Civic Theatre

267 Queen Street,
Auckland 1010

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Civic Auditorium

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Located on the corner of Queen Street and Wellesley Street in Auckland city centre. Built in 1929, and opened on 20th December 1929 as a ‘talkie’ picture house. Designed in a lavish Atmospheric style, the Civic Theatre was equipped with a Wurlitzer 3Manual/16Ranks organ. The theatre showed movies exclusively until 1998.

In 1999, as part of an extensive renovation, the theater’s basement was converted to a cabaret. Additionally, the main auditorium stage was enlarged to accomodate plays, opera, ballet, etc.

Contributed by Eric Kearney

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 8, 2007 at 7:26 am

Here is a 2007 view of the Civic Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 23, 2008 at 10:34 am

This link has alot of information about this theater. Address given is 267 Queen Street.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 23, 2008 at 10:40 am

Both of the other photo links have expired. Here is another photo of the Civic Theater.

civic on January 23, 2008 at 10:41 am

For a wonderful panoramic view of the interior check it out on

markn on July 4, 2009 at 4:34 pm

More info here from projectionist at Civic detailing projection equipment and recent screenings:
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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 24, 2009 at 3:53 pm

This is another photo of the Civic Theater.

Mark747 on January 29, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Here is a 1961 Newspaper advert for the Civic detailing it as the “Showplace of New Zealand” screening in Cinemascope – Butterfield 8

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