Cinema Details

Westport NBS Theatre

Contact Details
105 Palmerston Street


Contact Person:
Phone: 03 789 4219


Capacity: 55 (with 3D) + 20 + 400 seat multi-purpose auditorium
Screen: Two screens
Sound: Custom-built, with an upgrade pending
Seating: Tip-up seats (ex-Hoyts), with two couches in the 20-seater boutique
Snackbar: snack bar, Liquor licence for live perforamces in multi-purpose auditorium
Accessibility: Good level access
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Geoff's Review
Two cinema screens are an important component of the Westport NBS Theatre, situated in a former sports arena which was refurbished by the Buller District Council some six years ago, to provide a central community for this northern West Coast town with a population of 6000. In 2016, it continues to be owned by the BDC (the NBS refers to the naming rights from benefactors the Nelson Building Society). The cinema also acknowledges the heritage of local identity and projectionist Bill Moffitt.
It provides for a mixed audience, with an emphasis on mainstream titles but also some art house films. Patrons travel from as far north as Karamea, to a cinema which has a new and well-cared-for feel about it.
The very large main auditorium hosts visiting acts, which include the NZ Symphony Orchestra and ballet, as well as local productions.
Like other West Coast towns, Westport is turning to new economic possibilities as traditional industries decline. The Lower Buller Gorge and Punakaiki are nearby tourist draws. Approval was granted in December 2015, to open a new coal mine which will be visible on the skyline.