Silky Otter Cinemas bring the big screen to Ponsonby

Auckland city fringe locals are set to get slice of the big screen experience as the perfect match between locally owned Silky Otter Cinemas and community favourite, Ponsonby Central, opens in early 2022.

Silky Otter is bringing the cinema experience back to the heart of Ponsonby for the first time in more than 50 years. A large part of the ground floor in the new Ponsonby Central development will soon be home to a four screen luxury boutique cinema complex, expanding on an already unique dining, drinking and shopping space. This will not be just any cinema, priding themselves on cutting edge technology, a focus on customer service, premium food, beverages and the ability to hire your very own cinema, Silky Otter reaches the next level in cinema viewing.

With their first opening in Ōrākei Bay Village two years ago, Silky Otter is a favorite amongst the locals and one of the top performing independent locations around the country. “The success of our Ōrākei site has shown that there is still an appetite for the big screen in Aotearoa,” says Silky Otter CEO Neil Lambert. “People want that immersive experience, an independent cinema that delivers the best of mainstream, arthouse and film festival content, and crucially, comfort.”

Kiwi owned Silky Otter has been carefully designed to give people a reason to get out of their homes for a day or night out at their local neighbourhood movies, so Ponsonby Central is the perfect location. “Ponsonby is a cultural hub that caters to different interests and tastes, and everything you could want is here – except a cinema.” says Andy Davies, Owner Ponsonby Central.

“We wanted to create a home away from home and the team at Ponsonby Central got that – because it’s their vision too. We really couldn’t have wished for a better collaborator,” says Managing Director Ahmed Almukhtar.

Expanding on their success, Ponsonby Central will be one of the new Silky Otter locations, with openings in Wigram, Christchurch this month and Richmond, Nelson this Summer.

Silky Otter Cinemas Ponsonby will open in Ponsonby Central in early 2022.

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