This extravagant art nouveau movie theater was the talk of the town when it opened in 1929, but nine months later the owner, Thomas O'Brien, went bust and fled, taking the week's revenues and an usherette with him. During World War II a cabaret show in the basement was popular with Allied servicemen. One of the entertainers, Freda Stark, is said to have appeared regularly wearing nothing more than a coat of gold paint. Now the café at the front of the Civic bears her
name. When you sit down to a show or movie you'll see a simulated night sky on the ceiling and giant lions with lights for eyes on stage. The theater hosts movie premieres, concerts, and dance parties.
Queen and Wellesley Sts., Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
Sep 10, 2013
The Civic Theatre, Auckland, New Zealand is one of the last surviving Picture Places in the World - the new website is here http://www.civictheatre.co.nz/ If you cannot make the trip to New Zealand this will give you an overview of the History and Restoration of the theatre, including historical news reels and videos.