Story: Theatres, cinemas and halls

Princess Theatre interior

Princess Theatre interior

After Dunedin's Princess Theatre burnt down it was replaced  by a grander building in 1876. This view of the auditorium looks across the dress circle towards a fanciful proscenium arch. The space is dominated by an ornate, domed ceiling supported by decorative pillars. Hanging from the dome's centre is a large chandelier. The opulence of the interior reinforced the fantastical experience of theatre-going.

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Ben Schrader, 'Theatres, cinemas and halls - Colonial period', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 June 2024)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 22 Oct 2014