Gisborne Theatres


Gisborne is a sun-drenched city on the East Coast of New Zealand's North Island, with a population of approximately 40,000 people.  The Gisborne District Council has three theatres: the War Memorial Theatre, Lawson Field Theatre, and the Outdoor Theatre (Soundshell).  These are available to hire for touring shows, performing arts events,  seminars, conferences, weddings and community activies. 

 

War Memorial Theatre

The War Memorial Theatre is located at 159 Bright Street, handy to the Gisborne CBD.  It was built in the 1950s and relaunched after extensive redevelopment in 2015.  The War Memorial is now a state of the art theatre with a raised stage, fly floor, and full technical capabilities.  Seats 500, with 362 in the stalls and 138 in the upper circle (Please see seating plan document, click to download).  Six dressing rooms, properly equipped with lights, mirrors, toilets and showers.  Backstage green room with dining area and tea & coffee facilities.  Catering kitchen available.  Licensed bar.  Fully air conditioned.

  • Proscenium: height 6m, width adjustable 9.2m - 12m
  • Stage: depth 12m, wings prompt side 3.5m - 6.3m, wings operations side 4.9m - 7.7m
  • Width between fly galleries: 16.2m
  • Height under fly galleries: 6.6m
  • Height under grid: 14m

Lawson Field Theatre

The Lawson Field Theatre is currently closed for earthquake strengthening.  Expected to reopen in October 2019.

Outdoor Theatre (Soundshell)

The Soundshell is located on Centennial Marine Drive opposite Midway Beach.  This is a sloping, grassed, open air amphitheatre with a permanent stage, dressing rooms and toilet blocks. The capacity is approximately 15,000.

Book our Theatres
You can check the availability of our venues by contacting the Theatres team on halls@gdc.govt.nz or 06 867 2049. 

 

Gisborne Theatres

Gisborne District Council
39 Gladstone Road
PO Box 747
Gisborne
Gisborne
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Location and contact information

Gisborne District Council
39 Gladstone Road
PO Box 747
Gisborne
Gisborne
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CONTACT PERSON

Mara Weiss
Marketing & Relationships Leader
Phone: 06 867 2049

Capacity Information

  • Theatre
    500
  • Theatre
    200
  • Outdoor Stadium
    5000
Download seating plan (PDF, 269.91 KB)

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