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City gears up for King Kong Red Carpet Screening

8 December 2005

City gears up for King Kong Red Carpet Screening

Wellington is awash with excitement around the upcoming Red Carpet Screening of King Kong on Wednesday 14 December and the City Council is offering the public the chance to win one of 50 double passes to the grandstands in Courtenay Place.

Director Peter Jackson, and actors Naomi Watts, Adrien Brody, and Andy Serkis, who performs the role as Kong, will all be attending as well as a number of New Zealand celebrities. Thousands of people are expected to gather in Courtenay Place to join the celebrations.

Mayor Kerry Prendergast says a great event is planned. “We’re rolling out the red carpet again to celebrate a fantastic new film by a fantastic local hero. We know how Wellingtonians love these events and the whole city really comes together to celebrate. There’s going to be great vantage points along the red carpet but we also wanted to offer members of the public the opportunity to get a good view of the proceedings from the grandstands. People need to get in quick to register to win one of the double passes.”

The two grandstands will be erected on Cambridge and Kent Terraces. People can enter the draw to win one of the 50 double passes by entering online at www.Wellington.govt.nz or at the following Council facilities before 4pm Sunday 11 December:

- Wellington City Council Service Centre, 101 Wakefield Street
- Wellington Central Library, Civic Square, Wellington
- Ruth Gotleib Library, 101 Kilbirnie Crescent, Kilbirnie
- Johnsonville Library, 5 Broderick Road, Johnsonville
- Karori Library, 253 Karori Road, Karori.

Winners will be contacted on Monday 12 December.

The red carpet will run from Allen Street to the Embassy Theatre. A big screen will be placed near the Cambridge Terrace-end of Courtenay Place so everyone can see the action. Entertainment on the red carpet consisting of buskers, stilt walkers and comedy routines will start at 3.30pm. Local band OdESSA will get the crowd going before the parade of stars along the red carpet starts at 5.30pm. The invitation-only screening of King Kong starts at the Embassy Theatre at around 7pm.

In order to prepare Courtenay Place for the Red Carpet Screening the following roads will be closed to most vehicles from 11pm Tuesday 13 December until around 4am Thursday 15 December:

• Courtenay Place (Tory Street to Cambridge Terrace)
• Cambridge Terrace (Tennyson Street to Wakefield Street)
• Kent Terrace (Wakefield Street to Elizabeth Street).

Allen and Blair Streets will remain open to vehicles until 3pm Wednesday 14 December after which portions of those streets will close for red carpet preparations.

There will be a single lane on Kent Terrace which will allow for a left-turn on Majoribanks Street from 11pm Tuesday 13 December until noon Wednesday 14 December. At noon on Wednesday 14 December, Kent Terrace and Majoribanks Street will be closed to traffic.

As a result of the road closures there will be traffic diversions and no parking available in the closed-off zone. Temporary bus stops will also be in place. The Council is asking motorists to ensure their vehicles do not remain in the no-parking zone, and that they pay close attention to all traffic signage on the day and follow any traffic diversions.

Northbound buses to the railway station will operate on Courtenay Place throughout the morning rush until 9.30am on Wednesday 14 December. The only other vehicles allowed are emergency vehicles and those authorised for set-up. Emergency services and Police are aware of the closures and will have alternative routes planned.

Mayor Prendergast is also encouraging people coming to the Red Carpet Screening to check out the recently installed Tripod sculpture in Courtenay Place. Created by Richard Taylor and Weta Workshop, Tripod acknowledges the contribution of the local film and television industry. “Tripod has been warmly received with many people stopping to have their photo taken beside it. It’s a great addition to Courtenay Place - everyone should check it out when they are down there.”

ENDS

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