ABOUT ALICE

We opened in 1985 on Hereford Street as Alice in Videoland, a little shop determined to whet the appetites of discriminating film-lovers who were being left hungry by the limited selection at their local video chain. Screeds of cinematic wealth were going to waste, all but unavailable to the public, hidden away in the dark where only the most lucky or determined of cinephiles could reach them. Alice’s brought these films into the light, and became a place celebrating not just the rare and the unusual, but films of all kinds, from all over the world. Our collection today remains second to none, a comprehensive library where foreign films, documentaries, cult and arthouse titles are packed right alongside the best mainstream film has to offer, a library that is ever-growing thanks to the efforts of our knowledgeable staff.

Now known simply as Alice and located in the old Post Office building on Tuam Street, we still provide all the services we’ve become known for, but have been slowly expanding our reaches outward in order to become the ultimate experience for the film-lover in all of us. This began in 2012 with the installation of our first cinema, the Egyptian, finally giving us a platform to show all kinds of new and exciting films that are often passed over by the larger cinemas.

The installation of our second cinema, a luxurious Wonderland themed theatre, has brought with it a reinvention of our entire site, including an improved Egyptian theatre, a redesigned browsing experience, a brand new foyer area, and a licenced bar with an assortment of unique cinema snacks. On the rental side, we’re proud to offer new unlimited DVD monthly subscriptions, free DVD home delivery, and a new recommendations tool where we make you a personalised list of 300 films to watch. We’re also thrilled to announce exciting events like Retro Fridays and Classic Matinees that will be taking place in our theatres, as well our new Alice Social Club which brings like-minded film enthusiasts together to discuss and watch quality cinema together.

Alice is better than ever, so whether you are one of our cherished regulars or a new face looking for a place to meet your every filmic need, come on in to our incredible world where you can discover (and rediscover) the best cinema has to offer in an experience like no other.

  • review rating 5  Best video store in Christchurch, as a film student it is one of the only places I have been able to find many of the films I have studied, it is a film lovers dream and the staff are really helpful and knowledgeable.

    thumb Emma Power
    11/07/2018
  • review rating 5  I am from the states where the cinemas are mammoth in scope and attendance. Alice offers something that the states have lost decades ago and misses entirely now in their pursuit of their 'holy and sacred' profits... a really quality cinema experience!Alice affords a venue of small, intimate, high quality. The service is extremely personable and friendly. The lobby atmosphere given the decor, patrons and staff is fabulous! The cost is embarrassing low for the fabulous experience and service afforded their customers.Apologies... have to scoot to catch the next feature film... au revoir mes amis!

    thumb george guthrie
    1/09/2019
  • review rating 5  Alice Had place all the ingredients to give us an enjoyable night at the movies. Free parking next door, polite and helpful people who booked our seats when we rang earlier. The good service continued when we collected the tickets at the counter and purchased a chocolate top ice cream in a waffle cone - delicious🤗

    thumb Martin Loveday
    3/10/2019
  • review rating 5  This is one of the greens of Christchurch. One of the pieces of charm that has survived the times and survived the quakes. If you are a film buff this is the place for you. They have an incredible selection of films ranging from New released to foreign and classics and their special collection of the 300 best films ever made always provides something interesting to watch.

    thumb Raphael Nolden
    6/19/2018
  • review rating 5  Had a brilliant night at the movies. Wednesday night my friend and I went to see Bad Times at the El Royale. We had the theatre to ourselves. The movie was great, very tense, there was lots of screaming and laughter. We were grateful to have the place to ourselves. Not so good for Alice. A real gem in the city.

    thumb Susan Anderson
    10/29/2018

DVD RENTAL PRICES

General Hire $6
3 General Hires $15
Box Sets $12
New Releases (3 days) $8
Monthly Subscriptions Starting at $14.95

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TICKET PRICES

Adult $17.00
Seniors, Students & Children $12.00
Adult Group of 5 $13.00pp

CINEMA DAILY SPECIALS

Free Standard DVD Hire With Every Cinema Ticket
Monday – Free New Release DVD Hire with Every Ticket
Tuesdays – $12 Adults, $11 Seniors

Excludes public holidays

Wednesdays $11 Seniors
Thursdays – $11 Students

Alice, formally known as Alice in Videoland trades under the legal name of ALICE 2012 LIMITED.
Alice is New Zealand owned for trading/registration purposes

Contact us the old way

Phone: 03 3650 615
209 Tuam St, Christchurch Central

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We Are On The Corner Of Tuam & High St