On Friday 4 August it will be 100 years since the Paramount cinema in Wellington, New Zealand first opened. No celebrations are planned ,as far as I know. I fondly remember working there as a teenager in the fifties ( as did my mother).It gave me a great appreciation of being able to see Foreign films which has lasted to this day.We did have the occasional stage show but Foreign films were the main attraction at the cinema. It is indeed rare for a cinema to last 100 years of continually screening films. The cinema was later cut in half and the bottom floor rented out with only a much smaller cinema , on the first level screening films.