Municipal Theatre

The Napier Municipal Theatre history dates back to the early 1912, when an elaborate building was designed in the Italian Renaissance style by leading Australian architect William Pitt.

Sadly, the much-loved Napier Municipal Theatre became a total ruin in the 1931 earthquake. The town managed without a replacement for several years while more urgent construction took priority. In 1935 frustration at the lack of an adequate performance venue came to a head and plans for a new theatre progressed. An 1154 seat theatre was rebuilt and opened for its first performance on 3 June 1938.

Some improvements were made over the next fifty years, but nothing major was undertaken until the formation of a development committee in 1987.

Redevelopment of the theatre began in 1992 and was completed in two stages over the next five years. Particular attention was paid to the preservation and integration of its Art Deco heritage, making this theatre truly unique as well as being one of the most modern venues in the country.


The Napier Municipal Theatre is situated on Tennyson Street, one of the main streets of Napier. It is just a short walk to all the shopping, dining and other amenities of the CBD.

The Napier Municipal Theatre has two pay and display car parks – one off Dalton Street and a large two-level car park off Tennyson Street (with access to upper level off Shelley Street).

There is also a leased car park at the back of the Napier Municipal Theatre which is free for the public to use outside the hours of Monday to Friday – 8am to 6pm.


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