Classic Comedy Club
321 Queen Street,
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The Classic Cinema was the first independant cinema in Auckland city for some 30 years, and was plauged by fights for product with larger exhibitors. Indeed, the local authority imposed a condition on it’s licence that it only screen films over 30 years old (this was later relaxed to 15, and then dropped in 1981).
The theatre was plain, with a flat floor and rather garish foyer.
Initially running only 16mm, the theatre developed a small following however fighting for films continued to tax the galiant owner, Jan Grefstad. Jan was a true poineer, installing the first platter in Auckland and being the first to go manager / operator. The theatre moved briefly to second run, then to porno and finally switched to video before closure and conversion to the Classic Comedy Club in October 1997.
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