Crystal Palace Theatre

537 Mount Eden Road,
Mount Eden,
Auckland 1024

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Robin Gee
Robin Gee on September 6, 2015 at 7:53 pm

Recently Karl Sheridan and I completed a short documentary on The Crystal Palace as part of loadingdocs (a short format documentary initiative We opened the theatre up daily to give locals the opportunity to come in and share their stories and to have a little look around. We hosted a major screening event of a couple of local films that had screened in the theatre years ago, one with a live soundtrack from local band The Echo Ohs. The event was also supported by a local brewery, Bach Brewing.
It was a huge success and signaled the launch of the filming of our documentary which we have just recently completed. Over the next few months we hope to post more information and images about this theatre and hope to create a resource about it and it’s history. Meanwhile feel free to check out, imbed and share our doco “Please Open” …

Robin Gee
Robin Gee on March 1, 2015 at 4:38 pm

Great little doco Tony cheers…

We’re making a doco for Loading Docs over the next few months …it will be accompanied with an on line resource … as part of it I hope to open a space in the theatre to record interviews and share stories about the theatre during March 2015 info can be found here…

and a link to our crowd funding campaign to be run through March 2015 can be found here…

Here’s the facebook page being run by the current projectionist and currently the most direct link to the theatre…

tonyr1 on February 25, 2015 at 9:57 pm

I have made a short documentary (10 mins) about which can be viewed at

I used to visit it regularly in the early 1970s when it was nearer to it’s original 1930s glory.

Robin Gee
Robin Gee on January 21, 2015 at 4:01 pm

There are now regular (monthly) screenings of The Room at the theatre and recently the annual 24 hour Movie Marathon was held here. I lit the interior for the event and will post pictures or a link to images soon. I am about to film a short documentary on this theatre, anyone with any information should feel free to post here and I’ll work out how to get in touch.

nickparis on August 12, 2013 at 6:29 am

Movies return to the Crystal, it appears that the film ‘The Room" will have monthly screenings there from September 6th onwards… great news and long overdue!!!. Shuttered for what seems an eternity, could this be a step in the right direction? watch this space…

Aklesha on December 10, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Hi, Im actually interested in renting the small shop that used to be the snack shop. Would make a great little cafe. Shame to see it not put to use, I wish someone would buy it and restore it ti its former glory. Used to go here as a kid in the 60-70’s. Any info would be apreciated, contact me at . Cheers!

prettyfabulous on September 15, 2012 at 11:29 pm

Hi if anyone knew what the number or website to buy and rents this theatre PLEASE contact me .uk because i was wondering to buy crystal palace, do it up and maybe reopen it up???

miriambarr on September 4, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Hi there – mrt1924 – can you please post those photos again? The link doesn’t work anymore – would love to see them – I will be performing in this theatre in October and can’t wait for my tour through to see the interior!

LukeSmith on March 23, 2011 at 8:16 pm

My fiancée and I walked past this cinema yesterday and we really want to look into hiring it for our wedding day, does anyone have a contact number please?

mikebeeny on May 12, 2010 at 5:27 pm

It is so sad to see what was once a really nice Cinema unused and falling to pieces. I had a look round it some two years ago. I saw some film running, so everything does work but sadly by today’s standards no one would pay to sit in such a cinema. Everything would need replacing, the sound was good for the 70s but stands no chance these days. The floor only has a gentle slope, people expect to be able to see all the screen these days so a stadium seating plan would be required. The building is slowly rotting away with plaster falls in the projection room. The current owners do not have any plans to do anything with the building.

Bradley Knewstubb
Bradley Knewstubb on October 15, 2008 at 9:15 am

Opened 1916, closed 1995-97, registered seating capacity, 765.

kencmcintyre on July 5, 2007 at 12:33 pm

This is the correct place for such comments. We’re all interested in renovation and reuse, as opposed to parking lots.

sjb on October 26, 2005 at 6:06 pm

I walk passed this theatre everyday and I think its a shame it is not in use. I would love to find out more about its current owners and to know whether any plans for it to reopen are in place. I would be greatful to anyone who can shed some light on this. (Apologies if this is not the correct place for such comments)

mrt1924 on April 10, 2005 at 5:26 pm

This beautiful theatre can seat up-to 700 or more people. It also has great acostics and a large stage behind the screen for an orchestra to use. (Symphony orchestra’s did use this theatre alot in the 1930’s to the 1950’s). This theatre was built in 1929.

mrt1924 on April 7, 2005 at 9:53 pm

Here is a link to see photo’s of this lovely theatre

This beautiful theatre is protected by the Historic Places trust with Grade 2 since November 1982.

del50 on March 6, 2004 at 4:25 am

Closed after the death of its owner