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Kaupapa - To develop and facilitate safe-space accessible cinematic events to encourage and contribute to the involvement of people being valued, supported & respected within our community.

Developing networks within our local communities, advocacy support groups and organisations - neurodiverse, deaf & hard of hearing, disability services, multi-cultural & migrant groups, LGBTQI+ community, low/no income advocacy groups, mental health support groups, elderly care/dementia support services, family support services, Tertiary institutes and of course independent filmmakers and organisations.

Upcoming events

  • Alex James - Slowing Down Fast Fashion documentary
    Alex James - Slowing Down Fast Fashion documentary
    Thu, 23 May
    23 May 2024, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    23 May 2024, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    Presented by Envirohub as part of their 2024 Sustainable Textiles Programme.
  • Encore Screening - Frances Hodgkins: Anything But A Still Life
    Encore Screening - Frances Hodgkins: Anything But A Still Life
    Sun, 09 Jun
    09 Jun 2024, 1:30 pm – 3:10 pm
    09 Jun 2024, 1:30 pm – 3:10 pm
    By popular demand, we are hosting an encore screening of FRANCES HODGKINS - ANYTHING BUT A STILL LIFE
  • All About ART - Monthly Sunday Arts Documentaries
    All About ART - Monthly Sunday Arts Documentaries
    Sun, 14 Jul
    14 Jul 2024, 1:30 pm – 3:10 pm
    14 Jul 2024, 1:30 pm – 3:10 pm
Upcoming events

In one year, The Village Community Cinema has hosted over 98 events! We have worked with such a diverse range of community members and produced such diverse events;

  • Bay of Plenty independent filmmaker events

  • Multicultural festivals

  • Bollywood film nights

  • Italian food and film screenings

  • Pasifika Film events

  • Sholiday/weekend kids & family screenings

  • Sonic Cinema sensory events

  • Cult Cinema Club pop-up events

  • Private cinematic functions

  • Ethnic festivals

  • Māori Film Showcases

  • Opera Forum Monthly events

  • Community film festivals

  • Envirohub

  • Vintage film events

  • Mums & Bubs cinema screenings

  • Community events

  • LGBTQIA+ events

  • Arthouse & indie film nights

  • Documentaries/short films

  • Q & A events

  • Artist & Director Speaker talks

  • Collaborations with Bio Security Capital NZ & BOP Film

  • Loading Docas

  • Tauranga Polish Community

  • Themed events

and so much more!

Our team


Melanie Mills

Cinema Coordinator


The Village Cinema is an inclusive community venue for the showing of film and associated activities.
We work with organisations, individuals and groups equally to best support the logistics of events.
The films or themes depicted during such events do not by default represent the views of the Incubator Creative Hub team, board or volunteers.

We will not support activity that contravenes any sections of  the NZ Human Rights Act 1993 . 

Our space

Our space
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The Village Cinema is located in the Historic Village at 159, 17th Avenue -Tauranga. The Village was formerly a museum site back in the day, and features clusters of historic buildings - some relocated from historical places around New Zealand. The Village is home to 6 art galleries, designer boutiques, artisan shops, vinyl/record store, a barber, dance studios, The Whipped Baker Café, Whakairo Māori carving studio, a theatre, a boutique cinema, sculpture trails, murals, craft workshops, ceramics & pottery studios, a restaurant, The Men's Shed, a photography studio and plant nursery, upcycled clothing boutiques and many community organisations.

Type of events

Our venue can be used for a range of events; film showcases, podcast filming, performance, private viewings or even work meetings/events - all events must have a film element to it, if you do not have this we have other spaces that may be better suited.


We have free on-street parking spaces on 17th Avenue.  Event staff can arrange with the team to get access for packing and unpacking gear.


We absolutely adore our painted characters on the walls of the cinema and pride ourselves on the personality they bring to our space, however we do understand that for some, they may scare younger children.

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Mural artwork

We pride ourselves on being a vibrant, colourful and creative hub so it was important to us to make our spaces reflect the same values! It was our mission to connect with local artists to bring bold and bright colours into our spaces and that is exactly what they have done!


Sam Allen Gordon

Village Cinema walls

Ally Drury

Village Cinema walls

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