Life without cinemas continues in Auckland and the Waikato whilst COVID lingers. Auckland has already cancelled its part in the 2021 NZ International Film Festival and uncertainty remains about the Hamilton leg, due to begin on November 11.
In the meantime, another cinema closes--this time in the Coromandel holiday town of Whangamata. Whether it is due to COVID or not is not clear, as owner Ron Slater has been signalling his retirement for some time.There seem to be new owners but it is also not clear whether the building will continue as a cinema. I hope so.
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.