Bunkhouse Theatre

Bunkhouse Theatre, Stewart Island: Address, Phone Number, Bunkhouse Theatre Reviews: 4.5/5

Bunkhouse Theatre
4.5
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The Bunkhouse Theatre shows a quirky 40minute film about Stewart Island, titled A LOCAL'S TAIL. A Local's Tail introduces local characters, community colour, and the struggles and triumphs of the island pioneers, both past and present. Producers, Pete Davis and Penny Golias, hope to answer the myriad of questions that holiday makers have about the 'why' and 'how' of Stewart Island, from the most reliable of all sources - the pub (or more accurately, from the yarns overheard at the pub by a local dog). The film shows everyday throughout the summer. See the board outside for daily session times.
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glennandcaz
48 contributions
A good bit of local viewing
Jun 2021
The lovely lady put on a special viewing for us and a few other visitors to the island.
The movie is a little dated now, but there were blankets to keep us warm and we got to meet Lola at the end...and learned a few of the old tails of Stewart Island.
Written 6 June 2021
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JB R
23 contributions
A great way to learn more about the island
Feb 2021
The 40 mn film is a great way to discover the island and some of its quirky stories. And the narrator is a dog that you can meet in the lobby of the cinema...
Written 2 March 2021
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JohnSB3
Wellington, New Zealand784 contributions
A Very Stewart Island Film
Jan 2021
This is Oban’s only picture theatre and its standard feature is a film about Stewart Island made about eight years ago using a dog called Lola as the narrator. The Kinks song Lola is playing as you take your seats. The film was made locally and frankly it’s a bit naïve and is now out of date. However it does give viewers a feel for the history of the place and for the quirkiness of the island and its inhabitants over the years as they have battled the elements and forged a living in a tough environment. Film lasts 40 minutes. Worth seeing I suppose. Place smelt a bit musty.
Written 20 January 2021
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Ezra710
Christchurch, New Zealand1,363 contributions
A wag of a tail
Jan 2021 • Couples
While different from expectations this was an enjoyable and informative 40 minutes. I had hoped for more direct input from some of the locals, but still enjoyed the story as told. EFTPOS is [now] available and they are willing to include the $2 cost of popcorn and give you the needed coin as change. DVD available for purchase [cheaper if you have seen the film]. 53 seat theatre. Fridays to Mondays.
Written 10 January 2021
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Rich5050
5 contributions
A fun 40 minutes
Jan 2021 • Couples
We enjoyed this movie of the history and life of Stewart Island. The popcorn was a treat self-made in the foyer machine. A great experience all round.
Written 8 January 2021
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Patrick M
Madison, Wisconsin, United States26 contributions
Fun and simple
Mar 2020
Its a little theater that shows a silly movie about the history of Stewart Island. And you get the meet the star of the show, Lola the Dog.
Written 3 April 2020
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ursula220
Cairns, Australia264 contributions
Encourages vegetarianism
Mar 2020 • Solo
I was disappointed, like many information in Australia, history starts with white colonisation. And then it was about humans pillaging the earth, from logging, killing seals to whales to baby mutton birds and all the rest that is to kill. I'm encouraged to stay vegetarian after this film. Would love Lola to do another film including Maori history, focus on conservation and preservation. Plus a Kiwi narrator would be nice. Love that accent. Cinema is gorgeous and comfortable.
Written 3 March 2020
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Gillian S
20 contributions
Worth a visit
Jan 2020
I didn’t have any expectations but was taken back in time while watching a 40 minute movie about Stewart Island. Inside the theatre the heater was going and blankets provided. Pop corn was available for purchase, as well as the DVD. Cash only sales.
Written 14 January 2020
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sarahlibrarina
Dunedin, New Zealand30 contributions
Super cute
Jan 2020 • Family
The Bunkhouse theatre was our first stop after settling into our accommodation. We enjoyed the local film - great way to learn a bit about this special place. Lola the dog (and star of the movie) dings the bell to let you know the movie is ready to begin - make sure you bring cash to pay for your tickets, and $2 to use the popcorn machine.
Written 8 January 2020
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24Becky
Dunedin, New Zealand99 contributions
Shut for winter
Oct 2019 • Family
Disappointed to find this was 'shut for winter' during the October school holidays. You can hire a copy of the movie from 4 square but we unfortunately didnt have a DVD player
Written 10 October 2019
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Apologies we missed you. Hope you had a great time on the Island.
Written 15 October 2019
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