An interesting, rather pessimistic piece from the Spinoff, about the lovely Roxy:
Peter McKenzie was also interviewed by Jesse Mulligan on RNZ Afternoons at www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/afternoons/audio/2018797874/cinemas-struggling-for-survival-around-nz
1. The Majestic in Taihape, which continues to screen a range of interesting new releases.
2. The Civic in Otaki, which is undergoing extensive renovations. My hope is that screenings will return there, both for the Maoriland Film Festival and a regular programme.
.... but I am keeping an eye on new developments, in Oamaru and other places, and planning another trip to the South Island in July. In the meantime, I have had several memorable cinema experiences; the centenary celebrations at Everybody's Theatre in Opunake and, more recently, joining a near-full house in the Civic in Queen Street, for the premiere of Florian Habicht's new film JAMES & ISEY. A magnificent setting for a magnificent film, which is now in general release. Do get to see it.
I would love for the Civic to do more film screenings so I was pleased to see that Doc Edge 2021 has scheduled documentary screenings in mid-June.
Geoff Lealand was an Assoc Prof in Screen and Media Studies at the University of Waikato from 1992 to 2017. Now retired (not a word he favours), he writes social history, maintains this site, its Facebook and Instagram pages, as well as going to the cinema at least twice weekly.