A guide to the best arthouse cinemas

Enjoy a cinematic outing that will see you avoid the movie-going masses.

The prospect of enduring a dramatisation whose plot line revolves around an inbred pack of rabid vampires, or vehicles that metamorphose into alien fighting machines – all the while bound to a synthetic chaise laced with all sorts of sticky substances – usually isn’t enough to draw us from the comfort of our wintry abodes. An excursion to any of the following boutique cinemas offering a number of welcome amenities and alternative viewing choices however, could be enough to entice you.

ACADEMY CINEMAS AUCKLAND, CBD
This cinema maintains its arthouse atmosphere screening a well-curated selection of international and locally made films and documentaries. In the foyer you’ll find a well stocked bar serving chilled beer and boutique wines, as well as fresh, organic fair-trade coffee. Comfort factor: 4/5

THE LIDO, EPSOM
A well patronised theatre located in the heart of Epsom, the lido is no secret as a popular choice for dedicated movie-goers. Screening a great selection of acclaimed films and documentaries, booking tickets here is a breeze and there’s a licensed bar to complete your social visit. Comfort factor: 4/5

THE BRIDGEWAY, NORTHCOTE
A vibrant cinema showing both arthouse and commercial new releases. As a result of their proximity, The Bridgeway has collaborated with The Engine Room to allow for scheduled meal sittings before or after your film. This ‘dinner and a movie’ combination is the perfect winter date. Comfort factor 4/5

DOROTHY BROWN’S CINEMA & BAR, ARROWTOWN
The perfect après-ski activity, this luxury cinema shows all genres of film. The fully licensed on-site bar also boasts a Gibbston valley cheese platter that can be enjoyed in front of the open fire or on the sunny balcony with views overlooking Arrowtown. Comfort factor: 5/5

CAPITOL CINEMA, BALMORAL
Recently acquired and lovingly restored by the Lido cinema operators, the Capitol is as quaint and curious as movie-going gets. A single screen schedule means you have to be flexible with what you’re prepared see and when, but once inside your compromises are quickly forgotten thanks to the beautifully snug interior. Comfort factor: 4/5

THE VIC, DEVONPORT
This theatre lends a historical aspect to your cinematic outing. With three heritage theatres ranging in size, the plight of The Victoria Theatre is certainly one that makes your spectatorship worthwhile. The theatre screens a range of popular releases from blockbusters to romantic comedies. Comfort factor: 2/5

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