A tale of two cinemas

by Lindsay Shelton
A second cinema has been affected by city council actions (or lack of them). Read more »

How many council staff are needed to change the Embassy’s light bulbs?

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Lights out at the Embassy since last month

by Lindsay Shelton
I didn’t want to tell a bad joke for a third time. So I gave the council a third chance to show that it could replace some faulty light bulbs. But it’s been unable to do the job. Read more »

Hepburn, Astaire, Herzog, Kazan – all in Autumn Events at the Embassy

News from NZIFF
Astaire. Brando. Hepburn. Herzog. Miyazaki. Orson Welles. NZIFF presents legends of the giant screen in five fabulous film events at the Embassy this Autumn. Read more »

$100 a seat for Hobbit premiere at Embassy; fund-raiser for marine centre

Press Release – Roadshow Film Distributors
The public and avid Hobbit fans will have the opportunity to buy tickets to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug at the New Zealand Charity Gala Premiere on December 9 at The Embassy Theatre in Wellington. Read more »

Visual artist Memo Atken stars at Wellington’s Semi-Permanent

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Report for Wellington.Scoop by Stephen Olsen
Memo Akten – born in Istanbul, living in London and currently honeymooning in New Zealand – was a star turn at the Semi-Permanent’s second two-day annual event in Wellington this weekend. Read more »

Design guru talks with Te Radar at Semi-Permanent

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Report and photo by Stephen Olsen
Semi-Permanent drawcard Matt Checkowski in conversation with MC Te Radar at The Embassy yesterday. Read more »

The premiere of a film from 30 years ago, and the debut of a teenage star

by Lindsay Shelton
The past and the future coincided on Friday in Wellington at the opening screenings of the NZ International Film Festival. Read more »

Standing ovation for 90-year-old Island Bay nun after film festival premiere

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Sister Loyola (with flowers) after the film festival premiere. Photo by Stephen Olsen

by Stephen Olsen
There was a standing ovation today for a ninety-year-old Island Bay nun after a documentary film about her life had premiered at the NZ International Film Festival in the Embassy Theatre. Read more »

Film Festival announces its 42nd annual Wellington programme

News from NZIFF
The full programme for the New Zealand International Film Festival in Wellington was announced tonight. Read more »

How many council staff are needed to change a light bulb?

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by Lindsay Shelton
The Wellington City Council has owned the Embassy Theatre for years. So why can’t it fix the lights? Read more »

26 SCOOP IMAGES: Hobbit world premiere brings 20,000 to Courtenay Place


Courtenay Place at 6pm, seen from the top floor of the Embassy

Wellington.Scoop
More than 20,000 people crowded into Courtenay Place this afternoon to watch the guests walking on the red carpet for the world premiere of The Hobbit, the first film in Peter Jackson’s new Tolkien trilogy. Read more »

Our history lost, and rediscovered

by Lindsay Shelton
This little building has sat in Buckle Street for almost 100 years. It’s part of our city’s heritage, and has links back to the early days of European settlement. Yet preparations are being made to push it off its original site. Read more »

SCOOP IMAGES: Two storeys high – a giant Gandalf arrives at the Embassy

Wellington.Scoop
A Gandalf two storeys high is now standing on the verandah in front of the Embassy Theatre, ready for the world premiere of the first film in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy. Read more »

Elegant new bar opens in Embassy Theatre, in time for 41st film festival

Press Release – Embassy Theatre
Wellington’s newest bar, The Black Sparrow, opens in the Embassy Theatre today. Although it takes its name from an avant-garde 1960s publisher, the bar harks back to a time when black tie, silk dresses and the cocktail reigned supreme. Read more »

The building (and money) which the council forgot

Wellington.Scoop
All through the Rugby World Cup, the two billboards on top of the Embassy Theatre were promoting Wellington’s annual film festival. But the festival had ended before the tournament began. And now, more than 12 weeks after the festival screened its last film, the billboards are still stuck in a time warp. Read more »

Film festival premiering all Cannes award winners; programme now online

Media release from NZ International Film Festival
The full Wellington programme for the New Zealand International Film Festival is now online. This year’s event will celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the film festival in Wellington. Read more »

Harry Potter midnight sessions sold out at the Embassy

Press Release – Event Cinemas
Harry Potter fans are flocking to the midnight screenings of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part Two according to EVENT Cinemas.

General Manager of EVENT Cinemas, Jane Hastings says Potter fans seem to be at their strongest in Wellington, Hamilton and Auckland where the midnight sessions are sold out or close to it.

“Both our IMAX theatre in Auckland and The Embassy in Wellington have sold out their midnight sessions with over 1000 tickets sold to these two screenings alone”

EVENT Cinemas are bringing back Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part One playing the movie immediately prior to the midnight sessions allowing Potter fans to refresh their memories and savour the whole final book experience on screen.

Mrs Hastings says the movie will be shown across their different types of theatres on opening weekend including 2 and 3D, IMAX, Gold Class and the recently opened Vmax in St Lukes, Auckland.

“Happy Potter has galvanised people of all ages, this is not just about children and family fans, it is a phenomenon that has gripped generations around the world, which is why we are even scheduling early breakfast sessions in Auckland and Wellington to cater for people wanting to see the movie before they go to work.”

EVENT Cinemas say several of their cinemas in Auckland and The Embassy in Wellington will show the movie at 6.30am.

“Based on sales from previous Harry Potter movies we know this will be just as huge. We are running 24 hour back to back sessions of the latest release in our Queen Street complex which is a first plus Queen Street will be playing all of the earlier Harry Potter films as part of a six week countdown to the opening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part Two, which will open 12.01am on 14 July.”

For more information or tickets go to www.eventcinemas.co.nz

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Five international directors at film festival

Wellington.Scoop
Directors from the United States and Australia are among the filmmaker guests who will be introducing screenings of their new films at the New Zealand International Film Festival which begins its season in Wellington today. Details of the visitors are: Read more »

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