Down at Orakei Bay Village, you will find Silky Otter Cinemas, the new luxury cinema that is redefining the movie-going experience. The premise upon which the cinema was founded was ‘community’, and anyone who visits the cinema will see and experience the care and thought that has gone into the new complex.
Managing Director of the Otter Group Ahmed Almukhtar, along with a few movie-lover friends, started the cinema after seeing a real need for a local cinema that had its surrounding community in mind. And so, after a lot of hard work, the Orakei Bay Village site opened in September last year.
Ahmed himself has worked in and around the film industry for years, and the Otter Group, which runs Silky Otter, has had decades of experience across the New Zealand cinema industry. The team are always open to new ideas and love to hear what their local movie-goers want to see and experience.
“Our team that works behind the scenes are all passionate about everything film related and want to make sure that our audiences have worry-free movie going experience. One unique aspect of all screenings at Silky Otter is that they are ad-free. All films start at their scheduled time, with only three trailers played before each film, so the audience doesn’t need to sit through half an hour of ads,” says Ahmed.
Another great perk for those over 65 is that Silky Otter Cinemas has a ‘Seniors Club’, the benefits of which include $12 tickets to day-time screenings Monday to Friday, and exclusive discounts on movie snacks.
“We are always keen to hear from those in the community about what they would like to see and experience, we are more than happy to cater to your needs whether it is for an event or private function. For example, if you wanted a special screening for a group of people at a particular time, Silky Otter will work with you to make this happen,” says Ahmed.
The Otter Group are underway with the development of a new 8-screen multiplex in Christchurch, and they have just announced their plans to build another multi-screen cinema in Richmond West, near Nelson.
Ahmed says, “we are really looking forward to expanding Silky Otter across the country to provide a unique movie-going experience for as many Kiwis as we can.”