NEW ZEALAND — A second year of closure for the Regal Cinemas in Wellington has been lifted.
The Cinemas at Wellington’s Kendall Square have been closed for nearly a year after an inspection found the state of the building was in serious condition.
The cinema, which opened in 2009, was the last remaining Regal cinema in the city and had been the subject of a two-year closure due to a series of health and safety issues.
Regal had said the cinema would reopen in early 2018 after the state’s health and industrial licensing agency approved plans to build a new cinema.
The company said it had been in discussions with the Regals managing director, Chris Williams, and the Wellington city council to resume its operations.
The Wellington City Council said it would “consider further action” if the situation did not improve and it would be up to Wellington City Police to decide whether to impose a curfew.
“We have to make sure there’s an environment that’s safe and comfortable for people to come and visit the cinemas and there’s always a risk that something could go wrong,” Mayor Celia Wade said.
Regal Cinemases managing director Chris Williams said he had been informed by Wellington city officials about the condition of the Regala cinemas.
Williams said the company was “hopeful” that the Rega cinema would return to operations soon.
Regala Cinemas was the first Regal in the country to close in the wake of an earthquake in 2011.