I am putting together plans to visit as many South Island cinemas as possible, beginning in Christchurch and following a circuitous route, in early December. There are places I haven't been back to for a year or two, and some new places.
As I no longer have any university support to help my endeavours, such opportunities to travel are infrequent and need to make the most efficient use of time--so, I plan to visit more than 20 cinemas in eight days.
A further update (December 20): an organised trip around the South Island, which entailed much driving (and detours, due to road closures), resulted in visits to 28 cinemas in 8 days . There were places we did not get to (Akaroa, Takaka, Te Anau, Dunedin) but we pretty much covered the South. Updates of cinema listings will begin shortly.
I was particularly pleased to get to see several cinemas I had been unable to get to until now--such as Roxburgh and Gore.
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.