About Movies at the Old School

Movies are screened in the 40 seat micro cinema, in the 100 year plus heritage theatre room.
Movies are screened in the 35 seat micro cinema, in the 100 year plus heritage cinema room.

There’s no need to drive over the divvy for your movie “fix“. You can catch the latest releases right here in Raglan at the Old School Arts Centre. There’s a new programme every month, an HQ 2K projection system with a Dolby 5.1 audio system. There is a cash bar with teas, coffee, Bundaberg drinks, popcorn plus yummy homemade treats for sale at every showing. Most sessions are licensed wine and beer is available.


The Raglan Old School Arts Centre screens films on at least two weekends each month in its 35 seat micro cinema. The 100 year plus heritage cinema room, known as Whare o Tuaiwa Rickard | Eva’s Room. It is named after Eva Rickard, one of the people who saved the Old School from demolition in the 1980s. The regular screenings are on the first and third weekend of each month (Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon). In late September the Raglan Film Festival is held. Other film festivals visit in other months.

Theatre doors opens 30 minutes before advertised start time. Arrive early to select the seat that’s right for you from our eclectic collection.

Movies at the Old School began way back in January 2006 with the Stairway to Heaven Film Festival organised by Katy Armstrong. Over the years the technology required to show movies has changed dramatically. Initially, films were supplied on special CDs, which limited screenings to art house and foreign language movies. Now digital cinema equipment is used, giving us access to a greater range.

Regular monthly screenings of new releases started in 2010. Later this was expanded to Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon sessions. Screenings are run by a small team of volunteers and supported by the Old School office staff. Volunteer bakers provide cakes and slices, and a cash bar is also available. Screenings make a contribution to keeping the Arts Centre going. Baking and refreshment sales run as another fundraiser.
Check on our reserves page for dates and screening times or on the calendar.

Entry Adults $16, Concession $14, Children 14 yrs and under $9.

Concession entry is for Seniors, Beneficiaries and Students with ID.

Entry is $12 for Raglan Community Arts Council financial members.

Pay at the door by cash or EFTPOS.

The office is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 10am and 2pm for pre-purchase of tickets.

It is best to make reserves with the web reservation system. (If you wish you can phone 07 825 0023 [leave a message if the office is not staffed] or email info@raglanartscentre.co.nz ).

Reserves can be made using the web reservation system from the links to each session on the reserves page or from the link from each movie listing on the calendar.

We accept online reserve requests up to Saturday at 1pm for weekend movies and up to 24 hours before the start of mid-week movies. If the session isn’t full door sales are available from 30 minutes before the screening time.

All reserved tickets must be paid for 15 minutes before the start of the movie. If the session is full they be resold after this time.

You can also book and pay by debit or credit card.