Making a trip to the cinema is a common pastime for Auckland locals and it’s no surprise why. There’s no reason to stay at home when Auckland’s wide selection of cinemas come equipped with state-of-the-art sound systems and enormous screens that make watching the latest cinema release a joy to experience.
It’s no secret that Auckland is home to some of the hippest cinemas in New Zealand which is why we’re often left spoilt for choice. Simply put, we know how difficult it can be when deciding where to see the next big movie that critics and casual cinemagoers alike are raving about. So how do you know which cinema is the best fit for your movie-loving needs? That’s where we come in. Here’s our list of five of the best Auckland cinemas that are bound to impress.
1. Silky Otter Cinema, Ōrākei
For the more boujee moviegoers, we recommend Silky Otter Cinema. The cinema’s cutting-edge laser projection screens have made Silky Otter Cinemas the go-to movie theatres for film fanatics who really appreciate the most advanced cinematic technology.
Auckland is full of trendy bars, but if you’d prefer to relax at the movie theatre before your film starts then don’t hesitate to try out the cinema’s full-service kitchen and bar. Moviegoers can choose from a selection of dishes and enjoy a feast of their choosing all while watching a movie on the big screen. On Mondays, the cinema even offers bottomless popcorn and a movie ticket for just $15.
Get ready to lay back on the sleek leather recliners with your favourite beverage in hand before enjoying the latest blockbuster hit that Hollywood has to offer.
Located at 228 Orakei Road, Orakei, Auckland 1071.
2. The Capitol Cinema, Balmoral
Looking for an arthouse cinema full of charisma and charm? We’ve got you covered. The Capitol Cinema is a popular choice among those who enjoy a more traditional cinema experience. Chandeliers and golden interiors reminiscent of old Hollywood movie theatres can be found throughout the cinema’s old-style lobby which transports visitors back to when the cinema first opened in 1922. Date ideas can often be difficult to come by, but The Capitol Cinema is a great option for those looking for a romantic getaway if only for an hour or two.
The boutique cinema appeals to those who prefer classic movies and independent flicks to commerical blockbusters. In fact, the cinema’s Kiwi Classics Collection allows visitors to enjoy an array of movie classics directed, produced and written by fellow Kiwis.
Find the venue at 610 Dominion Road, Balmoral, Auckland 1041.
3. Lido Cinema, Epsom
Finding things to do on a budget can sometimes be difficult in Auckland. Luckily, Lido Cinema offers an alternative to large commerical cinemas charging ticket prices that can burn a large hole in your pocket. Refurbished in 2020, the movie theatre is a little on the smaller side, but this only adds to the charm of this modest cinematic haven.
The best part about the cinema is the selection of snacks and beverages they have on offer. The fully-licensed bar found in the cinema’s lobby hosts all sorts of refreshments and snacks including an impressive selection of beers and wines. And that’s not even the best part. The cinema’s lobby area comes equipped with a cosy lounge area equipped with super comfy couches that surround a fireplace. The perfect way to relax before your movie begins.
Located at 427 Manukau Road, Epsom, Auckland 1023.
4. Rialto Cinema, Newmarket
Hailed as the largest arthouse movie theatre in Auckland, Rialto Cinema is the perfect place for all you indie movie lovers. The cinema has made it their persional mission to support local directors, actors and filmmakers by hosting regular Film Talk Q&A events, giving film fans the chance to ask any raring questions they have for their favourite budding filmmakers.
Rialto Cinema is particularly accomodating to parents who’d rather save money on a babysitter and bring their baby to cinema with them. The Baby & Me showings take place on the first Friday of every month and admission for adults will set you back $11 per person, but children under 5 years old are welcome to enjoy the delights of the cinema completely free of charge.
Located at 167/169 Broadway, Newmarket, Auckland 1023.
5. The Vic, Devonport
For the romantics among us, The Vic is what you’ve been waiting for. Loctaed in the pictersque area of Devonport, The Vic is the ideal place for a date. We know that thinking of new places to take your date can be difficult, but nothing beats an old-fashioned meetup involving two young sweethearts in front of the big screen.
As far as boutique cinemas go, we think The Vic is one of the most impressive. Think vintage interior, old-fashioned recliners and an ornate show curtain that hides the big screen until the lights turn down. Once you’ve taken your pick from the wide selection of movies that The Vic shows daily, you can sit back, relax and have a choc top or two while enjoying your movie.
Find the venue at 48 Victoria Road, Devonport, Auckland 0624.
Auckland has a lot to offer when it comes to exciting plans with mates or a date, but there’s no better way to enjoy time with loved ones than making a trip to the cinema. From cosy boutique movie theatres to larger commerical cinemas that show blockbusters on the big screen, we’re sure you’ll find the cinema for you in our list.