A Wellington icon, leading attraction and symbol of the city’s proud history of film, the Roxy Cinema can be found right in the heart of New Zealand’s filmmaking capital as well as in the hearts of its locals.
But it is not just a cinema, says Roxy event and marketing manager Carole Tredrea, “It is an experience.”
After an extensive $6 million rebuild, the Roxy reopened its doors in 2011 to bring back the romance and magic of cinema to Wellington, as well as providing a social meeting place diverse enough to include both casual relaxing space and world-class dining.
With authentic art deco design, incredible sculptures and beautiful art, the accolades soon followed, including a Gold Award at the New Zealand Commercial Projects Awards in 2013, and ‘Best Cinema in New Zealand’ at the 68th Australian International Movie Convention.
Beginning life nearly 90 years ago as the Capitol Theatre, showing silent films and later converting to ‘talkies’, the complex now offers two state-of-the-art, luxury cinemas and the sumptuous Coco restaurant, whose interior features were designed by the extraordinary team at Weta Workshop. “With such unique, vintage-inspired surroundings, Coco is a great dining destination renowned for a social atmosphere and vibrant service,” says Carole.
Coco head chef Nic Spicer and his team present a menu that focuses on local, seasonal ingredients and specialities aligned to the “wonderful” Wellington weather, or even the most recent flick or old classic. Their signature tasting plate selection, the Peninsular Platter, is a popular option.
“Coco is a refreshing choice, providing a slightly different take on the Wellington dining experience,” says Nic. “The all-day menu, which is driven by an exploration of global flavours, caters to the lingering conversationalist and the after-work filmgoer.”
Top baristas and experienced bar staff are on hand, so whether you’re seeking the perfect morning coffee or an inspirational evening cocktail creation, the quality is always second to none. Coffee and counter food are available all day, with the kitchen kicking into life at 11am for the Matinee Lunch menu until 4pm, followed by the Features Dinner menu from 4pm to 9pm.
With such a nostalgic past, coupled with its unique modern-day refurbishment, the Roxy is a Wellington experience not to be missed. A busy schedule of events and happenings, the latest film offerings and fabulous dining at Coco keep Roxy life diverse and fun. So whether you’re a local or a visitor to the capital, make sure the Roxy is on your calendar for a dose of real Wellington history and hospitality.