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“Don't do it!”
Review of Paradiso Cinema

Paradiso Cinema
Ranked #1 of 7 Fun & Games in Wanaka
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

Imagine hundreds of careless people spilling drinks and food on your sofa upholstery and never cleaning it...will never ever repeat the skin crawling experience.

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Reviewed December 28, 2012

The seats were rather cool! We booked just minutes before the movie started but were surprised to find a small crowd of about 10 patrons. Maybe it was a weekday afternoon.

Thank smNg09
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Reviewed December 27, 2012

The Hobbit seemed like the perfect movie to see during our short stay in Wanaka just before Christmas. We headed down early (expecting a crowd!) and had a light dinner before heading into the movie. The only down side for me was the lineup and wait at the door. I had very swollen ankles and knees from a long tramp we had just completed and the wait nearly did my head in! I imagine when the crowd is smaller this isn't an issue.

The seats are a mix of old lounge chairs, second hand theatre chairs, business class plane seats, the front of a car and other bits and pieces. It is quirky and interesting and entirely comfortable during the movie. The intermission during such a long movie is very welcome and you could tell it was coming by the wafting smell of freshly baked cookies! Most people preorder their cookie or interval meal (you can even have it brought into the cinema during the movie). I would recommend preordering because they went quick and it was hard to resist the smell! I ended up with one of their home made icecreams instead, which was good.

Overall it was a great way to see a movie and I would definitely recommend a visit if you are staying in Wanaka!

Thank Donna G
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Reviewed December 23, 2012 via mobile

Just caught the 1.15pm movie (The Hobbit) on this day, 23 Dec 2012. It was wonderful! You can choose any seat from a wide range of comfy sofas, arm chairs etc... The whole place is not too big, cosy and... the movie starts promptly! You can carry your tray of pizza and drinks in too. Do get the hot chocolate chip cookie at the cafe outside. Itz delicious! But i think the flavour is only available during the intermission. I like the fact that there was an intermission, at least for toilet breaks n snacks, the casual and relaxed interior of the cinema, the friendly staff at the cafe outside, the hot cookie and the crunching n munching of snacks while watching a movie. This is how movies should be enjoyed ... A must visit, especially my fellow countrymen, as this is not something we have back home....

1  Thank Lisa P
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Reviewed December 19, 2012

For those used to multi-plex cinemas Paradiso might come as a shock. On entering the auditorium you get to choose your seat from what looks like a miscellaneous collection of 2nd-hand multi-plex cinema seats, couches, and even a cutaway Morris Minor car. Then halfway through the 'blockbuster' movie the film just stops dead for 25 mins and everyone piles out for cookies, beer, burgers or popcorn - or all of that - before resuming for the 2nd half. Fun nevertheless, and memorable.

Thank Twasthatgood
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