Civic Theatre

Significant changes are planned for the Civic Theatre, made possible by the generous donation of $3 million by Sir Owen Glenn.

The business case identified that many of the larger touring shows were bypassing Rotorua because we lacked a venue large enough to accommodate them.

The redevelopment will reinstate the Civic Theatre with 950+ seats. A new orchestra pit and lift will provide orchestra, floor and stage thrust options.

Theatre services, acoustics and HVAC will all be upgraded to the level expected of a contemporary regional theatre, with new seating throughout.

The current Civic Theatre at the Sir Howard Morrison Centre
Artists impression of the redeveloped Civic Theatre. Courtesy of Shand Shelton