Cinema Details

Alice Cinemas, Christchurch

Contact Details
Alice in Videoland, cnr High Street & Tuam Street
Christchurch 8011

Contact Person: Jeremy Stewart (owner) at : Phone bookings 03 365 0615
Phone: 03 365 0615


Capacity: 38 seater + 36 seater
Screen: Two screens, DCP
Sound: Good
Seating: Good
Snackbar: Great range of superior snacks from ticketbox. Fully licensed and a shiny big coffee machine.
Accessibility: Good access at ground level (and general access to Christchurch CBD is improving)
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Geoff's Review
"A curious conduit to cinematic enlightenment" : still standing as a substantial two-story building as the re-build of Christchurch's earthquake-shattered CBD happens around it, Alice Cinemas both preserves its past and offers much hope for the future. Before the quakes, it was probably the best DVD-rental store in New Zealand, especially for art house titles (check out their online catalogue!) After the quakes, it continued to rent out its huge collection from temporary premises, and then re-opened in the original location in March 2012. A new 38-seater theatre was added in late 2012, featuring an Egyptian theme (to match the 'Luxor' carpet)and a daytime/evening programme of art house films (around about 3-4 films per week).
A second 36-seater screen opened in October 2017, featuring a Lewis Carroll-inspired theme. Alice in Videoland is transitioning more towards a cinema venue than a DVD store (as signaled by Jeremy in "The Reel People of New Zealand" documentary) but you can still enjoy film on both big and smaller screens.

This is a great addition, especially as the 2011 earthquake destroyed most cinema screens (32 in total) in Christchurch. It was rightly awarded the Independent Cinema of the Year title, in the 2015 poll. Offers specials on weeknights and also screens classic movies on Friday nights and weekends.

Next door is the wonderfully eclectic C1 Expresso Cafe. Recent developments for Alice include the construction of a new cinema in the suburb of Woolston, as part of The Tannery entertainment centre (see DeLuxe Cinemas, Woolston).

Cinema-going is returning, in strength, to Christchurch! A new Hoyts multiplex in the CBD is also under construction.

Alice Cinemas is best approached via Tuam Street, where there is ample parking with so few competing businesses nearby. More difficult to find at night (with continually changing traffic lay-outs) but you will find it.