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Central Hawke's Bay Municipal Theatre

Information on the CHB Municipal Theatre from 'Abbot's-Ford: A History of Waipawa' by Margaret A. Gray 1989

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Stephenson Transport Auditorium

 The Auditorium's ground floor, has a flexible seating plan which can seat up to 200 in theatre style and around 170 at tables. The mezzanine floor accessed via the staircase in the foyer, can seat up to 100 people with tiered theatre seating. 

The main stage has fly facilities and a basic lighting rig which can be utilised for any event. Stage dimensions; 9m (W) line of sight and full depth of 10m with half stage and quarter stage options. 

Fantastic backstage facilities are also available, with two large dressing rooms and two smaller accessible rooms equipped with toilets and showers.

The dimensions of the ground floor are 13.2m (L) x 11.4m (W) 

Hire of the Auditorium includes the adjoining Concert Chambers which is connected by a concertina sliding door, fantastic for combining the two spaces for those larger events. 

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Gwen Malden Concert Chambers

Purpose built for functions, the Concert Chambers offers beautiful natural light and opens onto an outdoor patio area. A small, low stage sits at one end of the room and allows for more intimate shows or gatherings as well as providing an elevated stage for corporate events. 5m (W) x  5m (D) with a basic lighting rig and PA equipped.

The bar is located at the opposite end of the room with a fully equipped kitchen behind.

Seating capacity is 130 in theatre rows or 100 at tables.

The dimensions of the room are 19.4m (L) x 10.5m (W)

The Concert Chambers can be hired separate from the Auditorium, or combined  for larger events.

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Booking Enquiries

To make an enquiry about hiring the CHB Municipal Theatre for your next function please do not hesitate to contact us.      Theatre; (06) 857 8117 or you can also contact the CHB District Council (06) 857 8060 after hours.

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