Oakura, New Zealand: Outdoor Movies Go Retro in Oakura, New Zealand

Photo Credit: Cameron Burnell. There is nothing better than a glass of wine, a bag of Jaffas and an outdoor movie to relax a stressed mind. On Tuesday, Arthouse Cinema will screen its first outdoor film at Oakura's Butlers Reef as part of a summer-long series. The group has embraced everything retro for the arthouse film screening, which will show in Butlers' garden bar on Tuesdays and Wednesdays until the end of March. Maryanne Rossiter Bennett says the group wants to broaden the movie- going experience by choosing arthouse films. "A lot of people want to be able to watch these kinds of films but they are not usually available," Mrs Rossiter Bennett explains. "We have gone a bit retro in our approach with the candy girl and a traditional intermission like the good old days, but that is the kind of feel we are going for." The group has even considered the age-old complaint of sore bums in hard cinema seats by offering cushions for rent for $2. "Our candy girl will be selling retro confectionary during the intermission such as Jaffas and Milk Bottles, as well as some luxury items. "It's almost irresistible, some might say." Adding to the vintage look are eight old yellow cinema seats which the group rescued from sale. The garden bar will seat 70 and movies on this month's agenda include Married Life, Rain Of The Children and Lars And The Real Girl. "Before each movie we are showing short films by locals and other New Zealand film-makers. It's a chance for them to show their work to an audience," Mrs Rossiter Bennett says. If the summer outdoor movie nights are successful, Arthouse Cinema is hoping to see it run during the winter in a venue in New Plymouth. There are so many people in the community who want to see these kind of films and it's right on their back door, it's just adding another gem to the crown in Oakura, Mrs Rossiter Bennett says. Source: "Cameras roll for arthouse project" by Felicity Rookes- Taranaki Daily News. Read full article at: http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/dailynews/4814238a6554.html.

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