What's on at Confluence?
Showing this week.
Films are shown every Thursday and Friday evening plus special screenings on other days throughout the month. A monthly printed flyer is published in the first week of each month. They are available in the cinema or from our friends around town such as Paiges Book Gallery, Sour Dough Bros. and Article.
Reserve or buy your favourite seats online, without fees. See what we are showing over the coming days and weeks at Confluence Cinema.
Coming soon to Confluence
Worth the wait.
We source films from the very latest releases, often being the first place in Whanganui to show certain films. We also track down classics or documentary films never before released in NZ cinema. It is especially fantastic when we can source a film from an audience request, and even more so when we can bring the filmmakers and their audience together.
Films also regularly screen as fundraisers for local organisations or groups as part of Confluence's business values of supporting our community, encouraging collaboration between people, and prompting critical thinking.
Find out what we are showing later and be the first to reserve seats, or maybe suggest a film you would like to see.
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Share the experience.
There's no fees.
You're welcome to use our online or telephone reservation service to set aside your favourite seats for any upcoming film. Your convince is ours as well, so we do not charge a fee no matter how you prefer to pay.
Online seat selection is perfect for a group to be able to sit together, or ideal for treating yourself to something special.
Last minute welcomes.
Although some of our popular films are close to full houses with pre-sales, there's nearly always seats for those who prefer to just walk-in and buy a ticket.
For our regular Thursday and Friday evening screenings the doors open at 6pm and films start promptly at 6:30pm with trailers beforehand.
Every screening is a public screening that anyone who meets the minimum age for each film rating can come along to.
Debit card EFTPOS and cash sales are available in the cinema for anyone who has reserved a seat, or for last minute walk-in sales.
Choice and comfort.
Our 44 seat theatre features recliners, sofas, armchairs, and tiered vintage Whanganui cinema seating. Plus there is flexible spaces for wheelchair users, and beanbags for those wanting the ultimate front row experience.
Just like the films we show, our cinema seating offers something different with everyone soon finding their favourite. The key to our seating map is here, and it's normally possible to be just like Goldilocks when you arrive and try each empty seat out to get the one that's just right for you:
Accessible for everyone
Here to help.
Despite being on the top floor of our building, Confluence is accessible for everyone with flat floors throughout, a wide access bathroom, and a passenger lift.
If you have hearing difficultly or eyesight challenges then we recommend selecting seats in the middle of the front or second rows for the best experience. The second row has two sofas which are three seaters, so you may share with one other for popular screenings.
You can also contact us if you have specific requirements including wheelchair access needs. Every screening can accomodate wheelchairs by removing one or two seats from the middle row as shown on our seating map.
Young and old.
Some of our films include subtitles for non-English spoken content, and occasionally we will include subtitles for English language films to help enhance your viewing experience.
All films shown at Confluence comply with the New Zealand Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993.
Please check any published classification of each film before purchasing a ticket or attending. As a responsible venue we will not permit audience members to attend screenings who cannot provide evidence they are above the minimum age of a restricted age classification.
Films with a R restricted rating will have their rating reiterated verbally at the front of house when buying or collecting tickets if we reasonably consider anyone in the party to be under the stated minimum age. This reiteration is always in addition to our in venue, pre-film and advertising notifications of the classification.
We also ask that all children under the age of 13 attending any film to be accompanied by an adult ticket holder who is their parent or legal guardian.
Giving your love.
Throughout the year we are delighted to work with local and national organisations, groups, not-for-profits, and charities, to bring together the three elements of:
Being a smaller boutique cinema we are able to do this without charging or needing a minimum seat sell figure. We simply offer the entire box office return as a fundraiser donation, just covering the cost of the licence (if any).
If you represent a group or organisation that might be interested in working with us to organise a fundraiser screening film then please complete either a suggest a recipient for a donation form, or also a suggest a film to screen using this form.
Seeing the past.
Historically Whanganui is a town that has embraced the cinema, with half a dozen or so big screen venues attracting audiences during the cinema heyday last century.
King's Theatre (1912 - 1915), 116 Victoria Avenue
In this photograph of Victoria Avenue, taken sometime in the 1960s, the facade of what was King's Theatre building can be seen on the left side as the arched roofline just in front of the church spire of St. Mary's church.
By the time this photo was taken we are unsure if the building was still operating as a cinema or theatre, but a close look reveals what could be a sign for 'Universal' on the triangle shaped verandah. This may represent the famous Hollywood Universal Studios. Further down the street on the same side you can see the Majestic theatre vertical banner.
Confluence's monthly emailed newsletter is running a regular update on the history of this theatre, so please subscribe if you are interested to discover more.
Everybody's Theatre (1915 - 1926), 116 Victoria Avenue
After 3 years and two owners, King's Theatre was again refurbished to become Everybody's Theatre in August 1915.
More about this cinema, and the dozen or so others in Whanganui before the demise of all but one will be added here soon. But from 2018 Whanganui audiences once again have a choice in which public cinema they will see the latest releases in as Confluence Cinema started showing regular films then and is still going well today despite COVID-19 closures and the drought of international film releases.
Confluence Cinema (2018 - ), 116 Victoria Avenue (rear entrance)
Confluence cinema space was originally designed and built by local award winning filmmakers, Double Farley, as a test screening room for their films. It provides audiences with a quality big screen experience to share with others, along with many of the same comforts of your home, plus the experience you expect from a professional cinema.
Why do this?
Confluence Cinema operates to champion documentary and art-house film and therefore encourage critical thinking amongst our community who are our audience. It achieves this through providing cinematic audience viewing experiences in collaboration with filmmakers, and the wider world, to bring Whanganui some of the most engaging cinematic experiences every week.
Further direct community support is provided through fund raiser screenings and being open to suggestions for films from the general public.
Thoughtful Thursdays regularly collaborates with New Zealand filmmakers to show their films locally, often hosting the director or crew at special screenings with audience Q&A sessions.
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