A contractor fills a skip with material from the former Hoyts cinema in Dunedin yesterday. Photo by Craig Baxter.
As the former Hoyts' cinema in the Octagon is stripped by
contractors, the future tenants have already started asking
prospective staff to get in touch.
Hoyts' New Zealand general manager of operations, Matthew
Garelli, said contractors were on target to have the
decommissioning of the Dunedin Hoyts cinema finished by the
time Hoyts' lease expired on September 23.
The building needed to be returned to the state it was in
when Hoyts signed the lease in 1993.
The decommissioning included the removal of seats and
carpets, he said.
Hoyts had no immediate plans to open another cinema in
''We don't have anything on the table. A few things have come
across - people have offered us a few things - but there has
been nothing that would be suitable for what we are looking
at,'' Mr Garelli said.
Reading Entertainment managing director Wayne Smith, of
Melbourne, said the company, which would take over the lease
and refurbish the building, was in the design process.
He said it had some ''exciting'' plans for the cinema
Reading Entertainment had already begun advertising jobs on
''We need a full complement of staff for Dunedin and, to get
the ball rolling, I'd requested our team to put a contact
prompt on our website so people interested can send us their
More details on the jobs would be made available in ''a month
or two'', he said.