Cinema Details

Stewart Island Bunkhouse Theatre

Contact Details
10 Main Road


Contact Person: Pete and Penny at 027 867 9381
Phone: 027 867 9381


Capacity: 53
Screen: one. E-cinema
Sound: good
Seating: comfortable single seating
Snackbar: Snackbar with ice cream & popcorn
Accessibility: level access
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Geoff's Review
After experiencing cinema-going in the North Island and the South Island, you are now able to share the experience on New Zealand's third island: Rakiura or Stewart Island. Through the sterling efforts of two locals (Pete and Penny), the Bunkhouse Theatre now offers evening entertainment for locals and visitors, to add to the pleasures of the great South Sea Hotel and cafes, or just sitting outdoors and listening to the call of the kiwi.
When I last visited Stewart Island some three years ago, its little cinema was sitting empty--not because of lack of patronage but because of the expense of running it (the cost of electricity on the island is at least five times than on the mainland). But it is back, with the main focus on screenings of a 40 minute locally-made film "A Local's Tail"* over the summer months (October to April) to visitors at scheduled times, or other times for group bookings.
The Bunkhouse is closed during winter, whilst the island hunkers down but once or twice a month during summer they also screen a programme of classics, art house and NZ independent films. These are primarily for residents and there is an intention to show more NZ films. For example, the Show Me Shorts festival will feature in November.
* You can buy this film via I have ordered my copy.