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  • Chris Waugh, in reply to thegirlstefan,

    Thanks.

    Beijing • Since Jan 2007 • 2152 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Graham,

    I was part of the team that developed the Waiheke Cinema. It was a privilege to work with some great people, Godfrey Hall in particular, who spend hours hunting out and negotiating the purchase of ancient but magnificent projectors. But one thing I will lay claim to was the idea of using donated sofas. And it works a treat, though I note from your photo the standard has improved dramatically from the first couple of years, and that the sleeper sofa seems to have been retired.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 178 posts Report Reply

  • Phil fryer,

    Thanks for that, Ive enjoyed many of them,but i have to say,
    I love what the Helensville theatre has become !

    Laingholm • Since Mar 2011 • 34 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

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    I should add a couple of photos from the Regent in Te Awamutu. Alan Webb has rescued memorabilia from long-closed cinemas from all around New Zealand, and integrated them into the Regent. It is like visiting a living museum. The photo above is an original 1913 box office--now more a metaphor than a physical prresence in NZ cinemas.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2318 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

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    Another photo from Te Awamutu

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2318 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    Intermission ice cream time at Levin's long-vanished Regent. Despite the date range given I reckon it's very early 60s. Patricia with the lovely smile at lower right was in my class at primary.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3559 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Nice one, Joe. A number of cinemas in NZ retain the intermission eg Cinema Paradiso in Wanaka, which serves freshly cooked snacks at the break.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2318 posts Report Reply

  • Alec Morgan, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    The hind quarter numbing length of so many modern movies are perfect for intermissions but they are a no no for most multiplexes who seem to schedule just enough time to scoop up the spilt popcorn between sessions.

    Tokerau Beach • Since Nov 2006 • 105 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand, in reply to Alec Morgan,

    To scoop it up and recycle it? One of the most interesting books ever written by an economist is Richard McKenzie's Why Popcorn Costs So Much At the Movies and Other Pricing Puzzles

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2318 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Must be early 1960s -- the price of the Aulsebrooks' things? would be too much for a decade earlier. And the checked shirt is a teddy boy-influenced haircut.

    I like it; catches the scrum at the counter and all the little playlets going on there.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2608 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    The feature of the Silent Film Festival at the De Luxe in Opotiki this year (September 14-15) is Lon Chaney in the original Phantom of the Opera. Oh, the horror!!! Hope to see some of you there,

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2318 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Looks like it will be going-to-the-movies for a while, now that some low-life burgled our house today and stole our flat screen TV!

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2318 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    bugger

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16772 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

    Oh, damn Geoff, that's a bugger. Hope they didn't take anything else more precious. Well, your TV might be precious, but I mean more personal stuff.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2144 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Doing a presentation on the state of film-going in New Zealand for The Big Screen symposium in Auckand, September 1-2. May draw on a quote or two from here, with proper attribution, of course,

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2318 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Kelvin McKechnie talking about the Geraldine Cinema on National Radio ("Our Place") this afternoon.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2318 posts Report Reply

  • Venetia King,

    Sorry to hear about the burglary Geoff.

    I think most of the cinema-going of my youth was in Queen Street. I remember being awed by the lion statues' glowing eyes and the starry ceiling at the Civic; and how squashed my legs were up the top at the St James (at least I think it was that, could've been the Regent) - and I've got short legs!

    But I did go to the Tudor Takapuna on occasion (I can remember seeing Truly Madly Deeply there, one of the most tear-inducing films ever but still a favourite of mine). I see the Tudor didn't make your list - it didn't have a lot of personality at least in my day and was probably pretty mainstream (www.localhistoryonline.org.nz has an image of it from 1986 with Police Academy 2 advertised over the entrance). It was torn down and replaced by a Berkeley multiplex after my time.

    I remember getting sampler passes for Auckland Film Society screenings in the early 90s before moving to Wellington. I think I managed to catch a series of Aki Kaurismaki films that way, but can't remember where they were shown. Could've been the Academy - I know I went to a few films there back in the day. It felt more grown-up than other cinemas for some reason.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 103 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand, in reply to Venetia King,

    I am focusing on cinemas still operating as there are historians far better than I to record those which have passed on. Kaurismaki, eh? One of my all-time favourite directors. Have you seen Le Havre ?

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2318 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

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    I am focusing on cinemas still operating

    I happened to be outside the Capitol on Dom Rd yesterday and thought of your lovely self Geoff. Here are a few shots for you…

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6269 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

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    Looking back.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6269 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    Many thanks, Sofie. There is something deeply satisfying--almost visceral-- about cinema interiors like these. No wonder they used to call them 'dream palaces'.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2318 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    There is something deeply satisfying–almost visceral– about cinema interiors like these.

    Yes, I love the yesteryear feeling they conjure up.I'll be out by the Lido next week so I'll see what I can manage there :)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6269 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Talking about these cinemas at The Big Screen Symposium this weekend (www.bigscreensymposium.com/), in the "Distribution in the Digital Age" session.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2318 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    oh, and the Bridgeway won the Best Cinema award in New Zealand this year.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2318 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    In their review of my contribution to the "Distribution in the Digital Age" session at The Big Screen Symposium in Auckland this past weekend, Screen Hub News refers to cinemasofnz.info as a 'charming research project'. I don't think I have ever before had my research endeavours described this way. I like it!

    The BSS was a top-notch event.

    Off to the Silent Film Festival in Opotiki on September 14-15th. Chaplin and Lon Chaney feature this year.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2318 posts Report Reply

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