Good as gold

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Coco at the Roxy, the restaurant in the award-winning cinema.

Coco at the Roxy, the restaurant in the award-winning cinema.

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The Roxy's 1920s façade remains in place to protect the site's heritage and the streetscape.

The Roxy’s 1920s façade remains in place to protect the site’s heritage and the streetscape.

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Interior fittings are in keeping with the building's art deco 'jazz age' roots.

Interior fittings are in keeping with the building’s art deco ‘jazz age’ roots.

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The Roxy's authentic art deco design has taken 10 years to complete.

The Roxy’s authentic art deco design has taken 10 years to complete.

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Sculptures by Weta Workshop adorn the walls.

Sculptures by Weta Workshop adorn the walls.

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Sculptures produced by neighbouring Weta Workshop.

Sculptures produced by neighbouring Weta Workshop.

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Every detail was carefully selected to continue the art deco style.

Every detail was carefully selected to continue the art deco style.

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Coco at the Roxy in the foyer of the cinema.

Coco at the Roxy in the foyer of the cinema.

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Elaborate ceiling art in the grand lobby.

Elaborate ceiling art in the grand lobby.

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Award-winning movies (the Lord of the Rings trilogy for a start) are made in Miramar. And now award-winning buildings are created in the Wellington suburb too.

The area is home to the Roxy, a world-class cinema that has won a Gold award in the Tourism and Leisure section at the New Zealand Commercial Project Awards held in Auckland on 11 May. It was predominantly a new build on the site of the original Capitol Theatre (one of the last silent-era ‘picture palaces’, built in 1928 by local architect William Fielding), though the designers retained the original street-facing façade of the art deco building.

Designed and executed by Peter Camp Builders and a team from Weta Workshop, the renovation was in the works for ten years, since the site was purchased by Camperdown Studios in 2003. Art deco design features adorn the interior, including authentic moldings inside each theatre and some decidely vintage-feel signage, all intended to revive the glamour of its founding era. Weta Workshop’s imagination and handy-work is reflected in the Weta-produced wall sculptures that appear throughout.

“While the overall design and interior decoration of The Roxy is in keeping with the era of the original Capitol Theatre, it is very much a modern building ‘behind the curtain’, so to speak. The Roxy has been built with robust materials that are proven to withstand sizable earthquakes (and cinema sound effects), and that will stand the test of time,” says Jamie Selkirk, the Roxy co-owner who oversaw the build.

Not just a cinema, the Roxy houses Coco at the Roxy, a restaurant and café, and also features a Grand Lobby offering craft beers on tap. roxycinema.co.nz


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