Lumière Cinemas are delighted to gift-wrap the totally unique occasion of what it means to go the cinema for you personally. Between us we have 40 years of experience dedicated to the moving image and how it’s delivered to you. If you think that cinema is the world’s 20th century campfire, well, let us tell you that we intend to take cinema-goers on a tour of 80 lounges of the world. A departure for all ages to meditate in, the Lumière will present, engaging, contemplative, sometimes confrontational films covering all genres from cult, foreign language to gripping documentaries, re-issue’s and film festivals.
Two cinemas, (named the Bernhardt and Bardot screens) housed within the West Lecture Block of the beloved Christchurch Arts Centre, form the luscious backdrop right across the road from the majestic Botanical Gardens in Rolleston Avenue.
Along with the Bijou Bar, the Lumière will be a mecca for cinephiles with an array of craft beers and a bespoke wine collection. Rounding off are Cheeseboards, Rollickin’ Gelato’s, She Chocolate bridged with the Lyttelton Coffee Company’s aromatics...
Whether fair or foul weather, let us take you on a trip of a lifetime…
Tip of the hat,
~ Nick Paris / Max Hoffman

We are a boutique cinema located in the Arts Centre's West Lecture building. Lumière has two theatres – The Bernhardt seating 72 and The Bardot which seats 42. We feature state-of-the-art technology with vintage ambiance, luxurious seating and a focus on service.

Accessible Entrance

On the ground floor situated in the South Quad entrance of the Arts Centre ( next to Cellar Door) plus accessible via our Main Entrance courtyard in Rolleston Avenue a lift is available for your use at the Lumiere.  All of our cinemas have access, and are wheelchair friendly. Our Berhardt screen has one allocated area at the rear of the cinema whilst the Bardot screen has it’s allocated area at the front by the convenient exit. Please take the lift to Level 1 to enter the Lumiere Box Office area. We are always available to assist by calling 03 365 0066 in advance. 
Two mobility parks are situated in the Arts Centre carpark entrance off Hereford street plus 3 parks in Rolleston Avenue just outside the cinema (east-side)

Assistive Listening

Both our cinemas are fitted with assistive listening devices, which are suitable for people with hearing aids. Please enquire at the Lumiere Box Office for the use of our head-set(s).

Lumiere opening hours

The Lumiere is open everyday except Christmas Day, Doors are open from 30 minutes before the first session until 30 minutes after the start of the final session.


Find us at 26 Rolleston Avenue Christchurch New Zealand.
Postal Address PO Box 337, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
Phone 03 365 0066
Email info@lumierecinemas.co.nz
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