Academy Cinemas

Auckland Public Library, Lorne St, Auckland 1010
Dinky twin-screen boutique cinema in the heart of Auckland City, specialising in arthouse and independent film.

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About Academy Cinemas

Contact & About

Tucked underneath Auckland’s Central Library, the Academy Cinema offers a multiplex antidote specialising in independent, foreign, cult and documentary movies. Its licensed candy bar includes the boutique beans of Eighthirty coffee and Kapiti ice cream, alongside craft beers, local wines and cocktails. The Academy has two theatres - a 210-seater and a mini 16-seater, both with Dolby Digital.

Getting Here, Map & Parking

There are a multitude of parking buildings within easy walking distance. The Academy recommends The Civic carpark on Greys Ave. Also near by are Wilsons on Kitchener Street and the Victoria Street carpark.

If you're bussing, the 25, 85, 101, 802 and 923 stop nearby. Or, very close on Queen Street are the 30, 82, 295, 309, 802 and 923.

If you're on the train, get off at Britomart. It's a 10 minute walk up Queen Street from there.


$5 Wednesdays
All movies on Wednesdays are 5 bucks (excludes special screenings and NZIFF).

Discounts are available for Film Society members, Industry Guild members (WIFT, the Screen Directors Guild, New Zealand Writers Guild, Techo's Guild, Actor's Equity), Moving Image Centre members, Community Services Card holders, students, seniors and children.


Started by John and Heather Hart in 1982, the Academy has always broken new ground in providing the public with films they wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to see.

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