Cinema Details

Mayfair Theatre (Kaikoura) CLOSED due to earthquake damage 2017; fund-raising to re-open

Contact Details
80 Esplanade

Kaikoura 7300

Contact Person: Andy (Andrea), Manager 021 649 9596
Phone: 03 319 5859

Website: + Twitter

Capacity: 120 seats
Screen: DCP (from Nov 2013) + 3D. Good sight lines
Sound: Good
Seating: Seats donated from the Christchurch Arts Centre
Snackbar: Snackbar,. Liquor licence for special occasions
Accessibility: One small step from street level.
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Geoff's Review
A long-established, art deco-style cinema which has graced the sea-frontage Esplanade in the coastal fishing/tourist town of Kaikoura since 1934.
It was purchased by the Kaikoura community in 1984 and in the ensuing decades it has been run by a small management team, supported by a committee. Community efforts also enabled a switch to digital in 2013.
The Mayfair serves the local population of 3,500 but 10,000 people passed through its doors in 2014 and 7,000 in the first half of 2015, suggesting that it is also an attraction for tourists who flock to town for the stunning scenery, and nautical adventures such as whale-watching.

The film programme alternates between mainstream fare and art house titles.

I was pleased to be able to tour this cinema in June 2015 as it has featured on the front page of this site since it began. You can't miss the Mayfair as you drive along the foreshore of Kaikoura, with its very distinctive pink and black decor, and you shouldn't. It certainly has one of the best views in the world.

2017 UPDATE: The Mayfair suffered badly in the most recent earthquake to strike the South Island but plans are underway to re-open this lovely little cinema.
One venture to fund raise is the Mobile Mayfair MOBILE MAYFAIR IS HERE!
The Mayfair Theatre is going on the road, whilst we rebuild our iconic cinema. We are now in a position to roll out a programme of FREE movies for the Kaikoura Community, starting on Thursday 6th July at Kaikoura Museum .
Watch out for the full details which will be posted on this page, the Kaikoura Notice Board and the soon to be rolled out Events page at the Kaikoura District Council...