Roxburgh Cinema

132 Scotland Street,

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Functions: Movies (First Run)

Previous Names: Athenaeum Hall, Town Hall Cinema

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 03.446.8744

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Interior Roxburgh Cinema

Roxburgh’s first cinema was in the Athenaeum Hall, opening 11th December 1897. Operators then were Northcote Kinematography Company, Disc Gaiety Company and finally in 1900, by Hull Pictures.

The present cinema opened in 1930 and was operated by the Roxburgh Borough Council from 1930 until 1985-87 and operated as the Town Hall Cinema with a seating capacity of 400. It was then taken over by an independent operator. Up-graded to stadium seating and Dolby-Stereo, a first for Central Otago in 1997. A new larger CinemaScope screen was installed in 2004. Roxburgh is the oldest surviving original cinema still open in the South Island. In July 2014 funding is being sought to upgrade to digital projection.

Contributed by Bradley Knewstubb

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Bradley Knewstubb
Bradley Knewstubb on December 10, 2009 at 9:58 pm

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Bradley Knewstubb
Bradley Knewstubb on February 14, 2012 at 6:07 am

This cinema is being twinned

Kirsten_May on August 24, 2014 at 7:12 pm

Hi there. This cinema is NOT closed. We are fundraising for digital projection equipment and are still screening 35mm films when we can source them and movies through our data projector. We will also have eCinema available soon, whilst we gather enough money to purchase digital projection equipment :)

Bradley Knewstubb
Bradley Knewstubb on November 4, 2014 at 12:58 am

Since the original overview was written it has since been confirmed that the Roxburgh cinema was opened on December 11, 1897, making it New Zealand’s oldest cinema.

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