Regent Theatre

23 Weld Street,
Hokitika 7900

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flowirin on November 13, 2009 at 10:45 pm

so a big cheer all around for the theatre restoration comittee and all the volunteers who made this happen. its a bit of a fairy tale – from slated for demolition to the most up to date cinema in the country! we’ve managed to find samples of all the original color scheme, resene has provided colormatched paint. when we cleaned up the proscenium arch, we found the original detailing along the top. the digital projection means we can use nearly the entire arch as our screen, so the picture is huge, and framed perfectly by the restored colours. the place is beautiful.

next up is work on a new heating system, LED coloured lighting coordinated behind the art deco grilles and changes to the live sound provisions. and lots of other little things. come visit!

flowirin on November 13, 2009 at 10:39 pm

The Cinema is now up and running again in Full Digital projection, with the best sound system in New Zealand. you can check out the timetables at

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3d is expected in time for avatar this december.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on February 10, 2008 at 2:53 pm

The Regent Theatre can be seen on the centre left of this photograph (the large white roof):
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A better view of the Regent Theatre on the right of this photograph:

Sagitarius23 on January 27, 2007 at 5:14 am

Good Luck.The Regent deserves to be restored and preserved.It is an important part of your social history. This is one of the few remaining purpose-built NZ cinemas from the “heyday” of NZ cinema and I suggest and hope that option 2 is the way to go. No other options should even be considered.
The “character”, “ambience” and “feel” of the Regent (indeed the very name “Regent”) could never be replaced with a new building (even with the old facade), and it is these aspects of the building and the fact that it was built at a time when “cinema was King” in New Zealand that gives it a “soul” and makes it of historical value and well worth preserving. The local council should be supporting your restoration efforts as it is a valuable community asset. If it is demolished, the town will live to regret it..