As you look around you will find items collected from theatres that have closed. From the Empire Theatre, Te Awamutu, came the ticket counter, the entrance doors and the ticket box inside Cinema 3, the emergency exit doors in the Regent and the decorative window outside Cinema 2.
The double (love) seat and the three seater (outside Cinema 2) come from a theatre in Christchurch.
The ticket boxes are from the Carlton and Regent, Hamilton, Empress, Te Kuiti, and the Regent Matamata.
From the Regent Theatre, Hamilton, are the exit lights and banisters in Cinema 1 and one of the easel display boards in the lobby (the other comes from the Embassy, Hamilton).
The lounge chairs in the lobby are from the Majestic, Wellington. Other seats come from the Regent, Dannevirke (1919), the Civic, Auckland (1929), His Majesty's, Auckland (possibly 1912) and the two extra large seats in Cinema 1 came from one of J C Williamson's Regent “The Theatre Beautifuls”. Note the J C W and R on the end plates.
The Ernemann IV projector was made in Dresden, Germany, in 1938 and served all its working life at the Meteor Theatre, Palmerston North (about 35 years). The arc lamphouse on the projector is a Hi Central which came out towards the end of the 50's and was a copy of the famous Peerless Magnarc. The wall lights in Cinema 1 and the chandelier in Cinema 2 came from the Cameo, Grey Lynn (1929). The large glass display boards in the lobby were from the Lanzana, Te Kuiti, originally from the Regent, Matamata. Other display boards were from the Lanzana. The chandeliers in Cinema 1 were originals from this theatre.
The various posters and photos on display date back from the mid 50s.
Lights in the lobby came from the New Central, Papatoetoe and the lounge suite in the same place was originally made for this theatre by Clark and McMillan.
The sweets and ice cream trays were from the Kerridge Odeon chain of cinemas.
We hope you enjoy these articles from the past, for the future.
Special thanks to Ronald Donovan for the restoration of various pieces