IMAX with laser opens at Queensgate in time for Avatar


The world’s most innovative movie-going experience arrives in Wellington

The wait is over, Wellingtonians can now experience IMAX WITH LASER at the all-new Event Cinemas Queensgate, opening just in time for the release of AVATAR: The Way of Water on Thursday 15 December.

Christmas has come early for cinema goers with New Zealand’s second IMAX opening at the Queensgate cinema complex 20 years after the first came to Auckland. The Capital can now boast IMAX’s most advanced theatre experience alongside the City of Sails.

IMAX WITH LASER has been developed from the ground-up to be immersive by design and deliver crystal clear, lifelike images and precision audio for a movie going experience unlike anything else.

It is unmatched with a ground-breaking 4K laser projection system that features a new optical engine, custom designed lenses, and a suite of proprietary technology that delivers brighter images with increased resolution, deeper contrast, and the widest range of colours exclusively to IMAX screens.

“The introduction of our IMAX with Laser system brings our most immersive moviegoing experience to Wellington right in time for one of this year’s must-see films, ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’,” said Giovanni Dolci, Chief Sales Officer for IMAX. “Event Cinemas Queensgate will be a game changer for fans as we head into a robust and exciting movie offering over the course of 2023, as well,” added Giovanni.

Event Cinemas General Manager for Entertainment New Zealand, Carmen Switzer says, “We are thrilled to introduce IMAX WITH LASER in perfect timing for the release of the most anticipated film of the year, AVATAR: The Way of Water.

“We can’t wait for Lower Hutt and Wellington locals to experience AVATAR to the fullest with the biggest screen, heart pounding audio and vibrant images for the ultimate big screen experience at our revamped Queensgate Cinemas,” concluded Carmen.

Movie goers will have the choice to upgrade their seat to match their mood. Every cinema will give guests options to switch up their experience from spacious standardseating to the laid-back luxury of full recliners.

In addition to IMAX, Event Cinemas Queensgate will re-open with an amazing food and beverage experience including an eye-popping Candy Bar, and a PLAY entertainment arcade to hang out with friends.

IMAX WITH LASER opens during phase one of the Cinema’s reopening. Full completion of Event Cinemas Queensgate will be early 2023. 

For tickets to AVATAR: The Way of Water at Event Cinemas Queensgate, visit