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This cinema was taken over by The Reading Group early 2006
It is an independent cinema
Thanks for correcting the confusion here Brad. I will arrange to have the seating capacity changed to unknown until we know what the capacity is on this now triple screen, newer Embassy Cinema.
This cinema was the original Queenstown cinema and was closed and demolished 1970-1975. It was not located in the mall, but on the lake foreshore,
The current cinema, located at 11 the Mall, was opened in 1993, and trippled in 1999-2000.
The Embassy Cinema is listed as operating in the Film Weekly Motion Picture Directory 1951/52 edition, with a seating capacity of 304.
When I was in Queenstown in July of 1996, I was looking for a movie to see and I came here. It seemed like the sole cinema in town. I didn’t really want to see the movie that was playing, “From Dusk Till Dawn,” with Harvey Keitel and Quentin Tarantino, but I went anyway…a 10:30 P.M. show. I had to walk up a narrow flight of steps to get to the theatre. The place seemed carved out of an existing building. A friendly young lady greeted me. All seats were assigned, and about the only one left was up in front, left side, nose under the screen. Seemed like a popular place with the younger crowd. I took a photo of the cinema’s entrance and part of the interior.