267 Queen Street,
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The Mighty Civic Cinema (Official)
Operated by: Auckland City Council
Architects: Charles Bohringer
Located on the corner of Queen Street and Wellesley Street in Auckland city centre. Built in just eight months 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 main auditorium stage was enlarged to accomodate plays, opera, ballet, etc, and every July/August it hosts the New Zealand International Film Festival.
In addition, the Civic Theatre is the New Zealand home of large-scale international musicals (Matilda the Musical", “Aladdin” and “Mary Poppins” etc). and is a much loved Auckland landmark.
The Civic Theatre is a New Zealand Heritage Category A Listed building.
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