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Built in 1922, Balmoral’s heritage-listed Capitol is Auckland’s second oldest cinema. Renovated most recently in 2009, the cosy 130-seat cinema is plush with large comfortable seating and original decor.
The Capitol screens the best in new release arthouse films together with upmarket commercial releases, regular special film events and festivals.
The cinema is licensed and supports local wines, craft beers, a selection of imported brands, six different types of gin and a range of sodas and tonic water. The candy bar also offers hand-rolled, organic Little Island ice creams.
Getting Here, Map & Parking
There is free street parking available near the cinema on Rocklands Ave and on Wiremu Street. Alternatively, there is a paid Secure Parking lot behind the cinema (in the old Warehouse car park).
If you're bussing to the Capitol, the 25B and 25L stops right outside and the OuterLink and 650 stop nearby on Balmoral Road.
Tickets are discounted on Mondays and Tuesdays. Discounts are available at all times for seniors, students and children.
The Capitol opened in 1922 as one of Auckland's most luxurious cinematic destinations. From the late 1980s it was run by local businessman Charley Gray (known then as "Charlie Gray's") and later became a Bollywood-only theatre. After a closure, it was re-opened in 2009 by the Lido Cinema group. In 2019, it was again saved by the Bridgway Cinema group. In 2021 it was sold to a local group of film obsessed business people, who have put their money where their heart is.
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