ABOUT & CONTACT, Central Cinema
ABOUT & CONTACT
Welcome to Central Cinema, Alexandra
Our boutique cinema has forty comfortable stadium seats, state-of-the-art digital projection and the highest quality sound and vision.
We are community owned and operated, a not-for-profit incorporated society, managed and run by volunteers who manage most of the day-to-day cinema tasks. Thanks to their help we are delighted to be able to offer high quality and current films to people in Central Otago.
Our movies screen in the Otago Daily Times Theatre, which is a multipurpose facility for educational, cultural and cinematic experiences located in the pavilion at the rear of Alexandra’s museum, Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery.
Central Cinema is currently operating under Covid 19 level 2. Patrons must wear masks in the foyer and sign in. Seating is limited to ensure safe social distancing. We have excellent ventilation and air conditioning and follow safe hygeine practices. Please stay home if you are unwell.
Central Cinema is run by the community for the community. We are always on the look out for new volunteers to help with ticketing, screening (free movies!) and all the other jobs associated with running a cinema. Be involved as much or as little as you like, and in a way that fits in with your schedule. Full training is given. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
if you are interested in learning more. (PS You must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to volunteer for a role that involves interacting with our customers).
Find Us & Contact
Find us at 21 Centennial Avenue (behind the Museim), Alexandra 9320
||$10.00 (15 and under)
|Adults accompanying children
||$10.00 (at school holiday matiness)
|Groups - 15 and more
|Groups - 25 and more
|NT Live Events
|Online booking fee
Sam Neill, Patron
“Going to the Movies! That’s a different experience than watching the telly, or going online. We come together. We share the experience. We are a real audience. And a community without a cinema is the poorer for it. That is why I support Central Cinema. We need it; we need cinema; we are a community.”
~Sam Neill, Patron, Central Cinema
Sponsors & Supporters
Central Cinema Inc. (CCI) was established as an Incorporated Society in 2006. The following year we started screening movies from The Orchard Garden (a restaurant on the outskirts of Alexandra) on a monthly basis. A year later, when we could see that people really did value and were supporting the cinema, we started screening three times weekly from a meeting room at Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery in the centre of Alexandra.
In 2007 we joined forces with Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery, and the Central Cultural Centre Trust (the group that then owned the Central Stories building) to develop the old and unused sports pavilion overlooking Pioneer Park into a multi-purpose community theatre which could be used for film, lectures, drama, music, poetry readings, student education, corporate functions and so forth. Extensive fundraising took place over the next few years culminating in the completion of a 40 seat boutique theatre and ancillary rooms in March 2013.
Support from our members, cinema-goers and many funding organisations meant we were able to purchase the latest state-of-the-art projection and sound equipment so that we can screen films in all formats – 2D / 3D DCP’s (the replacement for 35mm reels), e-cinema, art house movies, children’s features, documentaries, DVDs etc.