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Theatre, entertainment and cinema continue to operate today… The builders cut many corners but nevertheless constructed an impressive example of the new ‘atmospheric theatres’, the opulently decorated picture palaces that enjoyed a brief heyday from the late 1920s. New Zealand built three: Dunedin’s St James, Christchurch’s Regent and the Civic, with its Moorish and Hindu arches, pierced screens, minarets and balconies, all overarched by a twinkling ‘sky’. Source Civic Theatre, Auckland.

Auckland the Civic forms part of the heritage landscape of Auckland, learn more about Heritage buildings in Auckland.

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