We are a community owned & operated cinema situated in the upstairs auditorium of the Pahiatua Regent Theatre .Opened by Kerridge Theatres 75 years ago on 23 February 1940 and now owned by the Pahiatua Repertory Society Inc., we are one of 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 full CinemaScope screen & seat 113 with stadium style seating and wheelchair access. We screen every Thur Fri Sat & Sun with extra sessions during school holidays & when needed.

We have a fully automated Christie Solaria CP2215 Digital projection system with a Doremi Showvault server holding 2 terabytes of storage. We can also screen in & DVD/Blu-ray formats or via a laptop. We have a Volfoni Infra-red, active-shutter 3D system . Our Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound system has assistive listening via wireless stereo headphones for patrons with impaired hearing.

Both the Upstairs Cinema and the Downstairs Theatre are available for private bookings, hiring and fundraiser events.

In August 2011 we launched a successful fundraising project to completely refurbish our cinema auditorium and to upgrade our projection system to digital. Comfortable new seats were installed and the walls lined with acoustic panels and drapes, which improves not only the appearance but also greatly improves the digital sound quality. Also, 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. In December 2014 we were granted funding of $80,000 from the Central Energy Trust which enabled us to go ahead with the transition to a fully compliant DCP 3D digital projection system. All screenings are now in full high definition digital format.

The process of fund-raising for up-grading the auditorium is continuing.

If you would like to find out more about our on-going 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.


  • HURRY! Final session: FIFTY SHADES OF GREY

    25 February at 22:54 from atlas

    SCREENS: Finally Thurs 2 April at 5.30pm. When Anastasia Steele, a literature student, goes to interview the wealthy Christian Grey ...

  • HURRY! Final sessions: WILD

    21 February at 20:32 from atlas

    SCREENS: Sun 29 March at 7pm; Finally Thurs 2nd April at 2pm. With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, ...

  • Opens Easter Sunday: THE VATICAN MUSEUMS 3D

    21 February at 20:18 from atlas

    For 3 sessions only: Easter Sunday 2pm & 7pm;  Sun 12th April at 7pm.

  • Opens Easter Saturday: PADDINGTON

    24 December at 00:56 from atlas

    SCREENS:  Easter Saturday at 2pm; Easter Monday at 2pm; Finally Tuesday 7th April at 2pm. A young Peruvian bear with a passion ...

  • Next Attraction: The Divergent Series: INSURGENT 3D

    6 October at 13:13 from atlas

    OPENS: Good Friday 3rd April at 7.30pm.  Then on: Easter Saturday at 7.30pm; Easter Monday at 5.30pm; Thurs 9th April at 5.30pm; ...


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Address 64 Main Street
Pahiatua Pahiatua
Phone 06 376 8607 or 8441
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Opening hours

The cinema is open 30 minutes before each session