Silky Otter Is Orakei's New Boutique Cinema Complex

The two-cinema complex has been designed to change the way you enjoy movies.
Stephen Heard
Published on October 21, 2019

Seaside suburb Ōrākei is now home to a new luxury neighbourhood cinema. Named simply because the title is unforgettable, Silky Otter Cinemas has been designed to "change the way you enjoy movies."

The boutique New Zealand-owned complex is located above Plant Barn in the Ōrākei Bay Village shopping precinct. It features two cinemas, each fitted out with 44 luxurious leather recliners, Laser Cinema Projection and 7.1 surround sound.

The complex is headed by former projectionist and film booker Rob Jeromson. He says, "We've worked tirelessly to make sure that Silky Otter Cinemas is offering the best possible experience for moviegoers when they visit, and we're excited to be sharing it with them."

Before settling into leather recliners to enjoy a completely ad-free pre-show, guests can take their pick from a menu of reimagined movie snacks. Moving beyond your average overpriced popcorn and drink combo, the candy bar selection includes the choice of three hotdog sliders served in brioche, gourmet sandwiches, mac and cheese bites, tempura battered prawns and cheese platters for two.

The dessert menu is worth venturing out of hibernation for; as well as Duck Island ice cream and barista coffee, moviegoers have the choice of a warm triple chocolate brownie and a Malteser sundae. To wash it all down there's a selection of premium beers and wines.

Silky Otter Ōrākei is set to be the first of many cinemas for the brand. An eight-screen complex is scheduled to open in Christchurch late next year.

Silky Otter's 'Movie of the Week' tickets are $15 while the standard admission is $21. For session times and to book tickets, visit

Published on October 21, 2019 by Stephen Heard
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