Cinema Details

Basement Cinema (Rotorua)

Contact Details
1140 Hinemoa Street


Contact Person: Simon Reilly, Managing Director 07 350 1400 or
Phone: 07 350 1400
Mobile: 021 049 4275


Capacity: 23 + 13
Screen: Two screens with e-cinema
Sound: Dolby digital
Seating: Fixed, comfortable armchairs
Snackbar: Liquor licence and snack bar
Accessibility: Good–a sloping corridor from street level
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Geoff's Review
The name suggest some dark dungeon but it really a well-lit cinema just below street level, down a gentle slope off the shopping area of Hinemoa Street. The adjacent climbing wall attracts your attention firstly, where you can usually find children scrambling up the hand-holds, whilst their anxious parents wait below.
Less prominent are the doors to Cinema 1 and Cinema 2, two smaliish cinemas which a good range of 8-10 sessions daily of art house films (eg "Melancholia" and "Submarine" in January 2012).
There are senior citizen rates and you can join up for a membership card which entitles you further benefits eg eg free coffee/wine with every 10 visits.
Attracts an older audience, who are obviously more interested in films than climbing walls, as well tourists who head to Rotorua in great numbers.
Host the annual Magma Short Film Festival in April