arthouse cinema (New Plymouth) CLOSED
73A Devon Street
Contact Person: Aingie O’Luain email@example.com
Phone: 06 757 3650
Screen: Single screen, digital
Sound: Good, due for upgrade
Seating: Eclectic mix of sofas, flip-up seats, armchairs and bean bags
Snackbar: Liquor licence, coffee and snacks. Available during intermissions too
Accessibility: Difficult, with steep flight of steps from street level
'Eclectic' was probably the best word to describe this cinema in the seaside/seaport city of New Plymouth. The staff also call it 'quirky'. The cinema evolved from a group of film enthusiasts organising screenings at Butler's Reef, a popular drinking hole at nearby Oakura Beach, then moved to an upstairs venue in the old Mayfair Theatre building, on the main drag (Devon Street) in New Plymouth (*my home town).
Sandwiched between a Thai restaurant and "Nauti Nik-Naks", a narrow flight of stairs opens up into an open-plan auditorium with an array of unconventional seating facing a single screen. Open everyday from 11.30am to 11pm, and run by a group of trustee, the arthouse offers an array of film (with an emphasis on NZ films), short film programmes, documentaries and music on film. A special feature during 2011 has been a regular Monday screening of Last Paradise, an eco/surfing film by local film-maker Clive Neeson.
Features old-fashioned intermissions during screenings.
Closed Sunday and Monday during summer.
In a nearby street (42 Queen Street, around the corner from the old White Hart Hotel)) is the wonderful Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, which screens occasional programmes associated with exhibitions, or travelling festivals (the Latin America Film Festival for example). In 2014, the Len Lye Centre is due to open, and will obviously feature his films.
In addition to the arthouse, New Plymouth offers many pleasures--from Mount Taranaki, to Puke Ariki museum, to the seafront walkway and numerous restaurants. It has grown up considerably in recent years and is no longer the hoon town I remember it as.