A New Waterfront Venue for NZIFF

The New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) expands to the Wynyard Quarter in 2017 with the ASB Waterfront Theatre now equipped for the annual event’s screenings

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The New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) expands to the Wynyard Quarter in 2017 with the ASB Waterfront Theatre now equipped for the annual event’s screenings.

The 668-seat theatre will be the first venue in New Zealand to be using Digital Laser Cinema Projector Technology, supplied by NEC NZ. Audio will be delivered using a bespoke 5.1 cinema surround sound system which has been designed, supplied and installed by Bartons Sound Systems, in collaboration with NEC NZ.

The venue is one of four venues in the CBD, and one of seven across Auckland that will screen NZIFF films from 20 July to 6 August.

“We’re excited to expand our offering into Auckland’s innovation hub at the Wynyard Quarter. The theatre will be a superb place to watch a movie and we’re sure the bar, café and restaurant will prove super-attractive to festival-goers. NZIFF is totally at home in the CBD and committed to keeping our entire programme available to patrons there. This new location stays close to our other three CBD venues: it is on the City Link bus route, and only a brisk walk down the hill from The Civic, Event Cinemas and the Academy Cinemas,” says NZIFF Director Bill Gosden.

The inaugural NZIFF screening at the ASB Waterfront Theatre will be on Friday 21 July. Tickets for the event will go on sale from 30 June.

“We are excited to add the New Zealand International Film Festival to the programme of high quality cultural activities taking place at the ASB Waterfront Theatre. It will help add even further to the life and vitality of the waterfront for Aucklanders to enjoy and indeed all visitors to the city,” says Lester McGrath, Chief Executive, Auckland Theatre Company.

Funding for the installation of the cinema equipment was secured by Waterfront Theatre Trust working in partnership with NZIFF.

The ASB Waterfront Theatre is a purpose-built performing arts venue and the new home of Auckland Theatre Company (ATC). The Foundation Partners of the ASB Waterfront Theatre are Auckland Council, ASB Bank and AUT. Major funders include Creative New Zealand and Foundation North. Significant support was provide by benefactors and donors. The project funders are Edmiston Trust, The Lion Foundation and Lotto NZ. The Founding Corporate Partners are Kensington Swan and Villa Maria Estate, and Platinum Corporate Partners are Cooper and Company, ECC Limited and Moller Architects. Panuku Development Auckland and ATC are Project Partners.

NZIFF is run by a charitable trust and encourages lively interactions between films, filmmakers and New Zealand audiences in 13 towns and cities around the country. The full NZIFF programme will be available from Tuesday 27 June for Auckland, and Friday 30 June for Wellington. NZIFF starts in Auckland on 20 July and in Wellington from 28 July in 2017.

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For further information about NZIFF or to arrange an interview with Director Bill Gosden please contact:

Communications Manager, Rebecca McMillan, 0274 555 061 rebecca@nziff.co.nz

Auckland Publicist, Liv Young, 021 808 736 aucklandpublicist@nziff.co.nz

For further information about ASB Waterfront Theatre please contact:

Siobhan Waterhouse from Mr. Fahrenheit Publicity on 022 126 4149 or Siobhan@mrfahrenheit.nz

 

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Notes about the Venue

The ASB Waterfront Theatre is located at 138 Halsey St, Wynyard Quarter, and comprising a 668-seat, state-of-the-art theatre, bar, café and gallery/events space, the ASB Waterfront Theatre is a purpose-built venue and the new home of Auckland Theatre Company (ATC). 

The ASB Waterfront Theatre is adjacent to the ASB North Wharf building in the heart of Auckland’s science and innovation precinct, the Wynyard Quarter.

The ASB Waterfront Theatre Café will be open daily for breakfast and lunch, coffee and snacks from 7am to 5pm (9am – 4pm public holidays). The Cafe offers free WiFi.

Cinema Installation

The ASB Waterfront Theatre will be the first venue in New Zealand to be using Digital Laser Cinema Projector Technology, from NEC. Being a digital cinema laser projector there is no need for a dedicated projection booth as the fan audible noise is a  <47dB making it a perfect solution for the ASB Waterfront Theatre.

Audio will be delivered using a bespoke 5.1 cinema surround sound system has been designed, supplied and installed by Bartons Sound Systems, in collaboration with NEC NZ and Fraser Falconer.

Most modern cinemas are simple rectangular boxes, whereas this is an intricate fan shaped room, with balconies and sound reflectors. That meant the conventional surround speaker layout had to be carefully redesigned to provide coverage where required, without clashing with architectural elements and sight lines. 

With the assistance of Caldwell Levesque and Hawkins, over 1000m of additional installed speaker cabling (dedicated to the cinema surround sound system) has been retrofitted by Bartons into the cedar wall panelling and ceilings. The work was completed within a tight window of opportunity, ahead of time.

Transport facts

We encourage you to use public transport, walk or ride down to ASB Waterfront Theatre from The Civic, Event Cinemas Queens Street, and Academy Cinemas.

Bus

Take the Red Bus Link loop down Queen Street to the Wynyard Quarter. There is a stop on Jellicoe St which is about 500m from the theatre. More information at: https://at.govt.nz/bus-train-ferry/bus-services/link-bus-service/  

The closest stop to the Wynyard Quarter is 185 Fanshawe Street. From here Wynyard Quarter is a 5-minute walk down Halsey Street. For information about buses to surrounding areas visit Auckland Transport.

Walking from Britomart

From Britomart, Wynyard Quarter is a short 10-minute walk down Quay Street, on to Te Wero Island and across the new Wynyard Crossing bridge.

Ferry

From the main Ferry terminals, Wynyard Quarter is a short 10-minute walk down Quay Street, on to Te Wero Island and across the new Wynyard Crossing bridge. Visit the Fullers website for more information on Ferry schedules.

 

Driving

From Fanshawe Street take either Halsey or Beaumont Street onto Jellicoe Street.

 

Parking

If you’re driving through Downtown Auckland, the Downtown Car Park is the most convenient - 31 Customs Street West. After you’ve parked, cross the air bridge at level 2 to get into the Viaduct and cross Te Wero bridge to get into the Wynyard Quarter.

 

Generally, there are around 2,500 car parks within approximately eleven minutes walk of the theatre. These are located around Wynyard Quarter, Auckland Viaduct and the CBD.

Carpark location                              Spaces Distance Time to Walk

Hamer St Car Park (ASB)                130        400m     5mins

These parks must be pre-booked through ASB Waterfront Theatre and are only available for evening and weekend screenings.

Jellicoe Street Car Park 140        300m     3mins

The entrance is on the Corner of Beaumont and Jellicoe Streets. The first hour is free. From Monday to Saturday, subsequent hours are $6/hour for a maximum of four hours, and on Sundays subsequent hours are $2 for a maximum of four hours.

Down Town Car Park                      1922      750m     8mins

Fanshawe Street Car Park             509        900m     11mins