Victoria Theatre

48-56 Victoria Road,
Devonport 1309

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Victoria Theatre

The Victoria Theatre is the oldest surviving purpose-built cinema in the Southern Hemisphere. It first opened in 1912 with 965 seats. The Victoria Theatre Trust have now purchased the building and renovated to bring it back into the film business, as well as running live theatre. It re-opened on 26th October 2010. A fourth screen with 30-seats was added in 2019.

Contributed by Christine Valverde

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Christine
Christine on December 27, 2004 at 1:05 am

The Vic originally opened on 26 October, 1912; I have a photo showing a group of people holding up a banner which includes the date.

There is some confusion because of a fire in 1924; the roof, the projection area and part of the interior were rebuilt, which took about a year. Films were shown at an alternate site until repairs could be made. Also, there is a chair from the original theatre still being stored in the theatre building. If the fire had been complete, I’m pretty sure chairs wouldn’t have survived.

lostmemory, I have been researching and writing a history of The Vic for months. It’s to be used as a fundraiser if I can come up with the cash to have it published. If you have info, I would appreciate it if you would forward it to me at It would be really embarrassing to spend my savings account to have a fundraiser published and be wrong!

Cheers.

Christine
Christine on January 15, 2005 at 6:13 am

LostMemry, I am looking for further info and would like to get your input but you list no e-mail address or other contact info. Please e-mail me with any info you have.

mrt1924
mrt1924 on April 10, 2005 at 3:17 pm

I think this theatre is situated accross the road from the old State Theatre (which was used as an Assembly Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses for many years I understand that is a cinema once again)

I was wondering is my comment correct?

thevicdevonport
thevicdevonport on November 18, 2016 at 5:19 am

Just to update some of this information. we have three theatres The Victoria – Cinema 1 – with 180 seats; The Benwell – Cinema 2 – with 44 seats; The Albert – Cinema 3 – with 116 seats; a total of 340 seats

the theatre’s phone number is 0064 9 446 0100

I would love to find out more about the theatre’s history, i.e. what / who was operating in the building alongside the cinema? Does anyone have information about the early life of the theatre? I heard there was a newsprint business, a jewelry shop, and also what was in the theatre? I heard there was a ‘candy nook’ and a ‘cocktail lounge’? is this correct?

cheers Philipp – current operator

thevicdevonport
thevicdevonport on January 8, 2021 at 2:54 pm

Hi over the last couple or so years we have added Cinema 4 with 30 seats, replaced 100 seats with larger more comfortable seats in Cinema 1 and improved the flow and number of seats in our cinema 3 to 132, an overall increase to 386 seats. please also note the correct link to our website is www.thevic.co.nz

I feel for all cinema operators, distributors, studios and all associated professions that are affected by the pandemic. It’s been an extraordinarily difficult time and we count ourselves lucky to be able to screen films on a daily basis here in Auckland City.

All the best wishes for 2021

Philipp (Operator)

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