The Civic was first opened on 20 December 1929 and is one of only seven surviving atmospheric theatres in the world.
The Civic was originally built as a picture theatre for the people of Auckland and was the pride of Auckland for many years. After a $42 million restoration The Civic was lovingly restored to its former glory in 2000.
The interior of The Civic is famous for its domed ceiling of stars. It is, in fact, a flat ceiling cleverly painted to resemble a dome, with thousands of lights as the 'stars'. The 'night sky' is a representation of a Southern Hemisphere sky at 10.00pm on an April evening.
The design style of The Civic is of a Moorish garden at night, with turrets, minarets, spires and tiled roofs and, of course, the famous Abyssinian Panthers.
The Civic seats 2,378 people.
Cnr Wellesley & Queen Streets, Auckland
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