Cinema Details

Dorothy Browns Cinema, Bar & Bookstore (Arrowtown)

Contact Details
18 Buckingham Street

Arrowtown], Central Otago

Contact Person: Samantha (Manager)
Phone: Info Line: 03 442 1968/Land line 03 442 1964
Fax: 03 442 1953


Capacity: The Den (20) and Main (42)
Screen: Two screens, DCP. 3D in main cinema.
Sound: Digital
Seating: Armchair style in main theatre;couches (and candles!) in the inviting little Den
Snackbar: Liqour licence (mulled wine in winter) Local wines and cheeses
Accessibility: Ramp off Arrow Lane, with wheelchair spaces
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Geoff's Review
They name their cinemas after mythical women in Central Otago! Dorothy Browns is down an alley-way and up a flight of stairs, just off the historic street of this old gold town (Arrowtown celebrated 150 years of gold exploration in 2014). The beautiful Arrow River flows by just one block away.
Indeed, Buckingham Street feels like a street with no peer in New Zealand, lined with low, 19th century shops and cottages, with thriving businesses selling expensive goods to tourists. But it is much more low-key and less touristy than nearby Queenstown (20 minutes by car).
Both the town and Dorothy Browns have a special kind of character. DB's is a thriving cinema but also a bookshop and a bar. Any bookshop which sells the latest issue of the Atlantic and Vanity Fair has my approval!
In winter, a log fire welcomes you whilst the temperature drops below zero outside. Have a beer at the great New Orleans Hotel across the street, and then pop along to Dorothy Browns for a recent art house film and special events, such as the French Film Festival. It is a welcoming place and you will love the atmosphere.
The Queenstown Film Society gathers here on Tuesday nights at 8.30pm as the Queenstown multiplex seems to cater solely to teens and tourists.
If you are a local, you can join the Dorothy Browns Membership Package which offers a range of discounts and special offers, for $75 annually.