A night at the movies in Christchurch just got classier with the opening of the new Deluxe Cinemas at The Tannery. State-of-the-art boutique theatres designed with the discerning cinemaphile in mind, the new venue comes to us from the Stewart family, the brains trust behind Alice Cinematheque (nee In Videoland), the film library and Egyptian-themed mini-picture-palace that’s a city institution.
These guys know movies, and it shows in their new venture; both the 32 seat and larger 54 seat auditoriums at the new Deluxe have been designed with careful consideration of sightlines, digital projection and a rich Dolby sound experience, and décor, lighting and climate control are all harmonised to create a supremely comfortable, sophisticated and relaxed atmosphere.
Rejecting modern multiplex mayhem for a return to the more romantic era of movie-going, Deluxe is ditching popcorn for hand-rolled ice creams, gourmet hot nuts, cheese boards from Canterbury Cheesemongers, fresh coffee, character...
Resplendent in its Art Deco elegance, the Hollywood 3 Cinema provides not only a trip down memory lane, but also a retrospective masterclass in movie theatre 101.
Complete with ol’ skool neon signage and lettered lightboxes that requires changing by hand out front with the movies, Sumner’s bastion of independent cinema – and the only suburban cinema still standing in the city after 80 years of operation – offers a movie-going experience like no other.
A visit is a delightfully anachronistic trip back in time to when movies meant glamour; think classical draping curtains, a giant Oscar statue and comfy seats, all recalling the heyday of Hollywood, and all blended with the best of the modern, with state-of-the-art Dolby sound and high definition pictures ensuring that going to the movies becomes an occasion again.
Pick up your tickets from an authentic box office, then peruse the reasonably-priced snacks, including the...
Christchurch cinephiles of all stripes are preparing to turn down evenings out, call up babysitters and get their entire lives reorganised, because the annual NZIFF is back in town for another year from 7 – 24 August to enliven winter and keep us glued to the screen for two and a half weeks.
90 films will feature in the Christchurch festival programme, with the usual lively international blend of comedy, drama, genre pics, docos, shorts, and the bizarre (thanks Strange Film guru Ant Timpson, you diabolical genius!) providing plenty to inspire and entertain.
Typically there’s so much on offer this year that it’s impossible to get to everything, with a record number of films playing in Christchurch this year, but Cityscape will be keeping an eye out for Frank (pictured above), sci-fi pic Snowpiercer, and Housebound – the Kiwi horror-comedy that's winning mad plaudits overseas – among others. We also dug...
Pratiquez votre français – the largest French event on New Zealand’s cultural calendar has arrived for 2014. Showcasing the best of contemporary French film, the festival kicks off on the 20th of February at Hoyts Northlands.
Here’s what we’ll be heading along to in this year’s extensive programme:
Chinese Puzzle (Casse-tête chinois) – selected as an opening night film for a reason, this modern comedy features French acting royalty Romain Duris and Audrey Tatou (remember Amelie?) and is set against the colourful backdrop of New York, as Duris’ character Xavier tries to make sense of the Chinese puzzle that is his life. Variety billed it as “…a seductive advertisement for modern living.”
Our Heroes Died Tonight (Nos Héros Sont Mort Ce Soir) – this neo-noir crime tale in the tradition of Scorcese and Tarantino is set in the professional wrestling world of the 1960s. Tough guys, tense moments and gripping set...
Lang Masters has no plans to retire. The octogenarian owner-operator of the Hollywood 3 Cinema in Sumner just keeps on trucking, with his lifelong love of – and service to –cinema in New Zealand recently officially recognised by a service award from the New Zealand Motion Picture Industry Council.
Lang and his wife Maureen have kept the Hollywood running for over 50 years, through all the ebbs and flows of the movie business during that time – the rise of television, the advent of the mass-market multiplex, and now the age of home theatres and Internet piracy. The Hollywood is comfortably Christchurch’s oldest surviving suburban cinema. Lang’s own love of cinema goes all the way back to his immediate post-school days.
"It's been over 50 years. As long as I'm alive, I'll be doing this," the octogenarian recently told The Press. "I enjoy it and if you enjoy it, it's not...