Story: Theatres, cinemas and halls

Ōwaka Memorial Hall

Soldiers pose on the stage of Ōwaka Memorial Hall, Otago, in the early 1910s. In rural areas halls like this were often community hubs – places to stage live performances, meetings, dances and other events. The Ōwaka hall's ornate stage and drop scene suggest that dramatic performances were regularly held here.

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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