The­atre cur­tain goes up

Central Leader - - News - By Carly Tawhiao

A lit­tle bit of lux­ury has landed in Bal­moral with the re­open­ing of the Capi­tol The­atre movie cin­ema.

The the­atre, which pre­vi­ously show­cased Bol­ly­wood movies, was closed late last year for restora­tion.

It opened last week and will now screen a se­lec­tion of in­de­pen­dent movies.

The­atre owner Richard Dal­ton says while the open­ing was orig­i­nally marked down for early April, it had to be post­poned be­cause of de­lays in sourc­ing fur­nish­ings and com­pli­ance sig­noffs.

“We wanted to open in con­junc­tion with the Topp Twins movie which pre­miered last month but missed out so it’s kind of tricky open­ing up in the mid­dle of a sea­son screen­ing.”

Now that the fresh gold paint on the in­tri­cate plas­ter­ing has had time to dry, the venue is screen­ing up to five ses­sions of the film daily.

Mr Dal­ton says the en­tire movie ex­pe­ri­ence has al­ways ap­pealed to him, even be­fore he left his life as an ac­coun­tant in Eng­land to man­age cin­e­mas in Auck­land more than 12 years ago.

“I’ve al­ways had a taste for it, it was just a mat­ter of find­ing my feet. Now I’ve hardly got time to sit down and en­joy the films.”

The Green­lane res­i­dent is cer­tainly ex­pe­ri­enced now, hav­ing started the pop­u­lar Lido Cin­ema in Ep­som al­most eight years ago.

The Lido has since been voted Auck­land’s best cin­ema for five con­sec­u­tive years.

“What we play here will be sim­i­lar to what we play at the Lido, but not as soft,” says Mr Dal­ton.

The Capi­tol The­atre orig­i­nally opened in 1923 and has had a rich and var­ied past.

It cur­rently shares its roof with an in­door rock-climb­ing ven­ture. The wall scaled by climbers was the the­atre’s orig­i­nal screen wall for an au­di­ence of 900.

Now the mez­za­nine is all that re­mains of the the­atre, pro­vid­ing an in­ti­mate and comfortable film-haven for up to 130 peo­ple.

“It’s just beau­ti­ful. One of the ma­jor at­trac­tions of the Bal­moral area for me is the Asian in­flu­ence. It’s got a com­mu­nity and a whole buzz which I love.”

For in­for­ma­tion con­tact 623-2000 or visit the web­site www.capi­tol­cin­ema.co.nz.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Movie magic: Capi­tol The­atre owner Richard Dal­ton is pleased to fi­nally have the re­fur­bished Bal­moral movie cin­ema up and run­ning.

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