: One. Community fund-raising has enabled the installation of digital projection, with 3D (see photo #2, from 2012).
Sound: Dolby
Seating: Flip-up seats + sofas + cushions, in open-plan setup
Snackbar: Snackbar but no liquor licence. Good local cafes just down the street
Accessibility: Slight ramp and some steps
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Geoff's Review
With its beginnings in film screenings at the local high school, the current cinema was the inspiration of local identity Gerard Hindmarsh. Subsequently bought by the community (with support from local sponsorship) and set up as a non-profit registered society, the Village Theatre now occupies a valued place in the main street of Takaka. This street mirrors the mix of the local population, and its attraction as a destination for holiday-makers. Farming supply shops sit beside craft shops and cafes, and gumboots mingle with tie-dyed outfits.
Takaka may be separated from the rest of the world by the Takaka Hill (more of a mountain, really) but does not feel isolated, with nearby fabulous walks, beaches and seaside hamlets. Collingwood, at the end of Highway 60 is a favourite destination of mine.
Patronage for the cinema draws on a growing pool of highly educated locals ('with an inkling for more thoughful films'). It has hosted the NZ International Film Festival and summer visitors are also offered mainstream alternatives ('Star Wars:The Force Awakens' was screening, in 3D, in December 2015).
But it is the local and loyal community which sustains the cinema during winter, with up to seven evening screenings during the week plus weekend offerings.
Ticket prices are low by big city standards--adults $14, seniors and students $12 and children $7.
The box of woollen blankets by the door suggests that locals are willing to come during cooler months in Golden Bay (even though the region often has the highest sunshine hours in New Zealand). Intermissions remain a feature.
The Village Theatre also hosts live events.