Worked with

Auckland Council
Air New Zealand
Te Wananga o Aotearoa
Paramount Pictures NZ

Services We Offer

“Your Dream Is Our Challenge!”

The Travelling Cinema Company (formerly Openair Cinema) has a wealth of experience in event management, making delivering one of your most successful events easy and seamless. With more than fifteen years of experience in the local market working with some of New Zealand's biggest brands and Council's, we can help guide you from the planning stages to the debrief in a cost effective and professional manner.

Are you planning an unforgettable event in a special place with a movie suitable for your own handpicked audience?

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Whether you're organising your own ticketed event, a corporate screening for your customers or employees, a private screening for your birthday party, or a welcome addition to your festival, we're here to make it happen. We offer a broad number of services to make your dream a reality.

We own the biggest outdoor screen in New Zealand (18m wide and 11m high), which can cater for up to 5000 viewers or more than 300 cars (provided the space is big enough to accommodate these numbers). We've used public parks, urban venues, vineyards, zoos, beaches, private settings, even streets or places in townships and inner cities.

We run the only mobile DCP (Digital Cinema Projection) Unit in the country. Digital Cinema makes it possible to screen the newest releases as well as any older films, and we can help you secure the film rights to do so. We have long-standing relationships with all the relevant film distributors in the country as well as the NZ Film Commission and are happy to do those negotiations on your behalf.

Our set-up allows us to show advertising/promotions/short films etc. in almost any format prior to screenings, during intermissions or as epilogue.

The set-up includes a world class audio system to underline a fantastic picture quality of films of any genre. We can deliver spectacular surround sound for indoor screenings or FM radio transmission into cars for Drive-Ins.

We deliver solutions for :

  • Outdoor screenings (Openair Cinema)
  • Drive In Cinema with Radio Transmission
  • Indoor Cinema set-ups with surround sound
  • Live broadcasting of sports / broadcasting of live signals

Indicative hire costs for our standard package: One-off cinema screenings are from NZ$4'950 plus GST (excluding copyright, generator and transport). Any additional screenings are from NZ$3'500 plus GST per night.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Please check out the Frequently Asked Questions below, so you can tick the boxes and get in touch with us to make a booking.

Usually we use a space of two acres. But depending on the number of patrons you're expecting, the space can be as big as a rugby field or as small as a Tennis court. The screen requires a flat area which is at least 24 meters wide x 20 meters deep.

We can start screening a film after sunset, but ideally 15 minutes after. It's important there's no direct light on the screen during the show. Make sure there's some light after the screening, so people can leave the venue easily.

The speakers are positioned on either side of the screen towards the audience. There's hardly any sound at the rear of the screen. Our sound system is quite powerful, so even if there's a road close by it shouldn't affect the show.

It can be tar sealed, grass or sand. The screen needs to be fixed to the ground on four corners either with weights or earth anchors. The Mobile Projection Unit needs to have access to its final position as well to unload the screen (420 kg).

Rain doesn't affect the picture quality. We're able to stop the screening at anytime to wait for a heavy shower to pass. If wind rises above 40km/h, we have to deflate the screen.

If weather conditions look threatening, Open-Air Cinema Ltd. reserves the right to protect its own equipment by delaying the set-up (until suitable weather conditions exist) or even cancelling the show.

If you're planning an event over several days the Mobile Projection Unit and the screen have to be protected by security guards (damage / theft).

Any accident involving Open-Air Cinema Ltd. equipment or employees of any outside participant is covered by Open-Air Cinema's event liability insurance coverage.

Since our set-up is unique in New Zealand, we advise booking early. During our peak-season (January-March) we are often booked out. We also do indoor screenings and you can hire our projection equipment (including projectionist), with or without sound equipment, or the giant inflatable screen separately.

Yes, we are well experienced in event organisation, advertising and ticketing sales, and are happy to manage your event for you.

We have been involved with many fundraisers, and can offer special discounts, as well as organisation expertise to non-profit organisations, schools, sport teams, etc.

Indicative hire costs for our standard package: One-off cinema screenings are from NZ$4'950 plus GST. Any additional screenings are from NZ$3'500 plus GST per night.
Please remember to consider additional costs for film screening rights, generator hire and transport (if applicable), which are not included in the above indicative costs.

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If you're interested in hiring us or have any questions, then please get in touch: