The Plaza

The Plaza is South Waikato's premium performing arts centre. We are available to hire for small and large events. Catering, advertising and ticketing services (including Eftpos) are all available.   Our newly renovated proscenium arch theatre features a 9-bar fly tower, ample parking, full wheelchair access, excellent dressing rooms/studio with kitchen facilities, gas heating, retractable seats to reveal large floor, and the best acoustics you’ve heard in years! 

We boast very reasonable rates, and some of the best acoustics you've heard in years! Contact us – you'll be surprised at what we can offer! 

Main theatre Capacity: 518  (320 fixed, 98 retractable, 100 stackable)

Staging: 12.8m x 7m fixed wooden stage, with 9-bar fly tower and 2m wings

Sound/Lighting: DMX capable, light and sound rig available to hire

Access: loading dock to stage

Engineers/Security: technicians/security/FoH staff available

Foyer: newly-renovated kitchen, commercial dishwasher, candy bar

Seating/Tables: dining tables and chairs available on request

Great acoustics

Heating system

Adequate parking

Excellent dressing rooms 

Our main theatre is suitable for: Concerts. stage performances, performing arts, functions or special events, film screenings, large conferences.

New main theatre renovations:

Our main theatre has recently had the following renovations:  9-bar fly tower, full wheelchair access, kitchen facilities, gas heating, retractable seats to reveal large floor.

Arthur Fountain Studio

The Arthur Fountain Studio at the rear of our main theatre is suitable for smaller functions or as a changing room for stage events. It features: Full kitchen, changing areas, the size of the studio makes it a suitable venue for meetings and functions for 20 to 40 people. 

Foyer and The Pavilion

Our foyer is capable of hosting functions and taking care of all event requirements. It features: Full kitchen, Bar and canteen, disabled toilets, ticketing office.

Adjacent to our foyer is a small function room dubbed 'the pavilion'. It is an excellent location to host regular events or functions. Facilities for conferences include 100" movie/data screen, data projector, whiteboard, easel display stand. The foyers full kitchen and bar/canteen is excellent for your functions food and drink requirements.

Location and contact information

50-56 Kensington Street
PO Box 281
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Emma Harrison
Theatre Manager
Phone: +64 (07) 883 8596
Fax: +64 (07) 882 1403

Capacity Information

  • Theatre
  • Conference/Meeting
Seating Plan (PDF, 468.64 KB)

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