Nik Dirga features the Academy and Hollywood cinemas and other Auckland art house cinemas, in an article "Cinema Paradiso" in the Canvas magazine.
The Crooked Mile ....
Update on progress: September 2019
I have been working on this site in wake of the re-design: updating information; identifying and remedying glitches. One significant problem I have identified is that all information on West Coast cinemas (Greymouth, Reefton, Westport and Hokitika) was lost in the transition to the new site. This means I will have to travel down there as soon as I can, to ensure these important places are included. Indeed, it was the now-closed Crooked Mile Talking Pictures cinema in Hokitika which inspired the first iteration of this site (see photo above).
Also, the Cinema of the Month feature (with the Lumiere in Christchurch as first entry) will be unchanged for little while longer, as I attend to other matters.
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.