We can't complain really, it has been TEN DAYS of sunshine; I don't know about you but we NEVER experience that kind of continuous "You Can't Beat Wellington On A Good Day!" for 10 days!
To make full use of this Sunny Sunday, we had a yum-char at a Chinese joint that we have not been for a long time... Le Gen insisted they got themselves a NEW chef, we were disappointed! I vaguely remember the previous chef was slightly better ;)
The glorious sunny Wellington Sunday, one for the album before we head for a disappointing yum-char ;)
A short 10 minutes drive took us to Brooklyn, not THAT Brooklyn! Duh!
The Wellington Korean Church overlooking Ohiro Road in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn, a suburb of Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand. Brooklyn is a blend of circa 1900 weatherboard villa / bungalow houses around the central part of Brooklyn, blending more recent subdivisions built in the 1970s and 1990s. The shops / bars / cinema / food outlets have created a village atmosphere. The inner city suburb is popular with families and renters for its proximity to the Wellington CBD (10 minutes drive) and access to Wellingtons south coast (an easy 10 minutes in the other direction). - Wikipedia
The reason we are in Brooklyn was to watch "The Quartet", a much acclaimed movie directed by Dustin Hoffman; at the Penthouse Cinema.
comedy-drama film based on the play of the same title by Ronald Harwood, which ran in London's West End from 1999 - 2000.
The film stars Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly and Pauline Collins as retired opera singers who annually put on a concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday, however the arrival of Jean (Smith) disrupts the equilibrium. It was filmed in its entirety at Hedsor House, Buckingham shire in autumn 2011. The film is actor Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut. - Wikipedia
Personally, I was not that impressed by the film; but the little cinema, The Penthouse... is something else!! :)
According to the Penthouse Cinema history...
Constructed for the Ranish family in the art deco style, it opened on 15 June 1939 as the Vogue Theatre.
The Ranish family ran the cinema until 1951, when the Vogue Company Limited took over. The Vogue Company turned the cinema into a television studio where TV commercials were shot.
The building was renamed the Penthouse Cinema when it was bought by Merv and Carol Kisby in 1975. Since then additional screens have been added, as well as refurbishment of the interior in keeping with its original style.
family week end in Napier, I was really stoke by their many art deco building!
The cosy cafe serves a good variety of cabinet food that you can take into the movie theater or to have before/or after a movie. Cool eh?
We had a "Flat White" each and a yummy ginger roll while waiting to go into the cinema.
To the show! To the show!
To all my Malaysian friends... if you are visiting Wellington, go watch a show at this lovely cinema; take your coffee with you into the cinema... you will love it!