Welcome to Bridgeway Cinemas - one of Auckland's best and most vibrant arthouse cinemas. We offer the very best in new release arthouse films together with upmarket commercial releases, regular special film events and festivals, all in a warm, intimate environment of architectural design.
Established in 1927, the Onewa Picture Drome (now the Bridgeway) and the Waitemata Bus & Transport Company Ltd bus barn, offices and several shops were built in 1927 by E. and J. Fraser, engineers. By 1929, the theatre's name had changed to the Palais because of the free
dances, parties and fancy dress occasions that were held after the pictures, with the theatre seats pushed back to the walls. It was renamed King's Theatre during the 1930s and The Bridgeway after the Harbour Bridge was built. The cinema underwent major refurbishment in 2000, and the old bus barn became a second cinema. When the Waitemata Bus Co. was first established after the World War I, the distinctive red buses were housed in the old
wooden barn behind the cinema in Clarence Rd.
On the ground floor a wheelchair/disabled lift is available for your use. All of our cinemas have easy wheelchair access, and are wheelchair friendly. All cinemas are fitted with assistive listening devices, which are suitable for people with hearing aids.