Courtenay Central and Reading Cinemas set to reopen in the next fortnight

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The Reading Cinemas and Courtenay Central building on Courtenay Place has been off-limits for weeks following the ...

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The Reading Cinemas and Courtenay Central building on Courtenay Place has been off-limits for weeks following the magnitude 7.8 quake in November last year.

The Courtenay Central complex is set to reopen within the next fortnight, after being forced to close when the nearby Reading Cinema car park was deemed to be at risk of collapse.

While the car park remains a demolition site, the cinema confirmed on Wednesday that it will be inviting film-goers back to its premises on Thursday, March 23.

Wellington City Council project manager Phil Becker said that, while one upstairs cinema had sustained “some damage”, the rest of the complex was likely to be reopened.

He said getting customers back in to the precinct again was a positive step for Wellington.

“To get Courtenay Central back up and running again, as part of the commercial centre of the city, I think is quite important.

Wellington City Council project manager Phil Becker, right, and Naylor Love site manager Elliot Bartley have kept a ...

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Wellington City Council project manager Phil Becker, right, and Naylor Love site manager Elliot Bartley have kept a tight watch on the demolition of the Reading Cinemas car park.

“The

[businesses inside Courtenay Central] all have the potential to reopen and trade again and, I think, including ANZ … it is just all good news.”

McDonald’s new 24-hour store at the front of the complex was also said to be close to opening its doors.

Just two businesses, Brendon Motors and The Lanes Bowling Lounge, remain closed due to the Tory St-Wakefield St cordon.

Wellington City Council project manager Phil Becker says the reopening of Courtenay Central is a big step forward for ...

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Wellington City Council project manager Phil Becker says the reopening of Courtenay Central is a big step forward for the city.

Courtenay Central’s imminent reopening comes as around 60 residents evacuated from the Maison Cabriole apartments were allowed to return home on Wednesday morning.

With windows and doors closed over the summer months, many apartment-dwellers returned to musty smells, rotting food and maggots.

On the more pleasant side, the car park demolition has also given one flat a brand new sea view.

“Someone was saying today that they don’t have to turn the light on when they go to the bathroom now because they get the sunshine in,” Becker said.

Among those being reunited with their possessions was a young family who had moved to Wellington only in September last year.

A female resident, who did not want to be identified, said she had already rid the apartment of several bags of rubbish when Stuff went to visit.

“Today I was afraid to get in, like there would be some moths living in here … but surprisingly, the whole place doesn’t stink.

“But when I opened the refrigerator, that’s where the bomb was, it really stinks because most of the vegetables had turned into soup.

“I couldn’t even breathe.”

She was also mourning the loss of a pot plant. “There are no living creatures in here.”

 – Stuff

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