Municipal Theatre

156 High Street,
Dannevirke 4930

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Previously operated by: Kerridge-Odeon

Functions: Community Arts Center

Styles: Art Deco

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The original Municipal Theatre was located in the Town Hall. It was designed by Melbourne, Australia based architect William Pitt. It was replaced by a new Town Hall & Municipal Theatre in 1934. Seating was provided in orchestra and balcony levels. It had a screen, proscenium and curtains which was set into and beneath the stage, that could be raised when the building was in cinema use. (The Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool, England has a similar set-up, which is still in use today-it has its own page on Cinema Treasures). By 1946 the Municipal Theatre was operated by Kerridge Theatres Ltd. and by 1950 it was operated by Kerridge-Odeon-Odeon. It had closed as a cinema by 1968.

It was designated a Historic Place Category 2 by Heritage New Zealand.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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