About

 

We wish to make your visit here a very special experience in every way, from the surprise of arrival, the programming, the catering and even the cost, which we endeavour to keep special as well!

The vision of a private cinema was born over 35 years ago when an already fast-growing collection of cinema memorabilia and films arrived and was housed in what is now Time Cinema. Enquiries from those who had already become aware that a film show could be possible here generated somewhat of a demand that soon escalated to the point where improvements to match the enthusiasm that was being generated needed to be put in place. The collection of movie equipment has grown with the years, aided to a great extent by enthusiastic visitors who have felt that their old cameras and other gear should be turned over to our care as custodians. So now, the efforts to keep on improving continue as we are ever needing to find space, storage and showcasing to adequately meet the need to preserve what is rapidly starting to become history, that of the early days of film and the methods by which it was exhibited.


We wish to make your visit here a very special experience in every way, from the surprise of arrival, the programming, the catering and even the cost, which we endeavor to keep special as well!

Numbers


We can seat up to 39 in the cinema itself and this involves the use of an extra front row which is removable for the accommodation of wheelchairs. Without the use of this row, there are 31 fixed seats, and this is a number that has proved ideal when catering supplied by us requires the use of the tables and chairs available here.

Catering


You are welcome to bring your own and use our supervised kitchen facilities. Oven and microwave are available, as are our services to assist where required. We can supply crockery, glassware, platters, bowls, plates, cutlery etc. all of which are processed after use as required by the terms of our WCC Health Licence. Alternatively, we can supply various forms of catering that vary from just coffee, tea and biscuits, through to a nibbles menu, a lunch, and a light evening meal.

Planning


To have the most desired day and time, you need to plan as far ahead as possible to fit with our availability, and too, with those of your group, organisation or guests etc who may already be filling spaces in their diaries up to 8 weeks or more ahead. Fundraisers need to pre-sell and receive payment for their tickets, keeping in mind that under these circumstances it would be unusual for refunds to be required as their outlay would be considered in most cases to be a donation.

Programming


Our own library of titles allows for a very wide choice of feature and short film material, almost totally of a classic/nostalgia nature and mainly prior to the 1980’s. Suggestions of a feature film title from organisers is welcomed, and where possible, we will accommodate this or offer a close alternative. Where this proves to be a difficulty, and on confirmation of a booking, we can supply a short list of several hundred suggestions. We have a very large number of short film subjects, including newsreels, comedies, local and NZ nostalgia, pictorials etc, and a normal start to our programme includes some old commercials and the ‘Queen’. Selection of this material can fit with a birthday occasion, group interests, etc. etc.