Auckland crew listen up! In some hugely exciting news, it’s been revealed that Ponsonby is (finally) getting a cinema complex all of its own for the first time in more than 50 years, and it’ll be of the luxury boutique variety that we absolutely stan.
Two years after opening the first Silky Otter in Ōrākei Bay Village, plans are afoot to bring the decadent cinema experience to the heart of Ponsonby and to say we’re excited would be an understatement. A large part of the ground floor in the new area of Ponsonby Central currently being built and due to be completed in early 2022, will soon be home to a four-screen luxury boutique cinema complex, and as if that’s not enough, the word on the street is that chocolate darlings Miann will also be opening a store in the existing building with more to be announced. Score!
While it remains to be seen whether they’ll be bringing their Monday bottomless popcorn night to this location (fingers crossed!), you can absolutely expect the same top-notch food and local wines and beer (and hopefully they’ll be scooping Lewis Road Creamery here too) all brought to your luxe leather recliner during the film.
“The success of our Ōrākei site has shown that there is still an appetite for the big screen in Aotearoa,” says Silky Otter CEO Neil Lambert. “People want that immersive experience, an independent cinema that delivers the best of mainstream, arthouse and film festival content, and crucially, comfort.”
And the rest of the country needn't miss out with a Silky Otter opening in Wigram, Christchurch this month and Richmond, Nelson this coming summer.
We’ll be sure to keep you up to date with developments as they come. What a time to be alive.
What: Silky Otter Ponsonby
Where: The new Ponsonby Central
When: Opening early 2022
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Image credit: Silky Otter