We are a community owned & operated cinema situated in the upstairs auditorium of the Pahiatua Regent Theatre .Opened by Kerridge Theatres on 23 February 1940 and now owned by the Pahiatua Repertory Society Inc., we are one of only three cinemas operating in the Wairarapa/Tararua region. We are the only cinema in the Tararua District and the only cinema between Masterton & Waipukurau. We are a Registered Charity, with a part-time manager, staffed by volunteers. We have one 8.5 metre CinemaScope screen & seat 113 with stadium style seating. We screen every Thur Fri Sat & Sun with extra sessions during school holidays & when needed. We have projection systems to screen in 35mm film, E-Cinema/digital, & DVD/Blu-ray formats with plans to upgrade to DCP digital projection in the future., We have a Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound system with assistive listening via wireless stereo headphones for patrons with impaired hearing.

Both the Upstairs cinema and the Downstairs Theatre are available for private bookings and fundraiser events.

In August 2011 we launched a fundraising project to completely refurbish our cinema auditorium and to upgrade our projection system to digital. Comfortable new seats have recently been installed and the walls are now lined with acoustic panels and drapes, which improves not only the appearance but also greatly improves the digital sound quality. We are also very pleased to announce that thanks to a very generous grant from the Waireka Community Trust we can now offer patrons with a disability or in a wheelchair or mobility scooter easy and safe access to our upstairs auditorium via a lift from the cinema foyer. Our latest news (at 16th December 2014) is that we have been granted funding to the tune of $80,000 form the Central Energy Trust which will enable us to go ahead with the transition to a fully compliant DCP 3D digital projection system. Our plan is to have this system up and running by the end of February 2015. The process of fund-raising for up-grading the auditorium is continuing.

If you would like to find out more about our up-grade project or you would like to support this project, or join our volunteers group please email us at: or phone the manager on 06 376 8441.


  • Coming Soon: MY OLD LADY

    24 December at 00:56 from atlas

    My Old Lady A drama-comedy in which Mathias Gold (Kevin Kline) is a down-on-his-luck New Yorker who inherits a Parisian apartment ...


    21 December at 00:00 from atlas

    Pahiatua's Regent Theatre to Up-grade to Digital 3D.... Even though it will be a little late, the residents of Pahiatua will be able ...

  • Coming Soon: THE HOBBIT- The Battle of The Five Armies in 3D

    15 December at 23:11 from atlas

    Pending the installation of our new digital 3D projection system, we hope to screen part 3 of The Hobbit trilogy in 3D in late ...

  • Coming Soon: PRIDE

    6 October at 13:13 from atlas

    SCREENS: Thurs 12th Feb at 2pm & 5.30pm; Fri 13th Feb at 7.30pm; Sun 15th Feb at 7pm; Fri 20 Feb at 7.30pm. The drama/comedy ...


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Address 64 Main Street
Pahiatua Pahiatua
Phone 06 376 8607 or 8441
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The cinema is open 30 minutes before each session