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The Arts Centre was originally home to Canterbury University from 1873 to 1975. The buildings are set in lovely Gothic architecture and it presents a rabbits' warren of over 40 shops selling New Zealand-made arts and crafts plus food stalls. There's some pretty bizarre stuff, but overall the standard is high. There are excellent buys in leather, wool, wood, and crafts - mostly from locally sourced raw material - made by local artists.

The Court Theatre (check listings for some very good plays) is housed in the original Engineering Building and Hydraulics Lab, the Academy Cinema is in the old Boys' High Gym, and the Southern Ballet now occupies the Electrical Engineering Lab and the Mechanical Engineering Lab.

Rutherford's Den is here in its original state. Born in Spring Grove in rural Nelson on August 30th 1871, he was the world's first successful alchemist (he converted nitrogen into oxygen). Or put another way, he was first to split the atom. A tiny bit of trivia - in 1893 he boarded with Mary Newton, who, as secretary of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, was a leader in the movement which culminated in 1893 when New Zealand became the first country in the world to grant women the vote. It was also the first election for which Rutherford was old enough to appear on the electoral roll.

There are also several good places to eat at the Arts Centre including Dux de Lux, Le Cafe, the Boulevard Cafe and Annie's Wine Bar & Restaurant.

Address: Worcester Blv
Phone: +64 3-366 0989
Website: http://www.artscentre.org.nz

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  • Updated Apr 5, 2006
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