Cinema Details

The Embassy (Wellington)

Contact Details
Address:
10 Kent Terrace

Wellington City
Map

Contact Person: Elly, manager@deluxe.co.nz; embassy@eventcinemas.co.nz
Phone: 04 384 7657
Fax: 04 385 9037
Mobile:

Website: http://www.deluxe.co.nz

Details
Capacity: Main screen 700+ (the biggest screen in NZ) + two smaller screens at 70 each
Screen: Single screen. with 3D capacity + Dolby Atmos and High Frame Rate; two scrreen in DeLuxe
Sound: Dolby digital
Seating: Fixed, standard seating, which was updated for LOTR premieres
Snackbar: Liquor licence at Blondini’s Jazz Lounge. There is also an upstairs snack bar, which features ‘nostalgia’ sweets (eg candy cigarettes)
Accessibility: Grand stairways but there is also a lift, and capability for seat removal
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Geoff's Review
One of the architectural wonders of New Zealand's capitol city, with a building which dominates Wellington in terms of its history (built in 1924) and its central role in the Lord of the Rings and King Kong phenomena, when all red carpets led to the doors of The Embassy. It is an attraction for tourists and film buffs, with the major event of the year still the New Zealand International Film Festival in July.
The building is big and its presence in the entertainment precinct of Wellington declares how important film is in the cultural life of Wellingtonians. It is an old-style film-going experience, with a contemporary and urban edge. If you are accustomed to box-like and unremarkable multiplex screens, the giant screen at The Embassy will be overwhelming. Even though its interior is not as ornate as The Civic in Auckland, The Embassy is in the same tradition of picture palaces and it remains a fully-functioning film venue.
The film programme has been constrained by the single screen but that has changed with the addition of two DeLuxe screens on the street level, widening options from the largely mainstream fare. An intriguing tunnel entrance leads to a foyer with a very contemporary style, and two additional screens.
In addition to these new screens, there is the very popular, is somewhat cramped, De Luxe Cafe next door.
Wellintonians treasure The Embassy and this is reflected in the Wellington City Council's involvement in ownership.
Cheap seats on Tuesdays and concessions for students, senior citizens and Film Society members.
You can choose named seating--including a row of leather seats bearing the names of luminaries such as Howard Shore (composer of The Lord of the Rings).
Parking can be a problem but the cinema is easily accessible by bus, or on foot.