Intimate boutique theatre near completion

by Brendon McMahon

The final touches to the Reynolds Room Art House Theatre, inside the Hokitika Regent, are being put in place, with an official opening soon.
The unfinished boutique theatre began showing films in December, with temporary seating before a more permanent arrangement.
Regent Theatre manager Kyle Scott said purpose-built pavilion style padded seating had now arrived, offering punters an elevated view. The existing leather arm chairs would remain below.
The entire room is due to receive blackout drapes, mood lighting and wall art to add to the intimate ambience being promoted through the little picture theatre.
Mr Scott said the idea was to provide an alternative and comfortable venue for niche ‘art house’ style film shows, which did not always attract a “mainstream” audience to the main theatre.
The art house cinema is set up in a way which retains flexibility to use the room for other occasions. So far, the Reynolds Room cinema has been popular with older people, particularly during wet weather.
“I think it’s been very much appreciated by our movie-goers.”
The theatre had also attracted several bookings for group screenings, for 10 or more people, and there was scope to promote a loyalty scheme, Mr Scott said.
“We hope to set up an art house film club which will offer special viewings and discounted prices.”
Film choice was obviously important in meeting the big theatre overheads and some film shows were more financially worthwhile in the small theatre.