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The Century Theatre, built in 1977 as a concert chamber to commemorate Napier’s first century as a city, is the setting for the museum's performing arts, film and talks programme. The Theatre bar opens one hour before every show and sells a range of confectionery, alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages.

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July 2020

NZ Mountain Film Festival – 'National Tour' - Hawkes Bay

NZ Mountain Film Festival – 'National Tour' - Hawkes Bay

Returning to the Bay, we have the popular NZ Mountain Film Festival National Tour with its amazing films celebrating outdoor adventurers getting out there and doing it! Internationally recognised as one of the world’s premier mountain film festival events an audience can expect up-close...

Date: Saturday 11 July
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZ Mountain Film Festival – 'National Tour' - Hawkes Bay


NZIFF - True History of the Kelly Gang *OPENING NIGHT*

NZIFF - True History of the Kelly Gang *OPENING NIGHT*

From Sir Sydney Nolan’s epic paintings to Peter Carey’s Booker-winning novel, Ned Kelly has come a long way to find himself thundering on horseback across a barren moonlit landscape, dressed only in boots and a flowing lace frock, in this dazzling postmodern version of the outlaw...

Date: Friday 24 July
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - True History of the Kelly Gang *OPENING NIGHT*


NZIFF - Heroic Losers

NZIFF - Heroic Losers

After being scammed into bankruptcy, a community of working-class Argentines band together to devise the ultimate payback – an elaborate money heist inspired by the movies – in Sebastián Borensztein’s winning underdog comedy. Ricardo Darín, Argentina’s rustic leading everyman and no...

Date: Saturday 25 July
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - Heroic Losers


NZIFF - In the Name of the Land

NZIFF - In the Name of the Land

A revelation at the French box office that’s also bound to resonate with heartland New Zealanders, In the Name of the Land humanely and bittersweetly celebrates the life of a stoic farmer over four decades of struggle. In this heart-aching family saga set in the Mayenne district of France,...

Date: Saturday 25 July to Tuesday 28 July
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - In the Name of the Land


NZIFF - The Truth

NZIFF - The Truth

After conquering Cannes with Shoplifters, Japanese auteur Kore-eda Hirokazu breathlessly transposes his beloved cinema of families, food and slow-burning truths to Paris, with an all-star cast led by two doyennes of the French silver screen. Japan’s modern master of the family drama slides...

Date: Saturday 25 July to Monday 27 July
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - The Truth


NZIFF - If Only

NZIFF - If Only

Ginevra Elkann’s lovely directorial debut, set in the early 90s and based on her own childhood, finds three siblings arriving in Rome from Paris on a visit to their unreliable father, where family tensions and spontaneous fun mix. Peppy eight-year-old Alma (Oro De Commarque, an adorable new...

Date: Sunday 26 July
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - If Only


NZIFF - While at War

NZIFF - While at War

The acclaimed director of The Sea Inside returns with his most handsomely mounted film yet, an expansive yet deep-focus drama detailing events around the Spanish Civil War and the rise of Franco’s fascist dictatorship. In Alejandro Amenábar latest film, celebrated Spanish writer Miguel de...

Date: Sunday 26 July to Wednesday 29 July
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - While at War


NZIFF - Relic

NZIFF - Relic

A female-centric, intergenerational haunted house story of the highest order, Relic takes the terrifying conceit of senile dementia and transforms it into a supernatural entity that engulfs sufferers and those who care for them. Like the much-heralded The Babadook (NZIFF14), Relic was a Sundance...

Date: Sunday 26 July
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - Relic


NZIFF - Rurangi

NZIFF - Rurangi

Premiering their forthcoming web series as a special festival presentation, director Max Currie (Everything We Loved, NZIFF14) and writer Cole Meyers’ queer and trans-positive drama swells with character and heart. A young trans activist, Caz (Elz Carrad), breaks down in tears in front of a...

Date: Monday 27 July
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - Rurangi


NZIFF - Corpus Christi

NZIFF - Corpus Christi

An ex-con masquerading as a priest works to heal the wounds of a grieving congregation with his unorthodox brand of faith and forgiveness in this darkly compelling Oscar-nominated Polish drama. In Jan Komasa’s enthralling redemption tale, troublemaker Daniel (a magnetic Bartosz Bielenia),...

Date: Tuesday 28 July to Saturday 1 August
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - Corpus Christi


NZIFF - The Girl on the Bridge

NZIFF - The Girl on the Bridge

In the increasing public discourse on mental health, Leanne Pooley’s inspiring and fearless documentary tracks an extraordinary young woman’s journey from suicide survivor to advocate for those struggling. The fact it leaves you hopeful and with tangible advice makes it vital viewing. Almost...

Date: Wednesday 29 July
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - The Girl on the Bridge


NZIFF - True History of the Kelly Gang

NZIFF - True History of the Kelly Gang

From Sir Sydney Nolan’s epic paintings to Peter Carey’s Booker-winning novel, Ned Kelly has come a long way to find himself thundering on horseback across a barren moonlit landscape, dressed only in boots and a flowing lace frock, in this dazzling postmodern version of the outlaw...

Date: Thursday 30 July
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - True History of the Kelly Gang


NZIFF - Wendy

NZIFF - Wendy

Something completely different from the director of Beasts of the Southern Wild (NZIFF12), this swirling, kaleidoscopic take on the adventures of Peter Pan and Wendy in Neverland is uniquely for both mature kids and wide-eyed adults. The eight long years since Benh Zeitlin’s magical first...

Date: Thursday 30 July to Sunday 2 August
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - Wendy


NZIFF - The County

NZIFF - The County

It is predictably Nordic that a film portraying the struggle for justice against a mafia-like co-operative in a windblown Icelandic hamlet, where the elements have etched the passage of time into the handsome but weathered faces of both Inga and her husband Reynir much as the rugged terrain they...

Date: Friday 31 July to Sunday 2 August
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - The County


NZIFF - Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie's Dead Aunt)

NZIFF - Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie's Dead Aunt)

In this bright, affirmative lesbian teen rom-com, a girl awkwardly angles for the attention of her high school crush with a little help from the ghost of her aunt, a queer activist with a poignant history in the fight for LGBTQI+ rights. It’s hard enough being a high school student, but Ellie...

Date: Friday 31 July
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie's Dead Aunt)


August 2020

NZIFF - Corpus Christi

NZIFF - Corpus Christi

An ex-con masquerading as a priest works to heal the wounds of a grieving congregation with his unorthodox brand of faith and forgiveness in this darkly compelling Oscar-nominated Polish drama. In Jan Komasa’s enthralling redemption tale, troublemaker Daniel (a magnetic Bartosz Bielenia),...

Date: Tuesday 28 July to Saturday 1 August
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - Corpus Christi


NZIFF - The Perfect Candidate

NZIFF - The Perfect Candidate

Saudi superstar director Haifaa Al-Mansour’s latest is a winning homecoming; a seriocomic look at the daily struggles of a doctor running for council – and her fellow women and outsiders – within an Islamic society undergoing dramatic change. With progressive moves underway to reform life...

Date: Saturday 1 August
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - The Perfect Candidate


NZIFF - Loimata

NZIFF - Loimata

Director Anna Marbrook honours the last voyage of the great waka maker, sailor and mentor Ema Siope, whose journeys between Aotearoa and Sāmoa in search of healing, and her family’s reckoning with systemic abuse, are powerfully documented. The redemptive tale of waka builder and captain Lilo...

Date: Saturday 1 August
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - Loimata


NZIFF - Wendy

NZIFF - Wendy

Something completely different from the director of Beasts of the Southern Wild (NZIFF12), this swirling, kaleidoscopic take on the adventures of Peter Pan and Wendy in Neverland is uniquely for both mature kids and wide-eyed adults. The eight long years since Benh Zeitlin’s magical first...

Date: Thursday 30 July to Sunday 2 August
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - Wendy


NZIFF - Once Were Brothers

NZIFF - Once Were Brothers

The saga of The Band, whose iconic farewell concert was immortalised in The Last Waltz, continues to captivate in this new documentary shaped from the perspective of guitarist-songwriter Robbie Robertson, only one of two surviving members. In a sense Robbie Robertson only has one story, but...

Date: Sunday 2 August
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - Once Were Brothers


NZIFF - The County

NZIFF - The County

It is predictably Nordic that a film portraying the struggle for justice against a mafia-like co-operative in a windblown Icelandic hamlet, where the elements have etched the passage of time into the handsome but weathered faces of both Inga and her husband Reynir much as the rugged terrain they...

Date: Friday 31 July to Sunday 2 August
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - The County


Amalia Hall with Stephen De Pledge

Amalia Hall with Stephen De Pledge

Saint-Saëns jokingly told his publisher that his Violin Sonata should be called “the hippogriffsonata”, insinuating that only a mythical creature could play the violin part. Written in the year between his widely-known masterpiece Carnival of the Animals and his “Organ” Symphony,...

Date: Tuesday 4 August
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Amalia Hall with Stephen De Pledge


NZ String Quartet | Beethoven | Universal

NZ String Quartet | Beethoven | Universal

This year the New Zealand String Quartet are celebrating a massive composer with a massive tour. The 2020 National Tour brings Beethoven back on his 250th birthday, travelling throughout New Zealand between June and October. This is your chance to rejoice in these charismatic and distinctive works,...

Date: Wednesday 12 August
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZ String Quartet | Beethoven | Universal


October 2020

Doric String Quartet: CANCELLED

Doric String Quartet: CANCELLED

If the bar for quartet excellence was already set stratospherically high, the UK’s Doric String Quartet has surely launched it into orbit. Founded in 1998, the Quartet has firmly established itself as the leading British string quartet of its generation, receiving enthusiastic responses from...

Date: Monday 12 October
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Doric String Quartet: CANCELLED


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