Cinema Details

Capitol Cinema (Auckland)

Contact Details
Address:
610 Dominion Road
Balmoral
Auckland
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Contact Person: James Gates 021 292 9795
Phone: 09 623 2000
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Website: http://www.capitolcinema.co.nz

Details
Capacity: 130 seater
Screen: Single screen
Sound: Dolby digital
Seating: Fixed but comfortable
Snackbar: Liquor licence, coffee and snacks. Icecream by Movenpick and pastries from Pandora’s Bakery.
Accessibility: Difficult as the heritage status of the building precludes major alterations
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Geoff's Review
The floors and stairs creak as you move around this historic cinema, which has existed as a film-going venue for many years (built in 1923). It also played a pioneering role in introducing Aucklanders to art house films, as Charley Gray's Pictures in the 1980s. For a time, it specialised in Bollywood films.
Single-screen cinemas are becoming a threatened species in New Zealand and this one is well worth a visit. The Capitol is sandwiched in a row of rather non-descript Asian food outlets and right next to a climbing wall facility (just like The Basement in Rotorua) on busy Dominion Road (which brings to mind The Mutton Birds song "...half-way down Dominion Road"). The interior is dark and a little mysterious, with the upstairs lobby resembling an old Victorian rail carriage. Even though there is only one screen, the film programming is closely aligned to its sister cinema The Lido, offering a good range of 3-4 art house films on any day. Good parking close by.
It has a very loyal following of regulars and people travel from across Auckland for an experience that is genuine and not contrived.