Cinema Details

Waiheke Community Cinema (Waiheke Island)

Contact Details
2 Korora Road
Waiheke Island (Auckland)

Contact Person: Matthias Kroeger
Phone: 09 372 4240


Capacity: 50
Screen: Single screen, in open-plan cinema + 16 seat smaller cinema.. DCI Digital projection + 35mm + e-cinema
Sound: 5.1 Sound (The Rolls-Royce of sound!)
Seating: An array of comfortable sofas, donated by island residents
Snackbar: No liquor licence but a good selection of drinks and snacks, with an emphasis on healthy options
Accessibility: Good. level access. Off-street parking.
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Geoff's Review
This is one of the few cinemas in New Zealand that you can take a ferry to (others are Stewart Island, Devonport and Russell).
The Waiheke cinema is the first substantial building you encounter when you travel up the hill from the Matiatia Ferry Terminal, this community cinema is part of Artworks complex. Established in 2003, it is staffed by nine projectionists, one co-ordinator and a substantial team (30) of volunteer ushers, and run by a non-profit trust. In many ways, it evokes the spirit of Waiheke, catering for a mix of wealthy retirees, commuters and life-stylers. For example, it owns a library of 60-70 short films which have been shot on the island, and these are often screened before the main feature. Every last Wednesday of the month features a 'Waiheke Spiritual Cinema' slot.
Film offerings cater for art house tastes but also caters for family audiences at weekends and school holidays, as well as the summer influx of holiday-makers, who swell the permanent population of 8,000. Late afternoon and evening screenings on week days. Good concession rates for seniors.
The noticeboard (see photo) reads: "Coming Attractions. You Won't See These on T.V."
The ferry trip is a cost (adults pay $35 for a 45-60min return trip) and parts of Waiheke feel like you are in Ponsonby or Takapuna, but catching a film at this cinema does give some sense of life on a small island.
The lack of liquor licence is no a problem as there are numerous vineyards on the island.
In the spirit of Waiheke ('The People's Republic of Waiheke') , a year-long fundraising effort led to the installation of DCI compliant projection in April 2013.