A pop-up movie theatre which doubles as a community dance space will be built in New Brighton.
The Pop Up Precinct will include a movie theatre space which converts to an outdoor venue for dance parties.
Building starts later this month on the site of the old Charity Barn in New Brighton Mall, destroyed this year by arsonist.
Ten buildings are set to go in with leases lasting 30 days allowing for flexibility for would-be retailers.
The project has been led by Renew Brighton co-ordinator Rebecca May.
"People constantly talk about how much they would like an outdoor theatre so this will be great," said Ms May.
The movie theatre has been designed by students at the Unitec School of Architecture in Auckland who competed in the Sustainable Habitat Challenge (SHAC).
The SHAC project was a national competition which used recycled material to create community built spaces which don't require resource consent.
"We ran the challenge about designing small buildings 10 square metres or smaller which don't need building consents which means the buildings can just go ahead," said SHAC coordinator Tim Bishop.
He said the movie-dance floor design has a projector and tiered seating for a movie audience.
The projector then doubles as a light show and the tiered seating turns into a dance floor.
Mr Bishop said they would come to Christchurch to help put in the designs but called for help from residents with the build.
"We need recycled materials which there is a lot of in Christchurch," he said.
The other building to go in the Pop Up Precinct from SHAC is a "compact bach" which will dub as a retail outlet.
Designed to be placed on a site with little or no preparation it doesn't need resource consent because it does not have plumbing or cooking facilities.
Planning is well underway for the building of the Pop Up Precinct in late October.
"We have teams who are responsible for each pod (building) and it is progressing really well," said Ms May.
Ms May is seeking for builders, painters, labourers and even "chief cup of tea makers" to help make the voluntary project happen.