Cinema Details

The Vic Devonport

Contact Details
48 Victoria Road
Auckland 0624

Contact Person: Philipp Jaser, General Manager & Programme Director 021 190 3007
Phone: 09 4460100


Capacity: Victoria 180/ Benwell(Circle) 44/Albert 114
Screen: Three. Cinema 3 (Albert) has Panastereo active shutterglass 3D system
Sound: Awesome 5.1 surround sound in three cinemas
Seating: Well-upholstered cinema seats
Snackbar: Cafe catering for adult tastes. Choc dip ice creams and popcorn but also wine and tasty short order food. Devonport Gelato a speciality. .
Accessibility: Good access for the main auditorium (Victoria) but stairs for the upstairs screens.
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Geoff's Review
This is an important cinema in respect of both the history of film-going in New Zealand, and for the role independents play in the current exhibition landscape in New Zealand. It is the oldest purpose-built cinema in New Zealand and although it previously sat idle for long periods, it is also a prime example of community action successfully arguing the case for a local cinema, serving a specific audience sector. The Victoria is run by a community trust under a leasehold agreement with the local council, drawing on local skills and experience but the prime mover behind it all was John Davies, who has had a long and illustrious career in film distribution and exhibition.
The Victoria is an imposing building on Victoria Road, the main thoroughfare which winds down to the seaside mecca of Devonport. Shops and restaurants cater for all kinds of indulgences, for both well-heeled locals and Aucklanders who arrive by ferry to enjoy the shopping and the dinky beaches.
Film offerings cater for a wide range of tastes, with an emphasis on children's/family movies and art house titles. The teenage audience goes elsewhere.
Live events and special occasions, such as The Rocky Horror Trick 'r Treat Halloween special in October, and regular stand-up comedy gigs have been a feature. There is also a monthly classic/vintage film screening. The informative, weekly email newsletter can keep you up to date.
The interior designs are stylish, the seating is comfortable and the coffee is great.
Well worth a trip across the Harbour Bridge or a ferry trip, to join the locals who understand the importance of a local cinema in community life.