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 Open Air 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 356 in the stalls and 144 in the upper circle.  Five dressing rooms, properly equipped with lights, mirrors, toilets and showers.  Catering kitchen and backstage dining room with tea and coffee facilities.  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 2019.

Open Air Theatre (Soundshell)

Gisborne District Council's outdoor theatre is located on Centennial Marine Drive opposite Midway Beach.  This is a sloping grassed amphitheatre with a permanent stage and changing rooms. The capacity is approximately 5,000.

How you can book our Theatres
You can check the availability of our theatres by contacting our Theatres team on halls@gdc.govt.nz or ring 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

Rob Russell
Theatre Manager
Phone: 06 8631603
Fax: 06 8678076

Capacity Information

  • Theatre
    500
  • Theatre
    200
  • Outdoor Stadium
    5000

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