Hoyts Riccarton [2005 - ]
Hoyts Riccarton rooftop entrance

Location: Westfield Mall, Riccarton.
Opening: 23 March 2005.
Screens: Six

Media Release - For Immediate Release Thursday 31 April

The Complete Entertainment Experience At Hoyts Riccarton

Christchurch cinemagoers are now able to experience the utmost in cinema entertainment at the new Hoyts Riccarton cinema complex.

The multi-million dollar Hoyts Riccarton cinema complex is at the hub of the new Rotherham St entertainment area and boasts a number of special features. The new complex houses six cinemas, with seating for almost 1500 people. Cinema five of Hoyts Riccarton - the "Cinemaxx" cinema - is home to the largest purpose built 35mm screen in New Zealand. All cinemas feature the latest in screen and sound technology with plush stadium seating.

Catering to the astute cinemagoer, four of the six cinemas contain luxury seating with side tables, and an in cinema waiter service available offering wine and cheese platters and a range of tapas and desserts.

To complete the cinema entertainment package, before or after a movie, cinemagoers can enjoy a coffee whilst surfing the net at the cinema's Intermission cafe, which hosts Wi-Fi - free wireless internet connection for customers. Kids of all ages can celebrate their birthday in the birthday party room.

Hoyts Cinemas New Zealand Managing Director Stuart McInnes says; "It is a world class cinema viewing environment, perfectly complemented by the broader restaurant, book shop and entertainment precinct at Riccarton."

Hoyts Riccarton is located on Rotherham St in the redeveloped Westfield Riccarton shopping centre. Combined with the location of the cinema, Rotherham St now holds a number of entertainment and leisure choices for the community, all in one area. "Hoyts Riccarton completes the full complement of fashion, entertainment, leisure and mainstream retail activities at Westfield Riccarton for the Christchurch community", says John Widdup, Director of Westfield Group (New Zealand).

Hoyts Riccarton will celebrate its official opening on Saturday 2 April, 2005. Throughout the day, cinema patrons can catch a movie for the special ticket price of $5. In the evening, Hoyts Riccartion will officially open with a red carpet gala charity event and the New Zealand premiere of Robots, attended by Prime Minister Helen Clark. Proceeds from the $5 movie tickets and the gala opening will go to Variety, the Children's Charity.

To coincide with the official opening of Hoyts Riccarton, Westfield Riccarton are holding a Family Fiesta on Rotherham St, from 6.00pm - 9.30pm on Saturday 2 April, 2005, where there will be a number of exciting rides, street performers and a special performance by Goldenhorse.

Hoyts Cinemas are located in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.

Hoyts Riccarton from the rooftop carpark
Hoyts Riccarton from Ground level

During Construction

Cinema Image

After many years of stalled plans for a cinema multiplex as part of mall redevelopment, work started in mid 2004, with steel being put in position for the cinema supports.

Worksite during construction
Worksite during construction
Worksite during construction


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