ABOUT, Regent Greymouth
|Child Up to and including Y8
|Senior (Over 65yrs)
|Family Pass (2adults 2 children)
* For 3D classes - purchase reusable glasses for $2.50
Phone 03 768 0920
Click on your preferred session time. This will take you through a seat selection process which enables you to select your own seats.
For this service there is outside charges.
Please present your credit card used to make the booking when picking up your tickets from the front counter or the confirmation/booking number given.
OVER THE COUNTER
For any scheduled movie or live show, seat reservations available for all sessions – choose you own seat at the counter or by booking live online.
Advance sales generally available from Tuesday each week for the week beginning Thursday.
The Regent Theatre Greymouth opened in February 1935. Construction started in 1933 on the site formerly occupied by a merchants warehouse It was the latest addition to the JC Williamson Picture Corporation’s chain of theatres that extended from Whangarei to Invercargill. Constructed of steel and reinforced concrete, it claimed to be absolutely earthquake resisting. In an article in the Grey Star from February 1935 it states “In the event of a tremor making itself felt, patrons may “sit tight” with confidence that the walls will not come tumbling about their ears. The architect, Mr Llewellyn Williams, of Wellington has had special experience in this type of construction, having recently been responsible for the design of several new theatres in Napier and Hastings”. Westland Theatres Ltd were the owners of the building and was leased to JC Williamson Picture Corporation. The interior of the theatre was decorated by Mr H Dreyfeldt of Wellington and of special note was the carpet supplied by Ballantynes of Christchurch.
The John Burns store was added shortly after construction.
Kerridge Odeon owned other venues in Greymouth, which included the Opera House. In the mid 1950’s new projection for movies were introduced and eventually the medium arrived in new Zealand. Cinemascope and Wide screen could not fit into the Opera House because of stage width problems. The Regent was on the list to have its new screen and projectors, but at that time Amalgamated theatres were the only ones changing to ‘scope’ and as they did not have a theatre on the coast; it seemed the coast would miss out. At that time the Regent Hokitika was screening Cinemascope to many people and a large number from Greymouth. About six months later the Opera House got a new screen to show Cinemascope movies. When it was destroyed by fire on Sunday feb 9th 1958, it was replaced with the St James.
In the meantime while the new St James was being built, cinema was reintroduced back to the Regent. The first movie to screen under the new policy was “High Society” which starred the late Grace Kelly.
The Greymouth operatic Society was formed in 1945, and they have used the Regent theatre for many successful performances.
The Regent continued to have good patronage through until at least the late sixties. Locals saw the Regent as having “Class” with an option of “de-luxe seating” (two front rows of the circle were slightly dearer than the ordinary circle seats) Many locals had permanent reserves, that is the same seat in the same row every Friday and Saturday night for years. In the 1950’s and 1960’s dances were held after the movies. Movies were even shown on Sunday after 8.30pm after church services were over.
In 1972 the theatre was sold to Matai Industries, who gutted the interior and the building was used as a metal ware factory.
The West Coast Theatre Trust was formed to purchase the Regent Theatre building in 1975 after the failure of Matai Industries – after much unsuccessful lobbying of the Borough council, purchase price of $42,250 was raised.
When the Trust purchased the building, Kerridge were still running movies at the St James Cinema and a caveat was in place that no movies could be screened for twenty years.
The theatre was used for live shows from 1975, with the first show being the Greymouth Operatic Societies production of “Oliver”.
The Public Relations Office moved into the building in 1975 and an ongoing relationship was formed.
In the ensuing years redevelopment was undertaken of the Foyer, Regency Room and the Trowbridge room was built.
The St James closed in 1987, and the Regent Theatre again screened movies fulltime from the 17th December. Redevelopment & improvements to the facilities have been ongoing, including new projectors, seats and screens.
In 2010 the Trust embarked on a redevelopment project for the Theatre, this included two purpose built cinemas, which open December 2010.
2014 seen a new feature for the Regent with the McBride's opening Ferrari's Lounge Bar in the foyer, taking over from the space vacated by the Greymouth i Site. The theatre has continued strong growth under the current management with many live shows, school performances and of course the latest blockbuster films all proving to be popular.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Standard Terms and Conditions for The Regent Theatre Greymouth/West Coast Theatre Trust (“The Theatre”) Promotions.
- By entering the competition or promotion, each entrant will be deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions and to have agreed to be bound by them.
- Failure to supply all requested personal information at the time of submitting an entry might result on the entry being invalid.
- No responsibility will be taken for late/lost/misdirected mail, incomplete entries or entries with incorrect postage. Entries will be deemed to be void if stolen, forged, mutilated or tampered with in any way.
- Only one entry by text, online, post or email will be accepted per promotional code as per the competition advertisement.
- By entering the competition winners agree to their names being published and to be photographed and/or interviewed by The Theatre or the promoter and that the promoter may use their names and such photographs and/or interviews for publicity purposes.
- The prizes are not transferable or exchangeable and cannot be redeemed for cash.
- All prizes are subject to standard terms and conditions of the company supplying the prizes.
- Full details of the prize will be given in writing upon request.
- Only entries received by the closing date specified in the advertisement will be accepted.
- Winners will be drawn on Theatre’s premises, Cnr Mackay & Herbert Streets, Greymouth.
- Winners will be notified as specified in the advertisement.
- If the prize winner cannot be contacted within three (3) days, at Theatre’s option that winner will forfeit the prize with no right of compensation and the prize will be redrawn.
- Subject to any applicable law which cannot be excluded, the Theatre and their employees are not responsible for any loss or damage whatsoever that is suffered (including but not limited to indirect or consequential loss) or for personal injury suffered or sustained during the course of accepting or using the prizes.
- Entry is open to New Zealand residents only. Employees of The Theatre are not eligible to enter these promotions.
- The decision of judges in relation to any aspect of the competition is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
- All entries become the property of The Theatre and may be used for promotional and marketing purposes or passed onto a third party involved in the promotion for their marketing purposes.
- Under the Privacy Act 1993, all individuals have the right to access and correct their personal information by contacting The Theatre in writing to The Regent Theatre Greymouth, corner Herbert & Mackay Sts, Greymouth, 7805.