Story: Southland region

Civic theatre and town hall

Civic theatre and town hall

Invercargill’s combined town hall and civic theatre, designed by E. R. Wilson on classical lines, opened in 1906 with a show that included Handel’s ‘Hallelujah chorus’. The building was called simply the Civic Theatre from 1930; over time the municipal offices had become function rooms. It survived the threat of demolition in the 1970s and was fully renovated in 2005.

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David Grant, 'Southland region - Society and culture', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 December 2021)

Story by David Grant, updated 1 May 2015