Film, television, and theatre

CoverChristchurch City Libraries connects you with film related books, magazines, reviews, websites and the movies on DVD.

Find movies in our collection

Some of the subjects to search for movies:

Books and film

Find books about movies:

General works on movies themselves are under the subject, then there are headings under names of countries, cities, i.e. Motion pictures – United States.

Books into films

Find posts about and reviews of books that have been adapted into movies or television shows.

New Zealand films

Kanopy - New Zealand cinema
Watch selected New Zealand films online with Kanopy.
New Zealand feature films
Search our catalogue for New Zealand feature films on DVD.
New Zealand on Screen
Hundreds of clips from New Zealand films and television available to watch for free. Includes some full length movies and episodes of television series.

Christchurch - Garden City of New Zealand

Film in Christchurch

Movie theatres
Photographs of movie theatres from our collection.
History of Christchurch cinemas
The Canterbury Film Society has excellent information on the history of Christchurch cinemas. It includes a chronological list of cinemas and their opening dates.
Canterbury Film Society
Non-profit incorporated society that aims to screen interesting films (foreign films in particular).
New Zealand International Film Festival
New Zealand’s popular Film Festival visits Christchurch in winter. 
The Press film reviews
Film reviews on The Press website.

Top movies

Greatest films is a selection of best of lists from Christchurch movie landmark Alice in Videoland.

Internet Movie Database Top 250

Our Internet gateway links to Awards sites and we also have a page on The Academy Awards.

Read posts about film, theatre and television on Christchurch City Libraries’ blog.


Ebsco Megasearch
This source has thousands of magazines fulltext including entertainment magazines.
Watch award-winning independent, international, classic films, and documentaries online.
Naxos Video Library
Naxos brings you streaming video of over 300 classical music performances, opera, ballet, live concerts and documentaries.