The Reel Story: A History of Napier and Hastings Cinemas 1896-1996
catalogues the cinemas built in the Hastings and Napier central business
districts during this period. This book also tells the stories of ‘show
stoppers’ – when disasters such as the 1931 Hawke’s Bay Earthquake
wrecked and closed every cinema in Hastings and Napier, and the
triumphant rebuilding in magnificent Art Deco and Spanish Mission
styles. There are also tributes to some managers and projectionists from a
bygone era: when the age of the ‘showman’ was truly alive.
Relive the cinema nostalgia of your youth, and be fascinated by this
well-loved industry within the pages of this book.
The Hastings side of the book was compiled by
Chartered Accountant and ElT Lecturer Michael
(Chook) Fowler, who was born in Hastings in
1964. An avid historian, he has written a number
of books on Hastings’ history, now adding
Hastings cinema to his store of knowledge.
Michael is a huge fan of cinema and can
remember the first-ever film he saw at the
Waipukurau Theatre aged six, which was a John
Born in Napier in 1940, David Turnbull has had a
life-long love of films and cinemas. He started
collecting projectors at age 15, with his first being
a 9.5 Norris. David was a foundation member of
the New Zealand Film Buff Association at its
inception in 1984. The Association now numbers
around 200 members, and David has been
president since 1988. The material for the Napier
part of the book has been the result of 20 years’
research. David is now an avid 16mm enthusiast.
In as new condition. A must for fans of the cinema in Napier and Hastings!
191 pages. 1st edition. Published in 2008.