Victoria Theatre

48-56 Victoria Road,
Devonport 1309

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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

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?

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.

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!