Cinema Details

Regent Te Awamutu

Contact Details
Alexandra Street

Te Awamutu, South Waikato 3800

Contact Person: Allan Webb. Personal contact is best.
Phone: 07 871 6678


Capacity: 18 + 38 + 60 + 88 (3D) + 134
Screen: Five screens, all richly decorated
Sound: State-of-the-art digital
Seating: Mainly tip-up seating + lounge seats in the smaller screens
Snackbar: Snack bar, with good selection of sweet treats
Accessibility: Good access from street level. Stairs to larger screens.
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Geoff's Review
This cinema, situated in the main street of the attractive South Waikato town of Te Awamutu ('Rose Town'), offers something special. The proprietor (Allan Webb) has devoted his life to creating a living museum of cinema-going at the Regent, incorporating salvaged or rescued items (seats, lights, decorations, plinths) from cinemas long gone. You buy your tickets from an old box office which dates from the early 1900s.
It is really quite a magical place. But it is more than a museum for it offers a full and varied daily programme of recent releases (mainstream and art house titles), in an environment which is very much what 'going to the pictures' used to be like.
At least once in your life, you need to catch a film at the Regent Te Awamutu. Allan has certain expectations of his patrons (no jandals, no singlets, no cell phones) but he also wants to make the experience of watching a film in a proper cinema one to be treasured. If you happen to strike up a conversation with Allan, you will find that he has a deep and rare knowledge of New Zealand cinemas (and is writing a monumental history of them.
After the film, take a stroll down Alexandra Street and check out the Central Cafe, with its collection of Americana.