Civic Theatre

The Civic Theatre complex provides a quality theatre and associated facilities for hire and is a popular venue for local and regional organisations – and national and international touring companies.

Civic TheatreThe complex has a Category 1 New Zealand Historic Places Trust classification which means the building is of national significance. The theatre was built in 1906 and underwent a $15.8 million upgrade in 2004-2005. That project turned the complex into a much-applauded performing arts and events facility that seats 1015 people. It features state‑of-the-art equipment to make it one of the best theatres in New Zealand for live performance.

The theatre complex is located at 88 Tay Street, Invercargill, and may be hired for events including international touring shows, local stage productions, concerts, weddings, conferences, meetings, and community events.


Civic Theatre Open Day – 13 September 2015

Have you always wanted to go back stage at the Civic? Now’s your chance. Pop along to the free open day on 13 September 2015.

Theatre Friends

Join Theatre Friends for email advice about what is happening in the Civic Theatre – and about any early booking specials or other discounts for shows. Use the form (link below) to sign up:

Hiring the theatre

The Civic Theatre complex has a range of areas for hire and is ideally placed within a few minutes walking distance from most inner city accommodation,

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Civic Theatre function menus

Interested in planning a function at Invercargill’s Civic Theatre complex? This page contains links to the wide range of menus – and to the bar and wine lists.

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Civic Theatre transformation

Experts ensure ensure historic elements as the complex becomes a state-of-the-art performance centre – with unique Edwardian-style features.

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