Cinema re-opening brings our community groups together

Happy new year to all our North Shore movie-going supporters! We have now been open for three months and what a whirlwind it's been getting everything set up and working for the greatest experience possible.  Thank you to everyone who has come along and supported us so far; we've enjoyed meeting you. Thank you also for the very positive comments and the reviews on Facebook and Google. You are obviously enjoying the big screen movie experience and our newly refurbished space. We really appreciate your kind words and positive feedback for our staff as well.

We have been fortunate to host lots of other experiences too, like birthday parties, corporate functions, school groups, sports teams and special interest groups. It's great to see all the different ways our community has come together to experience our space and share a movie.
If you are still wondering about coming to the movies, then here's some ideas…
Besties & Bubbles is every Tuesday evening, with tickets on sale all the time through the website or box office. See any movie starting from 5pm onwards, and your $20 ticket covers your movie and a glass of bubbles, which could be Prosecco, cider, beer or a soft drink. It's a great way to see friends, either straight from work, or a bit later on, and sit in our lounge to share some time and a drink together before your movie starts.
Milford Bowling club members have been testing our Coffee & Cake Club over the last month. It’s based on the historical idea of a coffee morning, where it is a social event at which coffee and tea is served. So, from Monday to Thursday, for every movie that starts before 11am we do a special $15 adult movie ticket which also includes a hot beverage and biscuit or slice. The cinema is open from 9.30am, giving you plenty of time to be social, and if you haven't been in our café area recently, you’ll find it's a great place to share a coffee and people watch as well.
If you are holding an event or party, please get in touch as we've had a number of different hires since opening. We've really enjoyed hosting birthday parties; watching guests enthralled that the whole cinema is just for them is a delight. We also hosted the fabulous learners and staff of Albany Junior High School for their end of year treat; all the energy and enthusiasm they brought with them really rubbed off on us. Other bookings included a favourite movie request for Godzilla and a fan request for I Wanna Dance with Somebody. We also have a friends and family group regularly booking a whole cinema just to come together and watch a movie. At Christmas we got in three films – Wonderful Life, Holiday Inn and Wizard of Oz – because some regulars asked if we could show them. Takapuna Grammar School Rowing team got their squads and supporters together to watch The Boys in the Boat. The junior members from Mairangi Bay Surf Life Saving Club booked a surfing movie, while their parents and coaches had some social time in our lounge bar. Also making use of our AV equipment was Westlake Boys High School Cycling team and New Zealand Hockey for their own presentations, with catering included. It's been fun meeting these groups and tailoring each experience to suit. Each group has been different and each time we have received great feedback.
Having a Party Room space has been a real bonus for us. Being able to host groups before the movie has meant everyone is on time and all the hassle of cleaning up and shifting locations during the day is taken care of. Sharing food together, opening presents and blowing out candles in your own decorated space wraps up a celebration in style.
And for those who need a business space our separate room is great for 10-12 people, or the café for hot spotting.
Takapuna Beachside Cinemas shows the latest movies but we are also looking to screen anniversary specials, bring back favourites from 60 years ago (when the movie theatre was called the Gaiety), from 35 years ago (The Tudor), and 20th anniversary movies from back when it was The Berkley. We also want to set up a classics movie group. If you are keen to see this established, get in touch with us, and tell us what you want. Or perhaps it’s something of special interest such as Big Wave Gaurdians (surfing) or Legend Has It (ski and snowboarding). Whatever your interest, we'd love to hear from you. On the horizon are more music-based movies and documentaries, such as concert screenings, opera and ballet.
And if you aren't sure what you want to watch, or when you want to watch it, but you know someone who loves the movies, we have gift vouchers available. Load them with enough money for a movie or two, or even enough for a whole cinema!
Get in touch with us now so we can sort out your next cinema experience. With Valentines just round the corner, you could hire a favourite movie and a cinema for a special proposal?

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Issue 149 February 2024