The Venue & Pricing

Auckland's Underground Movie Theatre

Voted "Best Cinema in New Zealand" - AIMC 2019 

Two screen complex with a licensed bar for Garage Project craft beer, New Zealand wines, specialty cocktails and trained baristas serving NZ Coffee Company beverages.

Snacks range from hand rolled, chocolate dipped Rush Munro ice cream waffle cones to fresh hot popcorn.

Featuring a 16 seat boutique theatre alongside a full-size 211 seat theatre.

''The Academy is just a lovely cinema... every pore of the Academy oozes film lover... it is one of the most comfortable cinemas... and you can get wine, it's great!'' - Fabian Fanboy, bFM

As a welcome change from mainstream Hollywood blockbusters, Academy, tucked away under the Auckland Central Library, offers a great selection of American indie, foreign and documentary films. The 16 seater is a very intimate venue and feels like someone has built a little gem under a flight of stairs in an old Victorian mansion.

With a neat selection of vintage film memorabilia in the foyer and a dangerous array of Kapiti ice cream tubs, you won’t be left bored or hungry. Yet perhaps the best part is the crowd this theatre attracts. From hipsters to deep and meaningful cinema goers, the patrons who attend all have a general love and enthusiasm for film.

The main draw card is the five dollar Wednesdays. You can literally see any movie, any session for only five dollars whether you’re an adult, student, senior or child.

Academy occasionally hosts special screenings and events and takes part in some of the major film festivals to visit New Zealand, which is always good to know for those film fanatics living or staying in the city.'' -

At the Academy, you will find a range of the best local and international films. Relax and enjoy a drink — or browse our wide selection of arthouse DVDs for sale — while awaiting the start of your movie.

We ask that you please refrain from bringing food or beverages from outside the venue into our theatres.



Tickets $16 all day for Adult Tickets. Wednesdays $5 all day as part of our popular $5 Wednesdays.

Tickets $12 all day for Members Tickets. Navigate to the Membership Page in the Menu options to sign up for $30. Membership is limited. You must log in or scan your card at the box office to redeem these $12 tickets. Wednesdays $5 all day as part of our popular $5 Wednesdays.

Over the age of 60 with ID $14. Wednesdays $5 all day as part of our popular $5 Wednesdays.

With concession cards such as Industry Guild Members (WIFT, DEGNZ, Actor's Equity), MIC members or community services card holders, $14. Wednesdays $5 all day as part of our popular $5 Wednesdays.

With a valid tertiary ID, $14. Wednesdays $5 all day as part of our popular $5 Wednesdays.

Under 15, $11. Wednesdays $5 all day as part of our popular $5 Wednesdays.

$14 Tickets with valid Auckland Film Society membership card. Wednesdays $5 all day as part of our popular $5 Wednesdays.

ALL PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE and are almost always bound to be different for non-film events, festivals and special event screenings.


The discounted concession price applies to Film Society members; Industry Guild members: (WIFT, Screen Directors Guild of NZ (SDGNZ), NZ Writers Guild, Techo’s Guild, Actor’s Equity); MIC members; Community Services Card holders.


Bookings can be made either in person in the cinema; over the phone by calling the lobby on 09 373 2761; or through this website by clicking directly on the session of your choice, which will connect you to our e-ticketing service. 

Phone bookings are not possible for $5 Wednesday sessions. 


The Academy is open every day except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Doors are open from 30 minutes before the first session until 30 minutes after the start of the final session.


Parking is ample, cheap and easy at the Academy with a multitude of parking buildings within easy strolling distance. We recommend the Civic Carpark as an easy and safe option, just across the street from the Academy.

Pricing for the Civic carpark is as follows:

· $3.00 per hour to a maximum of $24.00, Monday to Friday, 6:00am – 6:00pm

· $12.00 flat fee, Monday to Friday after 6:00pm – closing.

· $2.00 per hour to a maximum of $12.00, weekends and public holidays

For more information and parking options see the Auckland Transport website


There are disabled parking spaces available outside the cinema on Rutland Street. Lift access is available to the cinema via the Auckland Library lift. Our staff will happily escort you in and out of the library, but we greatly appreciate if you can please call ahead on 09 373 2761 and dial 2 when the electronic voice answers, so we can arrange to meet you. OR, There is also an intercom at the Academy Cinema entrance which will connect you to our staff and we will come up and let you in. 

Please also notify staff when you wish to leave the premises as a swipe card is needed to operate the lift and after hours doors. 


Academy Cinemas prides itself in playing avant-garde, historically significant, boundary-breaking films as part of our programme of independent, arthouse and classic films. We respect the wide, differing views of what film viewers consider good taste or objectionable and also respect their right to disagree with programming decisions. We believe that films are complex, collectively-made efforts and not fully representative of any one country, company, person or film movement involved and would be unfair to represent the film as such. Screenings of particular films should not be taken as an endorsement of any one country, company, person, film movement, or act committed in the film. All films screened at Academy have been passed by the appropriate New Zealand ratings & classifications authorities as fit for theatrical viewing, and rating classification information for films screening at Academy will be available in our lobby and on our website.