NZ Agree To Theatre Refurb For 'Rings' Premiere

According to Stuff, Wellington city councillors have agreed to underwrite the cost of refurbishing the Embassy theatre, estimated at around $4.5m, which should allow them to hold the world premiere of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

The council agreed to help fund a revised list to refurbish the theatre after the original figure of $7 million was ruled out.

Mayor Kerry Prendergast said last week the council would consider a $2 million contribution reasonable but film owners New Line Cinema threatened to pull the plug on the premiere if the theatre was not brought up to standard.

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