A Message from the Regent Centre General Manager in Christchurch regarding Coronavirus

As of Tuesday 17 March 2020 at 5.00pm, the Regent Centre will be temporarily postponing all films and events until further notice. We are taking this action in response to the announcement by the government that members of the public should avoid theatres, clubs, pubs and restaurants and in consideration for the health and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers, and the community. This is a difficult decision to make, but it is a necessary one.

We have always prided ourselves on being an inclusive place where people gather, drawn together not just by the latest events, but by a sense of community. This has always been our greatest strength, but right now, under these extraordinary circumstances, it is also what creates an avoidable risk.

Although our doors will be closed, we plan to stay busy at the Regent Centre. First, we’ll continue our programme of cleaning and improvements around the building. We’ll then prepare for our refurbishment this summer. We’ll also continue programming into the times that we are planning to re-open.

It is impossible to realize the full impact the coronavirus will have on the Regent Centre and other local arts organisations. If you are a ticket holder, we will be contacting you in the coming weeks regarding the status of your transaction. You do not need to contact us. If your event remains postponed or cancelled, we’ll discuss whether you’d like to support us by donating your tickets to our development fund. Alternatively, we may ask if you’d like to convert your tickets into a gift voucher to use at another time. With a reduced number of staffing, it may take us some time to contact you so please do bear with us.

We look forward to when the risk of the virus has abated and when we can welcome audiences back to the Regent Centre. Until then, we remain grateful for everyone’s support, patience and understanding. For updates and news, please visit our web site, read our emails or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Matthew Vass-White

General Manager

The Regent Christchurch