The final movie screening at Dunedin's Hoyts cinema tonight
is the same movie that screened when the cinema opened 20
Jurassic Park will be privately screened to past and present
The cinema closes tonight and decommissioning will begin
tomorrow. When Hoyts' lease expires, Reading Entertainment
will take over and refurbish the building.
Former Hoyts Dunedin projectionist Jarrod Blay said he would
attend the final screening. He recalled the cinema being
''crazy'' on the opening day in 1993.
Hoyts' Dunedin manager, Mandie Watson, said many of the 35
Hoyts Dunedin staff cried about the cinema closing and being
They could not afford to wait for the new cinema to open to
Hoyts' New Zealand general manager of operations, Matthew
Garelli, said the company was ''definitely looking'' at
opening another cinema in Dunedin.
Reading Entertainment managing director Wayne Smith said from
Melbourne that, in an ''ideal world'', the company would open
the new cinema early next year.
''There's an extensive construction re-fit to take place over
several months, as the complex is being completely remodelled
from top to bottom.''
Metro Cinema owner John Wilson said that he was accepting
Hoyts vouchers and would be screening more mainstream movies.
Rialto Cinemas spokeswoman Lily Richards said Rialto Cinemas
Dunedin would continue to play a wide range of films, but
they could have a shorter run than usual.