Story: Theatres, cinemas and halls

Theatre Royal: Nelson (1st of 3)

Theatre Royal: Nelson

A crowd of mainly children pose outside Nelson's Theatre Royal either before or after an event there. A sign saying 'God save our King' suggests it occurred in the early 20th century. The wooden building opened in 1878 and was among a number of venues called 'Theatre Royal' built during the 1870s. By the 2010s it was the only one still standing, and the oldest purpose-built theatre in New Zealand.   

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Nelson Provincial Museum, Tyree Studio Collection
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Ben Schrader, 'Theatres, cinemas and halls - Colonial period', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 June 2024)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 22 Oct 2014