Boutique cinema  

The Arts Centre is seeking expressions of interest from businesses, companies or consortiums with the passion, skills and knowledge to establish and run a boutique cinema tenancy located in the West Lecture building.

With two screening rooms and an intimate bar space located in a stunning heritage building and overlooking the botanic gardens and the Arts Centre’s picturesque quadrangles, this venue is an unbeatable opportunity to create a distinctive and exceptional cultural experience for Cantabrians and our visitors to relish.

This cinema – which will boast a location and character like no other in New Zealand – will offer a holistic entertainment and leisure experience that combines film, food and beverage, and special events that create a complete “night out” experience for audiences. Its programming will be distinctly different from the existing cinema offers in and around Christchurch, and the bar will become a destination in its own right.

The tenancy is 515 square metres spread over four split levels with two screening rooms that can seat approximately 45 to 50 and 70 to 75, respectively.

The Arts Centre is open to interest from existing cinema operators, new cinema operators, as well as joint ventures and hospitality-led operators who have the right experience and capabilities to establish and manage the venue.

This is your opportunity to bring your inspired vision, plenty of imagination and a love for cinema to create your dream venue and establish a place distinctly different from your usual cinema.

We’re expecting the building’s restoration and strengthening to be complete in the fourth quarter of this year.

Join the community

The Arts Centre feature a carefully curated, complementary mix of boutique retail and businesses – designed to attract repeat local customers, surrounding workers and tourists.

Nestled amongst key city attractions, it’s within convenient walking distance to many of the new buildings and anchor projects currently under way in Christchurch’s regenerating city centre.

Beauty, form and function

With the restoration of the West Lecture building, the Arts Centre offers a one-of-a-kind, high-quality character building.

With stunning heritage features, modern, bright and open spaces, flexible fit-out options and state-of-the-art infrastructure, you’ll find a space unlike anything else in the city.

Escape from the bustle

Step out of your tenancy straight into the beautiful North and South Quadrangles, Market Square, Gymnasium Canopy and street-facing terraces.

These shared spaces are at the heart of the Arts Centre community, allowing you to mingle with other creative professionals, artists, performers and visitors.

Embrace the buzz

The Arts Centre doesn’t just offer beautiful buildings. It’s a destination that hosts the most exciting events on the Christchurch calendar, including the buskers festival, outdoor cinema, SCAPE Public Art exhibitions, the Christchurch Arts Festival and other one-off concerts.

Why watch from afar when you and your business can be nestled right in the heart of the action?

Tenancy Proposal Guide Floor plans

Key features

  • State-of-the-art amenities in heritage building
  • Two screening rooms
  • Unique, iconic Christchurch space
  • Botanic gardens and South Quad outlook
  • Efficient central heating

Lease info

  • Net Lettable Area: 515m²
  • Number of tenancies: One
  • Use of premises: Cinema
  • Milestone dates:
    Fit-out access: Late 2018/early 2019
    Open to public: First half of 2019


Louise Sutherland

Arts Centre Leasing Manager

Phone: 022 364 1507