Fre­quent Gloomy Sun­day screen­ings now in the past

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Christchur­ch has come to the end of a cin­e­matic era – Gloomy Sun­day will no longer be screened ev­ery night.

The Christchur­ch cinema owner who showed the Ger­man movie for nearly 10 years says he will no longer host reg­u­lar screen­ings.

Rod­ney Cook screened the film ev­ery night at the Academy cinema in the Arts Cen­tre un­til it was closed af­ter the Fe­bru­ary 2011 earth­quake.

The film was just a few months short of its 10th an­niver­sary on Christchur­ch screens when the Fe­bru­ary quake hit.

Cook aims to open a three­screen cinema in The Colombo mall in Sy­den­ham by Christ­mas.

He said he would not have enough screens in the new cinema to show Gloomy Sun­day ev­ery night.

‘‘I think we will do the odd Sun­day screening for a bit of fun,’’ he said. ‘‘We might do some screen­ings again, but I would love catchup.

‘‘There are so many art­house films that didn’t come to Christchur­ch or were only on for a week.’’

Cook lost the Metro Gold cinema in the Fe­bru­ary 2011 quake and has been evicted from the cine­mas at the quake-dam­aged Arts Cen­tre.

The Can­ter­bury quakes hit the art­house movie scene hard, with the Rialto clos­ing, the Re­gent de­mol­ished and Cook’s three cine­mas out of ac­tion.

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