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Map showing The Hollywood Avondale

Amenities

  • Box Office
  • Toilets
  • Food Available

Suitable for Ages

  • Families

Built in 1915, this neo-classical building has had a fascinating history and is the earliest example of cinema in Auckland (there was an earlier building used for movies which was moved next door and remains there to this day). Beginning life as the “Avondale Town Hall”, it has screened movies since day one. From silent movies to today’s digital projection we’ve screened them all.

From 1930 – 1946 we were known as Hayward’s Town Hall Pictures and the cinema was run by the Hayward family who were part of the famous Fuller-Haywards theatre circuit. When Fuller-Haywards was sold to the newly formed Kerridge-Odeon Theatres Ltd in 1946, a second generation of Hayward’s decided to form a new company called Auckland Cinemas Ltd and take over the running of some of the suburban Auckland venues. Included in a circuit of five cinemas was Hayward’s Town Hall Pictures (re-named “The Grosvenor Theatre”).

In 1966 a young man with a big dream took over the running of the cinema (re-naming it yet again to “The Hollywood Cinema”). His name was Jan Grefstad and he was to make the Hollywood his life for the next thirty six years.

Under new management since 2015, The Hollywood Avondale hosts classic, cult, revival and marathon screenings as well as selected concerts and events..

Your local, independent, church of cinema.

Upcoming events at The Hollywood Avondale

Hollie Smith 'Coming In From The Dark' Tour

Hollie Smith 'Coming In From The Dark' Tour

The Hollywood Avondale, Avondale, Auckland

Sat 16 Jul 8:00pm
Singer-Songwriter

23rd Annual 24 Hour Movie Marathon

23rd Annual 24 Hour Movie Marathon

The Hollywood Avondale, Avondale, Auckland

Sat 10 Sep 3:00pm
Film

Anges Obel

Anges Obel

The Hollywood Avondale, Avondale, Auckland

Tue 11 Oct 7:00pm
Singer-Songwriter

Mel Parsons

Mel Parsons

The Hollywood Avondale, Avondale, Auckland

Sat 15 Oct 8:00pm
Folk

Ty Segall & Freedom Band New Zealand Tour 2023

Ty Segall & Freedom Band New Zealand Tour 2023

The Hollywood Avondale, Avondale, Auckland

Thu 2 Feb 2023 8:00pm
Alternative, Indie

Past events at The Hollywood Avondale

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