Paramount Cinema—Courtney Place
Although it is not exactly ‘hidden’, Paramount is possibly the best alternative cinema in the city. It screens most recently released major films, but also hosts a steady stream of films coming in off the festival circuit. If you do go and get a chance to look around, the walls plastered with layers of film posters will give you an idea of the vibe this place is going for. If you’re a real film nerd, this is where you need to be.
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Referring more, I assume, to its location up above the CBD rather than the magazine by the same name, Penthouse is more of an effort to get to than other cinemas in the city. Still, it does a good job of mixing Wellington’s interests in cinema and coffee, with a strong emphasis on the café side of things. Also, like other alternative cinemas, it shows a good mix of mainstream and indie films, and with a unique location it’s definitely worth the trip.
Lighthouse Cuba—Wigan Street
Located in the heart of Wellington central, Lighthouse Cuba is a hidden treasure for any avid cinema goer. Complete with luxurious couches and a laid back vibe; it is one of the best cinemas Wellington has to offer. With an $11 student deal, this chic cinema won’t even break the bank—unless of course you follow your film with a trip to Wellington’s iconic Havana Bar located just across the road. Showings include a mixture of blockbusters and indie films.