A man's love for his wife and old-school cinema has saved an iconic suburban theatre from closure.

Capitol Cinema on Auckland's busy Dominion Rd shut its doors mid-April but the seats in the popular single-screen cinema barely had time to cool before keen new owners came forward.

Local cinema industry veterans Kelly Rogers and David Ross have committed to a long-term lease to keep the historic theatre going.

When Rogers caught wind of the Capitol's closure he was devastated.


"For me, it holds sentimental value as I met my wife via the Capitol, and I also ran it for some