Odeon Multiplex Cinemas (Gisborne)
72 Gladstone Road
Contact Person: Dave Hall Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 06 867 3339
Fax: 06 868 1230
Screen: Five screens: Cinemas 1&3: 3D and 2D; Cinema 2: DCP + 35mm; Cinema 4; e-cinema; Cinema 5: DCP, Bigger screens are curved. All five screens will be converted to digital by the end of 2013
Sound: Top-notch Dolby 650 system
Seating: Comfortable. tip-up seats
Snackbar: Old-style Nibble Nook, with adjacent cafes. Liquor licence
The Odeon was long graced by the stately figure of Raey Wheeler, who began in the cinema business aged 19, working as usher, cashier and manager, until she bought the Odeon in 1990. You used to find her sitting behind the ticket counter most days, always willing to share a tale or two--such as stories about the days when there was a cinema in every little town around the East Cape. Raey died in February 2015 and at her passing the Gisborne Herald spoke of her as a 'Gisborne institution' and 'movie matriarch' See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NL47aAB2360
The Odeon continues to offer mainstream movies at the weekends and more art house fare on week nights. Well worth a visit if you are visiting Gisborne.
With The Dome and the Odeon, Gisborne has retained two very good cinemas. This is quite remarkable for a small city, a long drive from anywhere. Also check out the great Muir's Bookshop across the road; I wish we had such a bookshop in Hamilton.