Story: Theatres, cinemas and halls

Civic Theatre: exterior (1st of 2)

Civic Theatre: exterior

Auckland's Civic Theatre was built in 1929 on the site of the old colonial marketplace, at a cost of £200,000. It is New Zealand’s first and best preserved example of an ‘atmospheric theatre’ – a type of opulent movie theatre popular in the 1920s. The other two theatres built in this style were Dunedin’s St James and Christchurch’s Regent. 

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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