Waikato Herald - 2021-10-15


“You shall not pass!” on this one! 704 Pollen Street , Thames


The “Embassy” building or Thames Cinema “is like a box of chocolates”, there are too many inviting options. With it’s significant freehold land area of 658m2 (more or less) and 635m2 (more or less) floor area consisting of three cinemas, large cafe / snack bar and two large toilet blocks, there is more room than the Hotel Overlook in The Shining. Off street parking is available off Martha Street. With a Commercial (8A) zoning you could go “to infinity, and beyond” with possibilities. Could this be the perfect combination of cafe, restaurant, bar, night-club, events, entertainment, boutique cinema business? CBD apartments are another possibility that should be explored. This building needs a little ‘wax on, wax off’ or TLC to get her back to her former glory but she is still captivating and “Frankly my dear I don’t give a damn” about those who say otherwise. Double frontage on Pollen Street through to Martha Street is an appealing offering. There is no heritage protection on this building and some earthquake strengthening has already been completed.


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