Cinema Details

Empire Cinema & Eatery (Island Bay, Wellington)-

Contact Details
214 The Parade
Island Bay

Contact Person: Freya Mckernan, Operations Manager 022 195 2980/
Phone: 04 939 7557


Capacity: 65 + 55 + 49
Screen: Three. Digital + Cinema One with 3D capacity
Sound: Digital
Seating: Fixed, comfortable seating
Snackbar: Cafe/bistro + bar. The gelato is a special treat.
Accessibility: Level access to two ground floor screens but no lift to Cinema 3 upstairs
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Geoff's Review
The Empire is a remarkable local cinema in the outer suburb of Island Bay in Wellington. After a long period sitting idle, after a life as a single-screen cinema and hardware store, it was re-opened due to the efforts of local Ian Hay.

It closed again in 2013, only to re-open again with new family owners in 2015. It continues to provide a gathering place for locals and provides a safe and welcoming environment for children.

The entrance opens on to The Parade, a broad main/bus route leading to Island Bay and the sea, and the locals seem to treat the cinema and cafe with great affection. An on-site kitchen provides dining opportunities (brunch and dinner daily), with a wide range of films to cater for most tastes (mainstream and art house).
The primary audience are regulars but people also travel from all over Wellington to this venue.
Island Bay has a unique atmosphere, with a population mix of families, young professionals and some vestiges of its Italian immigrant heritage.
Good parking and on a main bus route.
Check out the interesting St Vincent de Paul op-shop across the road and there are range of cafes are just up the road, in the Island Bar village.