Christchurch’s newest boutique cinemas

Situated in the Arts Centre’s West Lecture building, Lumière will have two theatres, state-of-the-art technology, vintage ambience, luxurious seating and a focus on service.

If you’re on this page you’re probably either a refugee of the Netflix generation or someone who want a tactile experience with the moving image.

Our garden of early delights will sprout two intimate auditoria within the West Lecture Block at the Arts Centre on Rolleston Avenue in Christchurch.

You can expect an exciting apothecary of film to the left and right of the divide, a beatnik film house, a museum for classical pieces and new wave creations, festival, independent, foreign and everything else we feel fits the spectrum of delivering a night to remember.

The Arts Centre in Christchurch hosted the first real attempt at cultivating and creating a discerning village for Art House cinema, and we are thrilled to once again to return to those headwaters…

 

The Arts Centre te Matatiki Toi Ora

The West Lecture building opened in 1917 and housed Canterbury College’s largest lecture theatre. It was originally used mainly by the history department and for public lectures, but later it contained the women’s common room.

The cinema, combined with other Arts Centre offerings, will offer a complete entertainment and leisure experience that combines film, food and beverage, and special events that create a complete “night out” experience for audiences.

In the School of Art, the neighbouring building, which is also part of the first stage of the Arts Centre te Matatiki Toi Ora’s restoration, there will be office spaces, as well as community spaces for hire at subsidised rates.

The Arts Centre te Matatiki Toi Ora, is a precious taonga with a rich heritage as a centre for education, arts, culture and creativity dating back to 1877 when it housed Canterbury College (now the University of Canterbury). It also originally housed Christchurch Girls’ High School and Christchurch Boys’ High School.

Since 1978 it has been the Arts Centre, an independent charitable trust for the people of Canterbury and its visitors. It is now under the Arts Centre of Christchurch Trust Act 2015, an act of Parliament.

It is the largest collection of category one heritage buildings in New Zealand (21 buildings).

Many of the historic buildings at the Arts Centre were significantly damaged during the February 2011 earthquake.

The centre’s $290 million restoration programme is the largest of its type in the world. It is anticipated it will take a total of 10 years.

The centre is being progressively re-opened to the public and so far, 11 of the 23 buildings are open. Tremendous progress has been made and momentum, to date, has been strong.

The centre’s restored buildings are significant landmarks and attractions, as well as platforms for modern activities and experiences, including education, boutique retailers, eateries, galleries and museums. It is home to more than 25 organisations.

Though the Arts Centre received a reasonable insurance settlement after the Canterbury earthquakes, the cost of carrying out both earthquake strengthening and restoration using heritage materials and traditional techniques is very expensive (around $25,000 per square metre).