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The Civic Theatre

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Business Type: A prominent landmark

Overview

Take a grand 1906 building, put more than $15 million into a carefully planned restoration in 2005, and you have a breathtaking building.

Address: 88 Tay Street, Invercargill Invercargill & Southland

Description

The Invercargill Town Hall and Civic Theatre is a prominent landmark on one of Invercargill's main streets. It officially opened in November 1906 and was built for the local council, which had previously been housed in the former Southland Provincial Council Chambers.

Two events in the early 1900s led to the local council holding a competition for the design of a new town hall and civic theatre. One was a fire in 1900 that destroyed the former immigration barracks on the Tay Street site; a site that had long been promised to the local council by the government.

The fire cleared the way for the land to be transferred. Secondly the Royal Theatre closed at the end of 1902. This had been the centre of entertainment in Invercargill and its closure left the city with few other places for performances.

Source and more info: www.heritage.org.nz

Locations

88 Tay Street, Invercargill

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