Bringing movies back to The Hollywood

The Hollywood Cinema will be screening 47 films from across the world starting this month.
SARAH ROBERTS/FAIRFAX NZ

The Hollywood Cinema will be screening 47 films from across the world starting this month.

If you're wondering what is going on behind the closed doors of The Hollywood Cinema, ponder no more. 

The 102-year-old theatre in Avondale is about to come alive with the New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF). 

Auckland's first cinema will be one of eight venues across Auckland to screen NZIFF films from July 20 to August 6. 

The Hollywood Cinema will be screening more than 40 films from across the world starting this month. 

Hollywood Cinema owner Matthew Timspon said on the festival's website the cinema aimed to preserve the "cinema-going experience".

Timpson said the cinema's hollowed chamber had seen some of "New Zealand's finest musical talent".

These included Tiny Ruins, Lawrence Arabia, Aldous Harding, Nadia Reid and the Jean-Paul Sartre Experience.

The Hollywood Cinema was sold in 2015.

The theatre's previous owner Mark Matheson had bought it for $247,000 in 1993.

A Wurlitzer that took up two rooms at The Hollywood Cinema was not included in the sale.

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For more information on the film festival and to find out more about the venues go to www.nziff.co.nz.  

Other venues included ASB Waterfront Theatre and cinemas at Manukau and Westgate will also be returning to NZIFF for 2017.

 - Stuff

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