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What’s news in Venues Wellington?

July 2017

St James Theatre

ST James Theatre production

Wellington City Council (WCC) has confirmed that as part of their ongoing earthquake-prone building strengthening programme, the St James Theatre will close for strengthening work from April 2018 and will reopen August 2019.

While the short-term closure of one of Wellington’s main performance venues is never ideal, we look forward to working with WCC to deliver the project on time and returned with venue enhancements.

Patrons will get plenty of opportunity to enjoy the St James Theatre just before its leave of absence, during next year’s New Zealand Festival in February/March.

The Opera House

The Opera House Dress Circle Foyer

With the closure of our St James Theatre, many performances will transfer to The Opera House.

Prior to this happening WCC and Venues Wellington (VW) are reviewing what could be done to enhance the patron and client experience in this beautiful century-old theatre. Many of these enhancements - like electrical and lighting upgrades, and upgrading the Green room - won’t be hugely visible to most patrons but will ensure the venue is modernised in sympathy of its heritage.

Wellington Town Hall revamp gets thumbs up

Wellington Hall

You may have read about WCCs endorsement of the plans to revamp the 113-year-old historic building into a national music centre, for collaborative partners; the Victoria University of Wellington and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO).

We’re heartened by this decision. The Wellington Town Hall is a renowned and much-loved venue that should be used and enjoyed. The venue has sorely been missed as part of the Venues Wellington portfolio. We will be working closely with the project team to help get this fabulous venue back up and running.

Movie Museum and Convention Centre – next steps

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Progress towards the sign off for the construction of a Movie Museum and Convention Centre has been approved by Wellington City Council. The Council and The Movie Museum Limited (TMML) continue to work together on final specifications and ‘paperwork’ so that we can see work started on this very exciting project for Wellington.

We will keep you updated as details are confirmed. We look forward to talking to clients for bookings 2021 and beyond.

TSB Bank Arena & Auditorium (Shed 6)

TSB Sport netball

We are delighted to advise you that new flat floor seating is on the ship making its way to TSB Bank Arena & Auditorium (Shed 6) to replace the current chairs. The chairs are a little wider and a lot more comfortable.

Also new is our TSB Bank Arena sports floor, which has performed exceptionally well since being laid a few months ago. A huge shout out to our two Wellington sports teams who use the TSB Bank Arena as their home:

  • Wellington Saints 2017 season has seen them unbeaten and winning their 10th Championship NBL title. Awesome result Wellington Saints.
  • Central Pulse made the grand final for the first time in the team’s 10-year history. Massive effort team!

We reckon the sports floor provided an extra spring in their steps.

Academy Galleries

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Host your guests surrounded by eye-catching, contemporary New Zealand and international artworks. Academy Galleries creates a sophisticated, thought-provoking and inspiring ambience for events of up to 300 people.

Come along to the Canvas 200 special gala fundraiser at Academy Galleries on Tuesday 25 August, for more info and to buy tickets email The New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts (NZAFA).