Tainui will join with Hoyts Cinemas to build a multi-million dollar cinema complex in the Waikato creating 80 new jobs and giving a boost to the local economy.
Due to open in 2011, the new Hamilton cinema, will offer more than 1300 seats, six digital movie screens all with digital 3D capabilities, an Xtremescreen, food emporium and concept cinema and bar.
Hoyts General Manager Brian Eldridge says the new complex at The Base shopping centre will be the first purpose built, fully digitalized movie venue in New Zealand and the company is pleased to be launching the new ‘premium cinema concept’ experience in the Waikato.
The Te Rapa venue will also include an auditorium for large screen shows, conferences, private functions and sporting entertainment with a fully licensed bar close by, says Eldridge.
“We’re excited to be creating such a unique and innovative offering to the Waikato and look forward to working with Tainui Group Holdings (TGH), owners of The Base, to give the local region a cinema complex which would rival anything found internationally.”
Eldridge says the new cinema is the first of Hoyts’ concept cinemas and there are plans to develop more nationwide.
Tainui Group Holdings Chief Executive Mike Pohio says creating a new benchmark for cinema entertainment is consistent with TGH’s goal of creating a market leading region facility that will continue to attract people and operators in Hamilton.
Entertainment seekers wanting a step up in movie experiences will be able to do so with the provision of 143 La Premiere seats and a gourmet selection of wines, antipasto, pizzas and ice-cream from the food emporium.