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Dorothy Browns

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Address: Buckingham Street, Arrowtown, New Zealand
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+64 3-442 1968

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Both the main theatre and the den provide a relaxed movie experience, and cheeseboard dining while watching the movie just adds to it all. Comfy seats, boutique feel, friendly... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Gerard H
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
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Tempe, Arizona
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I showed up to a movie showing the other week and was chastised by a middle aged blond woman for not booking seats ahead of time and was rudely turned away. I decided to give the theater another go and booked for the following weekend with hopes of having a better experience. (I had to go in person to book... More 

Thank 824jackief
Queenstown, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We are regulars to Dorothy Browns and generally love the experience. However we and others believe that jaffas in cellophane bags with little paper tied ribbons should be banned from any movie theatre. We had to endure jaffa munching cellophane wrapper crunching individuals with no sense or awareness of their disruption....popcorn is the next pet hate. Truly boutique cinemas differentiate... More 

Thank 66Kiwi
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
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19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Both the main theatre and the den provide a relaxed movie experience, and cheeseboard dining while watching the movie just adds to it all. Comfy seats, boutique feel, friendly staff all make for a great night. And intermission!!! I love intermission here, and miss it in the big commercial multiplexes. Not as cheap as a a multiplex but well worth... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

I love the cinema and watching new movies in all their glory. I'd heard a lot of people talking about Dorothy Brown's so had to give it a go. My first time I watched La La Land. There must have been a new person on the till as it took forever to get the tickets. Also I made the mistake... More 

Thank Poppy G
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8 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

A delightful experience with armchairs and rugs. No masses here in this small personal experience cinema. Have a cheese platter or a wine with your movie.

Thank Suzi R
United States
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26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

You'll love heading over to Dorothy Brown's. We make the trip from an hour away to go watch a movie here. It's got great atmosphere, good tea or cold drinks, and a good lineup of mainstream and alternative movies. Worth the visit.

Thank mtnspiritorg
Harrogate, England, United Kingdom
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340 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Went to the cinema...however this venue is no ordinary place. Small cosy and relaxing . The film sound quality was excellent and everyone in 'the den' got a good view. I think there could be fourteen seats in total. Comfortable sofas felt like watching at home. Very nice evening.

Thank ladiesabouttown
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111 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

If the weather outside isnt great, then this is surely an experience to go for. We stepped in to watch a movie in the afternoon. Its a plush old-world style cinema with an eclectic selection of movies. The wine was a bit expensive and not-really-good. The cheese platter was nice though.

Thank AshishNichani
Invercargill, New Zealand
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

My husband and I went and viewed a movie a few weeks ago, before we went into the cinema we thought we would buy a drink, after requesting a rose' wine and being told it was the wrong time of the year for that sort if wine I decided to have a mulled wine, the man serving me poured it... More 

Thank sueR7787WF
Wanaka, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

This claims to be a boutique style cinema when in fact it is tired & dated,the chairs were stained and some ripped.The floor had popcorn on it so had not been cleaned between screenings.The ceiling is covered with a quilted fabric and there were parts of it hanging down. I expected a luxury cinema but unfortunately this was not the... More 

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