Cinema Details

Town Hall Cinemas (Rangiora)

Contact Details
303 High Street


Contact Person: Andrew or Nandi 03 310 7240/
Phone: 03 310 7240

Website:, Facebook

Capacity: Stadium screen (93), two boutique screens (23 each)
Screen: Three screens, DCP, no 3D (but working on it)
Sound: Dolby 5.1, state-of-the-art Barko projectors
Seating: Fixed, flip-ups in main auditorium, armchairs in the boutique cinemas
Snackbar: Expansive cafe, offering ‘Homemade Traditional English Baking’ from an in-house bakery. One small popcorn machine. Liquor licence.
Accessibility: Very good, with ramps and level access
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Geoff's Review
When I first visited this venue in late 2011 it was just a large shell of a building. It has now been transformed (with considerable council support) into a live event venue and a three screen contemporary cinema. The refurbishment, both inside and outside, evokes the long history of the site (first opened as Everybody's Theatre in 1926, featuring a copper-clad cupola). It was later renamed the Regent Cinema and although damaged in the earthquake, re-opened with two screens in 2011 until it was replaced by the current three screen set-up. The Town Hall Cinemas feature an art deco theme and are rather lovely.
This prosperous North Canterbury farming/service town suffered considerable damage in the 2011 eathquake but this well-appointed cinema offers a mix of mainstream and art house films. It programmes the same films as similar venues but there is something special with the surroundings, and the cafe offerings--which include ginger cake, ginger crunch and Victoria sponges. When I visited in June 2015, the inventive in-house baker had made Jurrasic World cupcakes to her own design.
There are a number of special ticket prices, such as Senior Days and a loyalty club.