ABOUT US & CONTACT


Location  Hokitika's Regent Theatre is in the very heart of the town's central business district.

Find us at 23 Weld St, Hokitika 7810 on the Weld St - Tancred St corner.

Parking   For the nearest long term parking head west a few 100 metres on Tancred St toward the river. There is usually parking available once you cross Hamilton St. After 5pm parking restrictions do not apply and you can park as close as you can get to the Theatre. 

Phone (03) 755 - 8101     Email manager@hokitikaregent.com


About Our Theatre

Hokitika's Regent Theatre is a heritage building in the heart of town and the hearts of the community and has been for over 80 years.

The theatre was built in 1935 and opened in early 1936. It was built in a streamline art deco style, one of many New Zealand cinemas built in the heyday of movie going. It ran as a commercial concern until dwindling attendances in the 1970s with competition from TV made it unprofitable. Fortunately the owners sold it in 1979 to what is now Westland Community Centre Incorporated, a society dedicated to owing and running the Regent for the benefit of the Hokitika and district community.

The society continued to run films and live events in the Regent but by 2006 was increasingly struggling with costs of maintaining and improving the building in the face of continuing dwindling attendances. The theatre was put on the market for sale and would likely have been converted to retail. But the with threat of losing the theatre the community rallied round the society with a huge refurbishment and re-equipping effort. The theatre has been revitalised with over 100,000 hour of volunteer time, over $2 million in grants, and with generous sponsorship of goods and services.

In many ways Hokitika's Regent Theatre is our Town Hall. It is used not just for cinema but for local and touring live shows; Anzac Day; Community Christmas Carols; big meetings; conferences; live screening of things like the Rugby World Cup; America's Cup and the Melbourne Cup; school prize givings and performances; book launches; dance recitals; and fund raisers There are over 25,000 visits to the theatre each year, working out at an average of over 7 visits per resident. There are many visitors too who also come to the Regent to see a new release movie or show in this wonderful heritage building.

The day to day operation and the continuous improvement programme is run by a mix of paid staff, volunteers and where needed specialised contractors.

Refurbishment has been done with the guidance of a Conservation Plan to ensure its heritage features are looked after. The building has been given modern strengthening; weatherproofed, insulated; equipped with a fire detection and alarm system and fire sprinklers; and new heating and ventilation system, and repainted inside and out in the original colour scheme. The seats have been repaired and reupholstered; carpets laid; the stage has been equipped with a roll down screen, new drapes and a modular extension system; there is new cinema and live sound equipment; and a new performance lighting grid.

Movies are shown in the main theatre with close to 400 seats and in the more intimate 17 seater Reynolds Room. Both theatres have projection gear capable of showing all the latest movies on the day they are release in the big cities. In fact Hokitika's Regent was one of only 13 cinemas in New Zealand that could show Avatar in 3D when it was released in late 2009. It was such a big thing that people came from far and wide to see it – 5500 viewers in a town of just 3400 people.


Despite its successes the Regent still struggles for its operational costs and needs ongoing help from the community and visitors. You can help by donations (tax deductible); by becoming a society member; or helping as a volunteer on the building or with events.

MAKE A DONATION 
We run on the “smell of an oily rag” so cash donations are always very much appreciated. You can donate and the front desk or by emailing us at manager@hokiitkaregent.com. Donations are tax deductible for NZ taxpayers. 


JOIN US AS A MEMBER
For just $15 a year you can become a member of the Westland Community Centre Incorporated, the society that owns and runs the Theatre on behalf of the community. We will send you notices of the benefits, particularly about events and movies, by email or text. Call in and pick up a membership form or send an email to manager@hokitikaregent.com and we'll send one out to you.


BECOME A VOLUNTEER
We always need more helpers and you'd be very welcome to join the ranks of our valued volunteers. Send an email to manager@hokitikaregent.com detailing any special skills you are able to help us out with – maybe painting or cleaning, building and repairs, ushering at events - whatever you think may be of assistance, and we'll be in touch.