Crooked Mile Cinema (Hokitika) CLOSED April 2012
36 Revell Street
Phone: 03 755 5309
Seating: Tiered rows of squishy sofas
Snackbar: Snacks, chocolate. wine and liquers
Accessibility: good access
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Situated in an historic, brightly painted old bank building in downtown Hokitika, a historic goldmining burg on the West Coast, The Crooked Mile is owned and operated by a proprietor who acts as ticket seller, bartender and e-cinema projectionist. The running costs must be very low (The Globe and Mail suggests he only needs four customers a night to make a go of it) but the releases (art house and New Zealand films) are recent, the images are sharp and the screen is large, the patrons are friendly, and it is a great place to go on a wild West Coast night, with the sea crashing away virtually across the street.
The only downside is that late-comers sometimes bang on the wooden doors, wanting to be let in after the film has started--but you will never want to go to a multiplex again!
Further along Revell Street there is the Hokitika Sock Museum, which is far more interesting and less daft than it sounds. Several good cafes and pubs nearby, with West Coast hospitality.
An experience to be shared!