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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.

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Upcoming events at The Hollywood Avondale

Swinging Sixties: Double Feature

Swinging Sixties: Double Feature

The Hollywood Avondale, Avondale, Auckland

Sun 27 Feb 3:45pm – more dates
Film

Live Live Cinema: Night of the Living Dead

Live Live Cinema: Night of the Living Dead

The Hollywood Avondale, Avondale, Auckland

Thu 17 Mar 7:00pm – more dates
Theatre

Anthonie Tonnon - Leave Love Out Of This Album Release Tour

Anthonie Tonnon - Leave Love Out Of This Album Release Tour

The Hollywood Avondale, Avondale, Auckland

Sun 3 Apr 7:30pm
Alternative, Indie

Ladyhawke 'Time Flies' Tour

Ladyhawke 'Time Flies' Tour

The Hollywood Avondale, Avondale, Auckland

Fri 22 Apr 8:00pm
Pop

The Big Bike Film Night 2022

The Big Bike Film Night 2022

The Hollywood Avondale, Avondale, Auckland

Thu 5 May 7:00pm
Cycling

Joan As Police Woman

Joan As Police Woman

The Hollywood Avondale, Avondale, Auckland

Sat 11 Jun 8:00pm
Alternative, Indie

Past events at The Hollywood Avondale

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