Civic Theatre

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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.


The 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.


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Contact Us

For more information please email or phone (03) 211 1777 and ask for Theatre Services.


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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Upstage: Invercargill Festival of Cabaret

Get ready to be captivated by cabaret: Invercargill’s newest festival promises to see theatre, music, and creativity collide. Upstage: Invercargill Festival of Cabaret will bring a hearty dose of show-stopping, rollicking fun to the city to banish the winter blues. Held between August 11 to August 19, Upstage will blend the best of the past […]

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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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