Robert Kerridge

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Sir Robert James Kerridge (30 October 1901 – 26 April 1979), also known as Bob Kerridge, was a New Zealand businessman, cinema proprietor, film distributor, tourism promoter and entrepreneur.

Kerridge was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, on 30 October 1901. He developed a theatre chain that owned or controlled 133 cinemas, the biggest exhibition chain in New Zealand or Australia. In 1946, Kerridge sold 50 per cent of his cinema chain to the J. Arthur Rank Organisation of London, netting the vendors almost £1 million, and a Rolls Royce car for Kerridge. The chain was renamed Kerridge Odeon.[1]

In the 1962 Queen's Birthday Honours, Kerridge was appointed a Knight Bachelor, for public services.[2] He was buried at Purewa Cemetery in the Auckland suburb of Meadowbank.[3]


  1. ^ Shelton, L. R. "Robert James Kerridge". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 23 April 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "No. 42685". The London Gazette (3rd supplement). 10 June 1961. p. 4347.
  3. ^ "Notable graves". Purewa Trust Board. Retrieved 15 February 2021.