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Welcome to Dome Cinema

The Dome room has long had a reputation for bewitching its guests. Lingering between the pools of soft light glowing down from the domes, wondering where in the world they are. Many think of her thick red carpet, they've kicked off many a shoe to dance bare foot where billiard balls once fell in boisterous games of old. Likewise, the Dome Cinema is a charming mixture of the modern and fun, of old elegance and romance. Somehow it makes you feel right at home.

We invite you to come cosy up with a drink, and a pizza. For some good old fashioned entertainment, an experience to engage the senses and capture the imagination, welcome to the Dome Cinema...

Screening times

Wednesday 17 September

6.30pm Aunty and the Star People


Thursday 18 September

6.30pm The Lunchbox - NEW


Friday 19 September

PULP FRIDAY presents……

Tom Batchelor and the River Jesters

Bar open 5.30pm onwards!

Bands from 7pm $10 on the door


Saturday 20 September

7pm 20,000 Days On Earth


Sunday 21 September

6pm The Lunchbox



Tuesday 23 September

Free Concert featuring 20 Local Young Musicians from 6-15 yrs old

The Gisborne Residents playing in support

6.30pm – 8.30pm


Wednesday 24 September

6.30pm The Lunchbox


Thursday 25 September

6.30pm Aunty and the Star People


Friday 26 September

PULP FRIDAY in the Dome Bar

Bar open 5.30pm onwards!

Ricky Boyd and The Residents playing live from 8pm


Saturday 27 September

7pm The Lunchbox


Sunday 28 September

6pm 20,000 Days On Earth


 You can also call 08 324 3005 at any time for these screening times. Sign up to our mailing list to receive screening times and Dome News each week. The DOME BAR is open for beer, wine, gin & tonic & ginger beer, icecream, sweet treats and pizzas during every film.



Showing this month

The Lunchbox

Rating: M / Running time: 1 hr 44 mins
A little pinch of happiness can change your life.

Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi) leads this romance, where a mistaken delivery in Mumbai connects a young housewife to an older man. As they exchange notes to find the correct address, a relationship is triggered, built on the fantasy of their letters.

Mumbai’s famously efficient lunchbox delivery system transports thousands of meals every day from kitchens to offices. A Harvard University study found that just one in a million lunchboxes is ever delivered to the wrong address. This is the story of that one lunchbox. Ila, a neglected housewife, attempts to spice up her marriage by preparing a special lunch for her husband. When it is accidentally delivered to Saajan, a lonely widower on the brink of retirement, they exchange notes to each other to get to the bottom of the mistaken delivery. Their notes gradually evolve into a series of intimate little confessions.

Aunty and the Star People

Rating: Documentary / Running time: 1 hr 22 mins
"Unassuming heroism may be the only kind that makes any sense to Christchurch filmmaker Gerard Smyth (When a City Falls). 80-year-old writer Watson could hardly be more self-deprecating in responding to his attention, but by the end of his account of her surprising life you might wonder why there’s not been a film about her already. The book-loving daughter of Northland dairy farmers, she’s best known in New Zealand for Stand in the Rain, a novel published in 1965, and for her decade-long involvement with another literary scion of the land, Barry Crump. What is less well known is that 30 years ago she sold her Wellington house and used the proceeds to buy the land for a children’s home in Tamil Nadu in southern India.

"We follow along on one of her frequent visits. She guides us around the rapidly changing world of her ‘Star People’, named for the white stars painted on their faces. The value of her work is there for all to see, not least in the hospitality of successful former beneficiaries, and the shining eyes of the children enjoying shelter and educational opportunities." (NZ International Film Festival)

20,000 Days On Earth

Rating: Documentary / Running time: 1 hr 35 mins
Innovative mix of fiction and documentary essay with Nick Cave as both subject and co-conspirator, portraying the Australian musician's artistic process and combining it with a narrative of his 20,000th day on Earth. The feature debut from British visual artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, who took home the World Cinema (Documentary) award for directing at Sundance 2014.

"Nick Cave has long been one of the most fascinating and enigmatic figures in the music and film world. 20,000 Days on Earth enhances his mystique... The film weaves two parallel narrative threads. The first is a cinematic portrait of Cave's 20,000th day, created through a series of staged, but not scripted, scenes and encounters. The second looks in depth at his creativity - from writing through recording and rehearsal to performance... Ultimately, 20,000 Days reaches beyond Cave to ask all of us how many days we've been alive and what use we've made of that time." (Sundance Film Festival)

Starts Sept 4

Night Moves

Rating: M - Violence and offensive language / Running time: 1 hr 52 mins
Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard are three radical environmentalists who put their ideologies to the test by conspiring to blow up a hydroelectric dam in this thriller from lyrical indie director Kelly Reichardt (Meek's Cutoff). Nominated for the Golden Lion at Venice 2013.

"Reichardt provides another graceful and absorbing drama about outsiders searching for a meaningful place on the edges of the system... The three are eager to send a message to the developers and technology-addicted residents of “the latest outpost of the Portland Empire.” When their plot to blow up Oregon’s Green Peter Dam goes slightly, but significantly awry, they discover that even small steps can have enormous consequences, especially when the most steely-eyed devotees of a political cause abandon their morality." (Tribeca Film Festival)

PULP FRIDAY in the Dome Bar

Come on in to the best little bar in Gizzy.
Every Friday night from 8 'till late from August 22nd.

Be bathed in the seductive light, while listening to a selection of live music on the intimate stage in the bar.
Where else would you want to be!
coming soon.Pulp Friday

Tom Batchelor and the River Jesters

The River Jesters are New Zealand’s own psychedelic blues rock gypsies. A four piece band fronted by television sensation Tom Batchelor and backed by Michael Morris, Sam McKean and Antonio Mercuri. The River Jesters formed during 2012 in Dunedin, having since toured the south island. Following Batchelor's X Factor appearances, the band gained a strong following and had over 14,000 Bandcamp streams of their acoustic album 'Really Bad Apples' within a week. The Jesters have recently recorded a hand full of songs for release throughout 2014, the first being the debut single 'Pony' which is currently airing on C4 music channel and is available through iTunes. After being billed for Feastock music festival and playing packed out live shows across a recent south island tour, The River Jesters are gearing up to play Addington Stadium opening the Super 14 Rugby while preparing a nation wide tour later in the year.

The Jesters bring their Project Runaway Tour to the Dome!
Friday 19 September.
Bar open at 5.30, The Residents playing from 7pm, the Tom Batchelor and The River Jesters from 8.30 in the Dome Room.
$10 on the door.

Young Musicians - Free Concert

Featuring 20 local young musicians aged from 6- 15 years for age.
Over 15 students representing 12 schools. Styles ranging from blues, pop, rock, surf, alternative, hard rock and children's songs. Plus guest band The Gisborne Residents.

6.30pm - 8.30pm
Tuesday 23rd September
E Band School Concert

Getting here

The Dome Cinema is located in the Poverty Bay Club building on the corner of Childers Rd & Customhouse St in Gisborne

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