Festivals & Events

Festival Terms and Conditions
Methods of payment
State Cinemas Movie Gift Cards/Cash/EFTPOS: Accepted for box office bookings only.
Credit cards: Accepted for all bookings. Please note that State Cinemas (yellow) Free Vouchers and Hoyts Vouchers are not accepted.

Ticket Collection
All advance bookings can be collected from the Self Ticketing Kiosks located in both the State Cinemas Nelson and Suter Art Gallery foyers.

Please note: NO REFUNDS will be given for uncollected tickets or tickets collected late. Bookings once made cannot be altered. Please choose carefully as there are no exchanges or refunds except as required by law. Refunds may be authorised for COVID-19 related reasons.

For more info, feel free to call us on 03 548 3885, or head to our Pricing and Policy page

Whanau Marama New Zealand International Film Festival 2022 | 17 to 28 Aug

Here's the news you've been waiting for – Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival will be going ahead in August 2022 in Nelson.

The film festival will open in Auckland at the majestic The Civic on July 28, with Wellington opening the following week, Christchurch and Dunedin opening on August 11, with the regions – Hamilton, Tauranga, Hawke's Bay, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Masterton, Nelson, Timaru and Gore – to follow. Details of the regional festivals are still to be confirmed.

Italian Film Festival 2022 | 9 to 27 Nov


More details to come!

National Theatre Live

Our NT Live screenings have returned for 2022!

We're starting the season with Leopoldstadt - a family's story passing through the convulsions of war, revolution, impoverishment and the Holocaust. Then Jodie Comer (Killing Eve) stars in Prima Facie, as Tessa - a young, bright barrister who has worked her way to the top! Next, we're excited to present The Book of Dust, a gripping adaptation set twelve years before the "His Dark Materials" trilogy. Last, but not least, we have Straight Line Crazy where Ralph Fiennes (Harry Potter, KIngsman) plays a New York master manipulator. 

If you would like to be added to our mailout list please email us at promotions@statecinemas.co.nz 

Met Opera

The 15th season of Live in HD kicks off with the epic Boris Godunov, starring the great German bass René Pape as the tragic tsar at the centre of Mussorgsky’s masterpiece. Followed by historic Met premiere of Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones, the first opera presented at the Met by a Black composer, based on the New York Times bestselling memoir by Charles M. Blow. Later Tony Award–winning director Bartlett Sher creates a bold new take on Verdi’s timeless tragedy Rigoletto. In exciting news for the first time in company history, the Met presents the original five-act French version of Verdi’s epic opera Don Carlos, in which Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads a starry cast. 

Download The MetOpera 2022 Flyer 

If you would like to be added to our mailout list please email us at promotions@statecinemas.co.nz.


Corporate Movie Events

Impress your clients or reward and motivate your team with an exclusive movie event! You can host your next event at the Suter Theatre in Bridge Street or if our programming allows at State Cinemas.

Enquire here.

Movie Fundraisers

A movie night is a flexible fundraiser that can be tailored to meet your club’s needs. Very simply, the plan is to encourage attendees to watch a movie together and utilise the gathering to raise funds for your club. A club can aim to make money off the movie tickets, the food and catering or upon raffle tickets sold on the night.

Enquire here.