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  • Civic Theatre

    Image provided by the Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 4-7101.

    Civic Theatre

    269-285 Queen St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand

    In the 1920s this area was the theatre district of Auckland, with the picture-palaces of the Majestic and Regent on Queen Street and across the road the St James. In 1929 Thomas O’Brien secured the lease to the Civic site and commissioned a new theatre to be the ‘largest in the Dominion”. It was to seat over two thousand people and the distance from the projector to the screen was only slightly less than that in Radio City Hall in New York. It accommodated live performances of dancing and music as well as tearooms and dances. Designed by Bohringer Taylor and Johnson, the amazing interiors of this “atmospheric theatre” with Persian, Moorish and Hindu motifs create an exotic and magical world. The ceiling over the main auditorium gives the illusion of a starlit night sky.
    The Wintergarden Night club - famous for the legendry dancer Freda Stark who is reputed to have danced in nothing but gold paint – earned a reputation with American GIs in World War II. Alterations over the years saw the removal of some of the lavish decoration. The Civic Theatre was conserved and upgraded in the late 1990s. Equipped for both film and live shows it remains one of the most memorable and best-loved venues in Auckland. Image: Looking south along Queen Street west side (foreground) showing Wellesley Street (left to right centre), the Civic Theatre (centre right) and the Town hall (left background). 1931.

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  • Town Hall

    Image provided by the Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries. 1_W1302

    Town Hall

    301-303 Queen Street

    When the site for the Council Chambers and Town Hall was chosen in 1908 it was derided for being in the valley and that a building on a triangular site would look ‘exactly like a deformed wedge of cheese or a decrepit flat iron’. The design competition was won by J. Clark & Sons from Australia and the foundation stone laid in February 1909. Public criticism continued during construction; it was described as a ‘monument to the stupendous folly of the City Council’. It opened in December 1911. The main auditorium seated 3000 and the concert chamber 880 and filled a great need for a capacious public hall.
    It was used as council headquarters until 1955. In 1996 complete conservation and refurbishment was undertaken. In the lobby, plaques commemorate John Court and Ellen Melville - prominent Aucklanders. Image: Showing the Auckland Town Hall on corner of Queen Street and Greys Avenue, with statue of Sir George Grey and the Market Hotel (right). 11 May 1912.

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  • Britomart

    Photography by Jay Farnworth, 2017.


    8-10 Queen St, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

    Britomart Transport Centre is Auckland's major transportation hub.

    • Kid Friendly
    • Public Toilets
    • Indoor
    • Wheelchair Accessible

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  • OuterLink Route

    The OuterLink is the easiest way to get around the inner suburbs of Auckland city. It operates from Wellesley St, past the Universities, through Parnell, Newmarket, Epsom, Balmoral, Mt Eden, St Lukes, Mt Albert, out to the Meola Rd entrance to MOTAT, through Westmere, Herne Bay and then back to Wellesley St. See route map for location of fare stages. The buses are bright amber.

    • Kid Friendly
    • Indoor
    • Outdoor
    • Wheelchair Accessible

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