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“what a diamond!!!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Paradiso Cinema

Paradiso Cinema
Ranked #1 of 7 Fun & Games in Wanaka
Certificate of Excellence
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worcester
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32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“what a diamond!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2014

To celebrate my birthday my daughter rang us on holiday to urge us to visit this cinema whilst we were in Wanaka for a few days. The weather was great and the thought of sitting in a stuffy cinema and missing the sunshine was not appealing but the thought of my daughter telling us off for missing out on such an unusual attraction was even more unappealing. We found the cinema despite it being without any large roadside advertising, but we realised that this was no ordinary cinema when we went inside. Comfortable tables, chairs and settees were everywhere, as this was not just a cinema but also a cafe and bar. But when we went in for the film we were astounded to see comfortable armchairs, settees, large comfortable cinema seats and even 2 vehicles(one a Morris Minor) that you could sit and watch the film in. An interval midway through allowed drinks, ices and a range of goodies to be brought back in for the second half of the film. The most comfortable cinema seat I can remember in the most unusual cinema I have ever been in. What a gem.

Visited February 2014
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Brisbane
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Fun concept and better than your commercial cinema”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2014

We enjoyed it but standing in line 25 min before the movie starts to get the seat we wanted was a drag. Cookies smelled so good at intermission that we just had to buy one.
Would like one of these cinemas back home!

Visited January 2014
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Austin, Texas
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Yummy cookies!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2014

This place is funky, attracts a fun crowd, and sells yummy cookies to enjoy while watching the movie. Definitely check it out while you're in Wanaka!

Visited February 2013
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Quirky great experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2014

An excellent night out, sat in business class type seats at rear of cinema, good view extremely comfortable. We called in the morning and put our name on list, paid for our tickets and were told to arrive 15 minuted before performance and go straight to cinema door, we arrived about 25 minutes early good job as it was extremely busy and it meant we could choose our seats. the best bits were being able to buy freshly cooked cookies and coffee at the interval and take them back to our seats. The worst bit was ten minutes before the end the people queuing for the next showing in the corridor were so noisy we struggled to hear the end of our film, perhaps the management could try to do something about that , there are notices up which people don't seem to take note of. All in all a great night out.

Visited January 2014
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great little cinema”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2014

Paradiso is a legendary little cinema in Wanaka. It has lots of different seats in it. Even an old car, as well as sofas and plane seats. You really have to see a movie there. They have a break in between when you can get the freshly baked cookies or preordered food. Its delicious. When Peter Jackson or another Kiwi producer made a new movie they decorate the top of the cinema. In 2006 it was KingKong sitting on the roof. You have to see it!

Visited February 2013
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