Cinema Details

Hokitika’s Regent Theatre

Contact Details
23 Weld Street

Hokitika 7801

Contact Person: James 021 0710649
Phone: 03 755 8101

Website: + Facebook

Capacity: Large 391 seat auditorium
Screen: Single screen, with good sight-lines. 3D installed since 2009.
Sound: Good surround-sound (Datasat AP20)
Seating: Tip-up seats, restored and refurbished
Snackbar: Interesting adjoining cafe, (once was ‘Stapleton’s Milkbar’) operating until 3pm daily. Gourmet pies a speciality. No liquor licence.
Accessibility: Access to lower level seating.
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Geoff's Review
Thirty-nine km south on SH6 from the Regent Greymouth is the West Coast town of Hokitika, and another Regent Theatre. The two cinemas share a similar style and spirit, and have a very good relationship.
Opened in the same year (1935) as the Greymouth Regent, Hokitika's Regent has similar art-deco touches, a similar film programme (a good mix of mainstream and art house titles), and is oriented to both local patronage and tourists, with occasional live events. Hokitika's Regent calls on community support and this has led to the successful completion of a seat restoration scheme.

Like Greymouth, Hokitika has turned to tourism to boost the local economy, trumpeting itself as 'Jade Country' and celebrating the annual Wild Food Festival. Be sure to visit the rather curious Sock Knitting Machine Museum on Sewell Street, and buy a pair or two of quality shoe-liners.

In respect of this website, The Crooked Mile Talking Pictures venue was very much the inspiration for setting up this venture. Sadly, it not longer screens films but the building remains. I remember watching The Kids Are Alright there on a stormy summer night in December 2011, whilst the grand old building creaked and groaned, as wild winds swept across the Hokitika's foreshore.