Cinema Details

The Roxy (Miramar, Wellington)

Contact Details
5 Park Road

Contact Person: Valentina Dias Valentina@roxycinema.conz or 0210322800 or
Phone: 04 388 5555


Capacity: Screen One 164 + Screen Two 55
Screen: Two, with 3D and top quality digital in both screens + 35mm
Sound: The very best, as befits those involved in the development
Seating: Leather sofa/armchair stryle, specifically designed for comfort
Snackbar: The Roxy Foyer Cafe + CoCo at the Roxy (restaurant) + the Grand Lobby Bar. Quality British sweets for special treats.
Accessibility: Good, with lifts and removable seats
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Geoff's Review
Miramar, once a rather dowdy suburb close by Wellington Airport, has been revitalised in recent years as a result of the world-class film facilities of Weta Productions but also by the return of local cinema, in the guise of The Roxy Cinema at 5 Park Road. There is a direct connection between these two sites of activity, for Weta Workshop's Sir Richard Taylor and other Wellington luminaries were responsible for transforming a disused shopping mall into a magnificent cinema, which evokes the golden days of cinema-going but also calls on the latest screening technology and latest releases.
The Roxy also rescues a significant cinema site from decline, for it is built around the old Capitol Theatre, which opened in 1928 with silent films until converted to 'talkies' in 1932 and continued to offer film screenings to the southern suburbs of Wellington until 1964.
The Roxy opened in April 2011, offering a film-going experience which compares to the Embassy in central Wellington or the Civic in Auckland. It you look carefully, some of the fittings and flourishes are reproductions provided through the craftmanship of Weta--but film is all about illusion, isn't?
The film programme features a wide range of both mainstream and art house titles, across two screens. In December 2011, it was screening a new print of Illustrious Energy, which is my favourite New Zealand film.
Going to The Roxy is something quite different than strolling along to your local multiplex. It is an outing where you want to wear your best hat or at least shine your shoes, for you might well spot a celebrity or two sipping for a coffee , or pre-film dining at Coco at the Roxy.
Other welcome touches include friendly ushers and old-school confectionery trays.
Those responsible for The Roxy had a desire to give something back to Miramar and they have done so, with heaps of style and presence.