Dome Cinema & Bar

Dome Cinema & Bar

Dome Cinema & Bar


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2 Independent Cinemas

11 Gisborne


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Fifteen years ago Sally Shanks channelled her desire to create something fabulous, glamorous and a little bit quirky into the old billiard room of former gentlemen's club, The Poverty Bay Club, transforming it into a modern-day cinema with a few twists.

Bean bags, original long leather couches and a couple of thrones offer seating options, pizza, ice cream and refreshments are delivered after the intermission gong sounds and screenings are often accompanied by some manner of theatrics, the kind that evade description but rather must be experienced to be believed. Every night is a different show.

The adjourning bar has since been taken under Sally’s wing so that today’s Dome Bar & Cinema offers a full bar, a seasonal menu from Wednesday to Saturday and a courtyard complete with roaring fire or cascading waterfall depending on the requirements of the season. The Dome is a favourite venue for musicians from around the country, so keep an eye on the Dome calendar for both the film schedule and gig guide.

The Dome Bar & Cinema offers its visitors the opportunity to escape the ‘everyday’, to experience a kind of glamour that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

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Going to the pictures at the Dome Cinema

The Dome room has long had a reputation for bewitching its guests. Lingering between the pools of soft light glowing down from the domes, wondering where in the world they are. Many think of her thick red carpet, they've kicked off many a shoe to dance bare foot where billiard balls once fell in boisterous games of old. Likewise, the Dome Cinema is a charming mixture of the modern and fun, of old elegance and romance. Somehow it makes you feel right at home.

We invite you to come cosy up with a drink, and a pizza, or try our full dining menu from Wednesday to Saturday. For some good old fashioned entertainment, and an experience to engage the senses and capture the imagination, we welcome you to the Dome Cinema...

To book a dining table or a beanbag for the cinema text 027 590 2117

For group bookings or event and function inquiries contact Sally:


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North IslandTairāwhiti GisborneGisborne


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Bonny Doon

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

I haven't been to a cinema like it. Classic dome room of an old gentleman's club (The Poverty Bay Club). Mix this with top quality sound system, relaxed atmosphere with beers and beanbags. Fair prices too.

Reviewed over 12 years ago