Mayfair Theatre Kaikoura

Mayfair Theatre Kaikoura

Cafe Encounter Kaikoura, 96 Esplanade, 7300 Kaikoura

Kaikoura's community owned Art Deco Theatre, built in 1935. Note: Due to the November 2016 Kaikoura earthquake, The Mayfair is temporarily closed - in the mean time, check out the Mobile Mayfair movies which are generally screened on Friday evenings (6pm) at Cafe Encounter, located at 96 Esplanade. Full Details


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A fantastic community owned and run 1930′s art deco building screening the latest blockbusters and popular movies. Also available for hire for functions, weddings and performances.

Kaikoura’s Mayfair Theatre was a purpose built theatre built in 1935, we have the framed original plan on the wall in the foyer. It has survived over the years through the help of the community and is run today by a manager and overseen by a committee of volunteers who help out on a regular basis.

Our seats are lovely and comfortable; generously donated to us by the Cook family from the Art Centre Cinema in Christchurch. The theatre has been painted inside and out in recent times and the Art Deco effect has been preserved.

As of November 21st, 2013 we are running a new 3D projector and have welcomed the Mayfair into the 21st century! It's taken a great initiative from the community to raise the money to allow us to accomplish this amazing task. We'd like to thank everyone who has donated either time and/or money to achieve this goal. If you'd like to support us with a donation please email us at: