Story: Theatres, cinemas and halls

Victoria Theatre: art deco makeover (2nd of 2)

Victoria Theatre: art deco makeover

In 1929 Devonport's Victoria Theatre was remodelled and enlarged in art deco style. It also incorporated the latest technology to accommodate the new 'talkie' films. It was later divided into two, then three cinemas to show art-house movies. It was the first cinema in New Zealand to be granted a liquor licence for a bar. During the 1990s and early 2000s the theatre sported a vibrant art deco colour scheme (shown here). In 2014 its facade was a more subdued white.   

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Ben Schrader, 'Theatres, cinemas and halls - Rapid growth', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 June 2024)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 22 Oct 2014