Cinema Details

State Cinemas (Nelson)

Contact Details
91 Trafalgar Street


Contact Person: Mark Christensen, Manager 021 489 175
Phone: 03 548 3885


Capacity: 192 + 138 + 106 + 74 + 49 + 43 + 20 + 17 + 12
Screen: Nine screens, with 3D on three screens. DCI + 35mm
Sound: State-of-the-art systems, with great sound
Seating: Fixed, comfortable seating with some variation in smaller cinemas and recent upgrades
Snackbar: Liquor licence. Good snack bar. Restaurant/Cafe/Bar upstairs provides pre or post-cinema dining, and has a reputation for the best pizza in Nelson.
Accessibility: Good access, with lift to upstair screens
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Geoff's Review
The State warrants its names, as a stately building on Trafalgar Street in the Nelson CBD. In many ways, it reflects the dedication to the arts and culture which is often seen as a special characteristic of Nelson. Beyond the grand facade (built in 1936), there is a myriad of film offerings, with numerous daily sessions across nine screens, which range from large auditorium to boutique screens. Mainstream and 3D features are screened on the larger screens, whilst 7-10 films are scheduled in smaller screens, as 'Arthouse at the State' .
Nelson obviously prides itself on having such a grand cinema in town and such a range of contemporary film, and it does attract an educated, cosmopolitan audience--as well as family and child audiences. It is a very pleasant cinema to visit.
It also helps that it is run by Mark Christensen, who has had a long career in film exhibition in New Zealand and really knows how to provide for a wide range of film interests.

The State also has two adjuncts in Nelson and nearby Motueka. See also: State (Motueka) and Suter Cinema (Nelson). The latter is currently undergoing renovations (Jan 2016).