Leighs Construction Outdoor Cinema

9 March - North Quad

Great news! Due to popular demand, the Arts Centre is rescheduling two Leighs Construction Outdoor Cinema movies that were cancelled in January due to bad weather.

A wet weather plan is also now in place. In the case of bad weather, screenings will be moved into the stunningly restored Great Hall that is adjacent to the North Quad – providing a great opportunity to enjoy the atmosphere of this unique historical treasure – more details below.

Films will be screened on the following dates in the picturesque North Quad – immersing you in one of Canterbury’s most unique and beautiful locations. Enjoy favourite movies while getting a close-up look at this remarkable restoration – the largest of its kind in the world.

A big thanks to our main sponsor Leighs Construction and Media Partner The Hits. And also to Find Chch that has sponsored family-sized beanbags – another reason to arrive early.

 Things to remember:

  • Please bring a gold coin donation. The Arts Centre is a charity and is relying on your support to complete this enormous heritage project
  • Space is limited so please arrive early to avoid disappointment (the quad is open to the public all day). 
  • Bring something to sit on, plus cash for food and drinks (Kettle Korn, Bunsen cafe, Zen Sushi & Dumplings (until 8pm) and Rollickin Gelato)
  • Picnics welcome and there is a bar on-site – BYO is not allowed
  • No smoking 
  • Subtitles on both movies
  • Plan your trip – check this page for parking and transport options
  • In the case of bad weather, movies will be screened in the Great Hall:
    • space is strictly limited in the Great Hall so please arrive early to avoid disappointment
    • chairs will be provided – deck chairs not required
    • check back here and our Facebook page for the latest updates on location and capacity

Friday, 9 March

  • 6pm: Moana (PG Some scenes may scare very young children)
  • 8pm: Hunt for the Wilderpeople (PG Violence, coarse language, some scenes may disturb young children.)

Offering free outdoor cinema is a wonderful way to welcome the community back to enjoy the Arts Centre’s historic environment as it progressively re-opens to the public. There are numerous reasons to visit the Arts Centre, with it offering a growing number of art galleries and exhibits, live theatre performances, boutique retailers and artisan food and drink outlets.

The Arts Centre’s 23 buildings suffered extensive damage in the Canterbury earthquakes and incredible progress has been made on restoring their heritage features while fitting them out with the latest modern infrastructure.

While the day-to-day focus is on restoring the unique historic buildings, the driving force behind it is to create a home for creative entrepreneurs in the heart of the city that is full of activity – day and night.

Free Entry

Driving & Parking

The Arts Centre has a limited number of 10 and 60 minute visitor carparks located at Market Square near the corner of Worcester Boulevard and Montreal Street.

Plenty of on-street metered parking is available near the Arts Centre, along with a number of off-street carparks.