THE Southland premiere of Pork Pie will still be a red-carpet affair despite the event being downsized.
The premiere was to be held on February 1 at the Civic Theatre, which has capacity for about 1000 people, but last week the Invercargill City Council (ICC) announced the event would now take place at Reading Cinemas, which has capacity for 540.
“Wherever it goes, it will create excitement and interest, and awe at the beauty of our country,” Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt said.
ICC chief executive Richard King said the council found out last week there was to be a nationwide advanced screening of the movie at Reading Cinemas the same night as the Civic Theatre premiere, so the council decided to change the venue for the premiere to the cinema complex.
The decision to change venues was not taken lightly, but it was the practical thing to do, he said
“There are significant costs to install projection gear in the Civic Theatre. Once we learned that the film would be shown in Invercargill that same night, the prudent decision was to change to a venue that already had that projection equipment built-in.”
The ICC had hired the entire cinema complex for the premiere.
“We are still planning a red-carpet event.
“The red carpet will stretch from the corner of Esk and Dee Sts to Reading Cinemas, where people can watch the cast, crew and VIPs make their entrance to the venue.”
ICC communications manager Eirwen Harris Mitchell said 202 tickets had been allocated for the Civic Theatre event, 102 of which had been paid for.
Those who had bought tickets to the Civic Theatre event could come into the council with their tickets this week to receive a full refund. They would also have first refusal of tickets to the Reading Cinemas’ event, she said.
“We really apologise if we have inconvenienced people who had bought tickets to the Civic, but we had to look at the big picture… [holding the premiere at the Civic Theatre] was not financially viable.
“It is fabulous to have [the film’s cast and crew] here to celebrate, but we have to do it in a sensible manner.”
There had also been a change to the after-function.
Bill Richardson Transport World was originally set to host a drinks function following the screening but it had since changed it to a Meet the Stars Breakfast the following morning.
Ms Harris Mitchell said about 135 tickets had been allocated to the Bill Richardson Transport World evening function but only 35 to 40 of those had been paid for.
Bill Richardson Transport World tourism operations manager Hannah Whyte said the timing of the premiere had meant the after-function, which incorporated the unveiling of Transport World’s new Pork Pie display, would have had to take place a lot later than originally planned.
“Guests to our breakfast can expect a full buffet breakfast, a sneak peek of our new Pork Pie display, a visit to Bill Richardson Transport World and an exclusive opportunity to meet the cast and crew of the movie.”
Cast and crew scheduled to attend the premiere and Meet the Stars Breakfast include actors James Rolleston, Dean O’Gorman, Rima Te Waita, producer Tom Hern and director Matt Murphy.
Pork Pie premiere, Reading Cinemas, Wednesday, February 1, 7pm. Tickets $25 (booking fees may apply) available exclusively at the ICC ticket office.