Cinema Details

Penthouse Cinema & Cafe (Brooklyn, Wellington)

Contact Details
205 Ohiro Road
Wellington 6021

Contact Person: Caroline Palmer, Films & Bookings Manager 021 191 8522 or Mobile: 027 3005199
Phone: 04 384 3157
Fax: 04 384 3553


Capacity: Threes screens, ranging between 30 and 168 seats
Screen: No 3D–not really needed for the usual patronage
Sound: Dolby digital
Seating: Armchair and couch style
Snackbar: Liquor licence. A lovely cafe/bistro, with a seven-day menu, including breakfast/brunch.
Accessibility: Ramp for easy access to downstairs screens (Two and Three); more difficult for upstairs screens
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Geoff's Review
As you head up Brooklyn Road to hilly suburb of Brooklyn, one of the most welcome sights in the small clusters of shops and cafes at the top of the hill is the art deco-styled sign for the Penthouse. A long-established Wellington favourite, this family-owned cinema (first opened in 1939) is very oriented towards an older , educated audience who favour film-going as an outing with dining and coffee. rather than popcorn experience.
See the Penthouse website for a fuller history.
It was voted the Best New Zealand Cinema in 2009 by the Australasian Independent Distributors Assn and it continues to serves its clientele very well. It has combined opera and theatre-on-film with themed meals ie German cuisine with Wagner.
The ambience (restful lighting, luxurious seating), along with the food and film offerings provide for the needs of an older, affluent cinema-going clientele but there are also opportunities for grandparents to take young 'uns along to school holiday films.
The staff is young and attentive. Good adjacent Park&Pay parking.
The Brooklyn Deli next door is also worth a visit. Bogarts Pizza, around the corner from the Penthouse, features movie-related pizzas eg 'The Bacall' , 'Maltese Falcon'.