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Address: The Colombo, 363 Colombo Street | Sydenham, Christchurch, New Zealand
Phone Number: 03-377-9911
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Quirky little cinema

Quirky little place. We arrived for an early evening showing. The cinema is small with a friendly atmosphere. Don't expect popcorn, this is more upmarket with traditional bagged... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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69 reviews 69 reviews
10 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Quirky little place. We arrived for an early evening showing. The cinema is small with a friendly atmosphere. Don't expect popcorn, this is more upmarket with traditional bagged sweets, coffee, wine and beers,and service to match. It apparently goes down well with the older folks of which there were many in attendance, so dont take kids. It made for a... More 

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Ashburton, New Zealand
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

It was pretty busy when we visited but the staff were friendly and patient! Loved all the vintage Hollywood photos decorating the place and the small cinema sizes provided a comfortable setting. Would definitely come back again

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

The cinema itself is modern, fresh and very well decorated. The service was excellent. The cinema seats are very comfortable. Overall, a five star experience.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Small theatres, easy online booking and seat selection. Can relax with a wine and watch decent movies. A much better experience than the larger shopping mall cinema chains. A great asset to the rebuilding Christchurch.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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43 reviews 43 reviews
27 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We have been to this theatre a couple of times now, for some less mainstream movies. It is very inviting, and you can book and pay online, selecting your seats, before picking up the tickets on arrival which I find convenient (don't need to printout a ticket, handy if travelling - they just ask for the name on the booking).... More 

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Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
30 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This is a wonderful art house cinema founded by the late Rodney Cook and now managed by his family. Originally based at the Arts Centre it was relocated after premises were damaged by the Christchurch earthquakes. There a several theatres running concurrently which offers a choice of top international movies. A must visit.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I love the movies shown at this theatre and seating is very comfortable and cosy. My friend and I often go to this theatre.

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London, United Kingdom
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82 reviews 82 reviews
50 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

I went to see a film which turned out to be long and I got bored but my seat was great, really comfortable. I'm short and can get a painful shoulder if I'm seated for a long time but this did not happen here! Spacious too. Staff friendly

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Great selection of movies, popular and art genres. Based at theColombo Mall in Sydenham. Reminds me of the old theatres we lost at the Arts Centre

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Love thus little theatre. Great coffee and always has great movies. Not the blockbuster movies, just the ones worth watching!

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