Cinema Details

Rubys Cinema (Wanaka)

Contact Details
cnr Cardrona Road & West Meadows Drive

Wanaka, Central Otago

Contact Person: Belinda at or
Phone: 03 443 6901
Fax: 03 443 6902


Capacity: Main 37 + Snug 16
Screen: Two screens, digital with 3D in Main screen + e-cinema in Snug
Sound: State-of-the-art Dolby 5.2
Seating: Luxury, armchair style, with Lazyboy rockers and recliners
Snackbar: Civilised drinking is a feature, with a sumptuous bar which features Central Otago wines. Locally source coffee and cheese too.
Accessibility: Level front access, lift + wheelchair spaces
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Geoff's Review
Film-goers to the popular Cinema Paradiso in the tourist resort of Wanaka now have another option, in Rubys which opened in October 2011, promoted as "Wanaka's Own Boutique Cinema With 3-D Technology". Just on the outskirts of Wanaka, as you head for the Cardrona ski-field and sheltering beneath a faux rock wall and the Lone Star restaurant, this is a special kind of cinema and a place where no popcorn nor muzak intrudes. It is certainly not a place you should bring your own refreshments.
In June 2015, for example, $25 bought you a Hawaiian Storm cocktail and a ticket to the Jerry Maguire film 'Aloha'.
Films are a mix of mainstream and art house and the film-going is upmarket. Tickets for the Snug are only $12, to help promote particular art house/foreign films. Wednesday night is Locals Night
Wanaka is able to sustain two vibrant art house cinemas, primarily for well-heeled, older locals but increasingly the stream of foreign tourists drawn to the wonderful landscapes of lake, mountains and rock and other diversions (such as Puzzling World and Warbirds & Wheels)
The bar is a delight, with velvety walls and large images of stars such as Sophia Loren and Marlon Brando--and stars on the ceiling.
This cinema is an excellent example of a new style of film-going, where sophistication is blended with nostalgia--"where you can wear your best dress, enjoy your favourite drink and escape to another world".
Rubys is also involved with the annual Mountain Film Festival.