132 Scotland Street,
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Functions: Movies (First Run)
Previous Names: Athenaeum Hall, Town Hall 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.
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