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The Embassy Theatre is New Zealand's grandest picture palace.

This historic theatre, originally built in 1926 was fully refurbished inside and out in 2003 for the world premiere of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

Since then, the theatre has hosted the Australasian premieres of Peter Jackson's King Kong and The Lovely Bones, among many of Wellington's finest film and arts festivals.

It's also where the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was held on 28 November 2012: view our photos of the red carpet celebration.

An iconic Wellington landmark, The Embassy is situated at the head of New Zealand's famous entertainment precinct - Courtenay Place - drawing people in to see movies in a real cinema environment that is lost in the modern multiplexes.

The Embassy has retained many fine features such as its marbled staircases, wrought iron handrails, original tiled foyers and exquisite plastered ceilings despite many upgrades over the decades.

With this to build on, the refurbishment included a new, giant cinemascope screen and state-of-the-art sound system; luxury seating; stylish environs and a restoration that is faithful to its origins of the last century yet sympathetic to the new millennium.

December 2011 marked another event in the Embassy's history with the opening of two new boutique cinemas and lounge bar in the space created by the 2003 refurbishment. This area was home to original orchestra pit used in the 1920's and 30's when playing silent films.

The two new cinemas house 70 seats each and are named deLuxe after the original name of the building.

The lounge-bar combines historical opulence with a modern twist - definitely a space to check out and enjoy a New Zealand wine, cocktail or a warm cup of coffee next to the fireplace on a winter's day.

The Embassy also houses Blondini's Cafe & Bar on the upper level which is both special and unique as it overlooks the nightlife of Courtenay Place. Blondini's Bar and Cafe is also equipped with Wi-Fi.

Movies play every day through the year, from the latest 3D blockbuster, art-house wonder and those in between.