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"The Civic Theatre" Top 5 Page for this destination Queen Street & Downtown Tip by keeweechic

Queen Street & Downtown, Auckland: 29 reviews and 32 photos


This building is such a landmark in Queen Street, it was built in 1929 with Indian motifs plus stars on the auditorium ceiling reflecting the Southern Hemisphere night sky. I remember as a child going to a movie there during the day and seeing that ceiling thinking it was real night sky and stars and could never figure out why it was bright sunshine when we came out. The Civic has a grand staircase to the Winter Garden which was originally a continental-style tea garden that was a wartime cabaret. The theatre underwent a NZ$39.8 million restoration and now features many facets that were there originally and yet not seen by the public for many years. The interior is very much worth a look but you cannot see it without buying a movie ticket.

Address: Corner Wellesley and Queen Streets
Directions: Through the Center of town

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 27, 2004
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