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