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"Experience the Fantastic Acoustics of Town Hall" Top 5 Page for this destination Christchurch Things to Do Tip by Kakapo2

Christchurch Things to Do: 439 reviews and 761 photos

  Town Hall, Boaters Restaurant, Ferrer Fountain.
by Kakapo2

It would be exagerated to call Christchurch’s Town Hall – opened on 30 September 1972 - a building of outstanding beauty, just another concrete block in the city centre. But I would not call it really ugly either, as its minor height is pleasing – it even looks much smaller than it is –, its location right on the bank of the Avon river and picturesque Victoria Square is great, and the artistic and playful fountains on the riverside and the much higher trees around the building detract a lot from the concrete architecture. And sure, it is a great place of performing arts and entertainment (and not of civic administration!) that can be easily reached by public transport.

The Auditorium is a large oval-shaped theatre with a tiered-seating system allowing various room plan arrangements. It is a popular venue for symphony concerts, larger plenary sessions and gala dinners. The stage area can accommodate an orchestra of up to 130 players. The two metre raised choir seating behind the stage can seat a 254-voice choir. We normally go there for classical but also pop concerts. The theatre seats 2500 people, and the acoustics are fantastic.

The James Hay Theatre hosts up to 1000 spectators. It is the place where you go for live theatre, opera, ballet, seminars and conference plenary sessions.

The Limes Room on the first floor, overlooking Victoria Square, is laid out for about 550 people. It is perfect for dance competitions and functions.

Finally, Town Hall has several conference venues and the Boaters Restaurant.
In the foyer you find a Ticketek counter where you can buy tickets for concerts and theatre.

Opposite Town Hall – on Kilmore Street – is the location of the Convention Centre which is linked to Town Hall by an air bridge.

Tickets via Ticketek
Phone/Credit Card Bookings & Enquiries call (03) 377 8899


Address: Town Hall, 86-88 Kilmore Street, Christchurch

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  • Updated Nov 4, 2007
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