Story: Theatres, cinemas and halls

His Majesty's Theatre, 1988

His Majesty's Theatre, 1988

This is a view across the stage and proscenium boxes at Auckland's His Majesty's Theatre. The structure, which featured a lavish, ornate auditorium, was built by the Australasian cultural entrepreneur J. C. Williamson in 1902. His monogram is visible above the stage. Despite calls by heritage advocates for the building to be saved, its owners saw no value in it and demolished it shortly after this photograph was taken.

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Ben Schrader, 'Theatres, cinemas and halls - Early 20th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 June 2024)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 22 Oct 2014