Golden Sands residents don’t have to travel far to catch the latest blockbuster movies this summer now the beachside suburb has its very own cinema.
Tivoli Cinema, a 120-seat, three-screen boutique cinema, is now open in the Excelsa Centre complex on the corner of Golden Sands Drive and Papamoa Beach Road.
It is the latest feature in Bluehaven Group’s two-storey complex, joining other retail and eateries including Papa Mo’s, Grill & Green and Great Spice.
In what has been an investment of over $10.3 million by Bluehaven Group, the Excelsa Centre, spanning 2390sqm, creates a central hub for Golden Sands residents – part of Bluehaven Group’s vision to develop high-quality, sustainable communities.
The cinema features three state of the art auditoriums, equipped with fully digital projection. Both theatres are fully air-conditioned and feature 7.1 Dolby surround sound. They are also equipped with the latest hearing-impaired technologies.
“We’ve been open for a month and have absolutely loved getting to know the Golden Sands community,” says Tivoli Cinema owner Karen Hawes.
“The feedback already is that people appreciate having the convenience of a cinema on their doorstep, without having to travel to Mount Maunganui or Tauranga.”
It’s the second cinema under the Tivoli brand co-owned by Karen and Shane Jarrett, who recently moved to Golden Sands after opening their first cinema in Cambridge in 2014.
Independently owned, the cinema chain mixes Karen and Shane’s passion for good film with good hospitality – wine, beer, cheese and antipasto can all be enjoyed while watching a film.
“Just like Cambridge, Golden Sands is a rapidly growing community and needs its own amenities,” explains Karen.
“We identified this and couldn’t be happier to be part of the new Excelsa Centre and Golden Sands lifestyle.”
And as word of the cinema continues to spread she expects a busy summer ahead.
The cinema will bring “more blockbusters” to its traditional boutique offering to accommodate the traditional summer migration of people to the Bay of Plenty.
“Summer is about friends and family so, we are introducing a range of movies that are more inclusive for everyone.
“Showing the latest movies, including Mortal Engines, The Favorite, Mrs Lowry, Aquaman, and Mary Poppins Instant Family, means there are plenty of options for those wishing to catch a movie, no matter their age.”
Bluehaven chief executive Nathan York says when Karen and Shane expressed an interest in opening Tivoli in Excelsa Centre it resonated with him immediately.
“At Bluehaven we are committed to developing a high quality urban environment that all residents and tenants are proud to call home,” says Nathan.
“Golden Sands offers a great lifestyle and I can’t think of a better place to enjoy a meal or a drink with ocean views before settling in to enjoy a quality film.”
The entrance to Tivoli Cinema can be found opposite Great Spice Restaurant in the Excelsa Centre and accessed by both stairs and lift. It is open from 10.45am to 11pm Tuesday through Sunday.