The Civic, one of the few remaining Atmospheric Theatres in the world, was built in 1929 and was specifically designed as a 'movie palace' for talking pictures ('talkies'). The first purpose-built cinema of this type in the country, The Civic has become a much-loved Auckland landmark and entertainment venue.

The Civic Theatre underwent an extensive refit in the late 1990s and as a result the venue combines 1920s glamour with modern technology. 

All rooms within The Civic are unique and create a sense of atmosphere and occasion. Additional elements such as the large Indian-themed foyer, sweeping double staircases and extensive circulation space around the ornate bars make The Civic operate extremely well for large events.

The Civic is popular for gala dinners, cocktail parties, awards ceremonies and hostings.

Special conditions apply when booking spaces within The Civic. Please contact us for further information.

Room hire rates now include free Wi-Fi for up to 500 devices.

Read more about our Booking Policy here.

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"The theatre was a perfect location that suited our business rebrand, and our companies new positioning."

Craig Muller, Uno Loco

Craig Muller, Uno Loco




The Civic is located towards the top end of Queen Street in Auckland’s CBD. The venue is well connected to Britomart transport centre with free buses that regularly run up and down Queen Street. The Civic is positioned close to a wide selection of accommodation and is surrounded by a multitude of dining and entertainment options.



The closest car park building to The Civic is The Civic car park, located off Mayoral Drive and Greys Avenue.


This venue is located in central Auckland and has a large range of accommodation options in close proximity including Grand Millennium, Heritage Auckland and CityLife Auckland.