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Movies the way they were meant to be seen......and a place to meet, connect, unwind & belong.

The iconic Island Bay landmark has been fully restored and rejuvenated, and now you are invited to indulge your senses in a new, unique and high quality entertainment experience! The old auditorium, which last saw the flicker of a movie projector in 1963, has been completely refurbished and converted into three boutique cinemas.

The new Empire Cinema and Café will change the way you watch movies forever.

  • You'll lounge - literally, in the enveloping luxury of a comfortable sofa . Settle back and relax!
  • Each cinema holds between 49 and 65 people. It's friendly and cosy, with plenty of arm & legspace  and room alongside each sofa for your coffee, wine or a snack!
  • Enjoy the 'White Room' - our gallery featuring local artists
  • There are no traffic hassles getting to and from the door, and there's plenty of free parking nearby


2D/Regular film prices are:

 Adult - $17.00

Child - $12.90

Student - $14.00

Senior – $13.50

Before 6:00pm on weekdays (excluding public holidays) - $12.00

3D prices are as follows,

Adult - $19.00

Child - $14.50

Stud/Sen - $16.00

3D Glasses have an additional cost of $2.50 but once purchased can be used again and again.

Before 6:00pm on weekdays (excluding public holidays) - $14.50

  We also offer a range of family discounts.


A fully licensed café offers great coffee, fine wines and delicious food. Just follow the smell of real coffee and edible treats!

Weekly 'Empire Infants' sessions on Tuesday and Thursday* (*excluding school holidays) and $12 movie tickets if you are a Empire Cinema newsletter subscriber and you see a film on a weekday before 6pm.

Empire's movie schedule reflects the preferences of the movie-loving Wellingtonian. We show movies for families, art house titles and mainstream blockbusters.

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Whatever your taste, the Empire Cinema & Cafe will bring you back to the movies!

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