Attractions

Powered by:

Playhouse Theatre

Playhouse Theatre
Map showing Playhouse Theatre

Address:

15 Glendale Road, Glen Eden

Phone:

(09) 818 5751

Originally on the site where the Playhouse Theatre now stands at 15 Glendale Road, Glen Eden in West Auckland there was a wooden building that served as a public hall and offices for the Glen Eden Town Board. This was destroyed by fire on 10th February, 1935.

At a Town Board meeting on 13th May 1935, the architect, Mr Arthur Marshall presented final plans and specifications for a replacement hall building. In June a tender of £3,300 was accepted from W. C. Curtis and building of the new hall proceeded. Despite being in the period of the Depression, construction was completed quickly and the new hall took on all the functions of the old. A supper room and projection box was also added making the hall a much more versatile building.

The new Glen Eden Town Hall was officially opened on Coronation Day, 12th May, 1937, a celebratory ball being held in the evening. Apart from housing Town Board Offices, the building was also used as a library, dance venue, for school and community events as well as Indoor Bowling tournaments. From its opening however, one of its main functions was as a cinema. When the town offices and library moved, it became known as the "Star Theatre". The local fire station was located behind the picture theatre and many times a film would be interrupted by the sound of bells calling the local volunteer brigade. In the 1960's it was not unusual for the small suburban cinemas to find it increasingly difficult to compete with alternative entertainment, the most obvious being television. Screening of movies gradually ceased and in 1972 the "Star Theatre" officially closed due to declining financial viability. As fate would have it however, the venue was about to become a "theatre of stars".

Upcoming Events at Playhouse Theatre

Advertisement

nzherald.co.nz - New Zealand Holidays 

  • Auckland: A tank full of surprises

    Published Sun 31 August

    To be honest, I wasn't expecting to be bitten at the Kelly Tarlton Shark Dive Xtreme, so it came as…

  • Auckland: Action stations

    Published Sat 30 August

    Suburban playgrounds and bush tracks can get busy on the weekends. Instead, try some of the sporting…

  • Kia ora: Pauanui

    Published Fri 29 August

    Where is it? On the east coast of Coromandel Peninsula, 151km from Auckland, 136km northeast of…

nzherald.co.nz - New Zealand Holidays

Related Popular Events 

How to get your Attraction listed

To have your Attraction or Venue appear on here, go to www.eventfinder.co.nz who supply the listings for this site.

Click here to add your Attraction now!
Powered by: