Dorothy Brown’s boutique cinema and bookstore has long been an Arrowtown institution and the recent opening of its bar, The Balcony, underlines its funky flair.
The theatre with its eclectic décor, reflecting a mix of romantic charm and quirky modernism, houses large comfy seats with armrests made to measure for wine glasses and cheeseboards, ideal for watching the wide selection of contemporary and arthouse films screening all year round.
The main cinema and a smaller theatre dubbed The Den, along with an outstanding selection of contemporary and classic books, have been enhanced by the novel bar located on a balcony overlooking downtown Arrowtown.
The Balcony manager Alice Caron says it is a beautiful, tastefully furnished space, tucked away behind an imposing black velvet curtain in the foyer, and provides a relaxed ambience for filmgoers before and after a movie.
“With classic movies projected on the wall it’s a wonderful place to meet for drinks, especially our gin specials. Heaters and blankets are available for colder nights or the louvre roof can be opened to enjoy the sun. With views over rooftops and beyond to the hillsides it is a stunning place to sit back and soak up the atmosphere.”
The Balcony is open daily. Four seasonal gin specials are offered from Wednesday until Sunday each week as well as a variety of “mix & match” gin and tonics.
“There are also platters available with fish and chips on Fridays and pizzas on Saturdays. The bar is a great addition to the Dorothy Brown’s experience and can be hired for private use,” says Alice. “You don’t have to combine a visit to the bar with a movie but that’s a great option too.”