Sunday, 2 May 2010

Miramar Cinema renovation is in full swing

Update : "Peter Jackson" has been changed to "Sir Peter Jackson". :)
The old theatre building in Miramar that is owned by Sir Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor, and Jamie Selkirk, is finally being renovated. It looks like Jamie Selkirk's prediction for a September 2010 opening might be pushed back by six months though!

In September last year, NewsWire reported that the opening would be around September 2010. However, in March this year, the the Wellingtonian quoted Jamie Selkirk that "...[the Wgtn council's building-]consent takes longer than you think", and estimates to be six months behind schedule as a result. That would be mean a March 2011 opening then.
The nature of the work has meant the almost complete demolishion of the rear of the building, leaving only the facade up. It currently looks like this:

Compare that with this photo from September 2009, and it's clear how much work has already been done:

The two shops/art galleries at the base of the building have been emptied, of course. I'll keep a close eye on the building - if anything changes I'll update it here.

  - Jack M


  1. It is pleasing to see that they are leaving the old shop front intact. Progress is good , but not at the expense of a city's history. Look at how the same attitude has been extremely beneficial to Napier ,for example.

    By the way shouldn't it be Sir Peter Jackson...

  2. Ah, good point! Sir Peter indeed! I'll update it straight away!

    How's the leg, Ellen?

    - Jack

  3. What Was the original name of the Theatre?

  4. @ Odentroll

    Sorry it took so long to respond... I've been wracking my brains trying to remember. The new name will be "The Miramar". The previous name was "Capitol Cinema" or "Capitol Court". but I was sure there was another name before that, but I can't for the life of me remember what it was, or where I saw that...

    - Jack M.