Light House Cuba (Wellington City)
29 Wigan Street (off Cuba Street)
Contact Person: Harriet Prebble, Manager.firstname.lastname@example.org. 021 045 0460
Phone: 04 385 3337 (press ‘0’ for a human voice)
Screen: Three, fully digital. 3D on two screens
Sound: Topgrade 7.1 system
Seating: couch seating, with cushions
Snackbar: full cafe, with cabinet food (via Light House Petone). Rush Munro’s ice cream. A super coffee machine too.
Accessibility: good street access but nearby parking could be a problem
The latest addition to the Light House chain (opened in late 2012, the Light House Cuba is found in a little dog-leg street which runs between Vivian Street and Abel Smith Street in central Wellington. Across the street from the rather charming Havana Bar, this cinema provides for urban, discerning film-goers (Hanecke's demanding film 'Amour' was attracting good audiences when I visited in February 2013 and 'Detroit' in November 2017).
It is housed in a building with inner-city cred (formerly a stables, then a motor mechanics), and close by the rather raffish but increasingly trendy Cuba Street precinct. Does not feature festivals but has a wide range of art house films, with innovative concessions, to attract both a younger crowd eg Student Thursday, where $11.50 buys you a ticket and a free hot drink, Treat Yourself Tuesday and Senior Wednesday ($11.50).
The Light House Cuba does not advertise widely, depending on word-of-mouth to build a loyal patronage--as well as employing a young and enthusiastic staff.
Two special features are the 'Film Quiz' slides which precede the film, for those know-it-alls amongst us, and the ability to book seats on-line (and pay for them when you arrive).
A lovely foyer and interesting information posted on the walls.
VOTED THE 2015 BEST CINEMA IN NEW ZEALAND