Quality Hotel Parnell
20 Gladstone Road
Phone: (64) 9 3033789
Fax: (64) 9 3773309
The Jubilee Building is located on Parnell Road and is home to the Parnell Community Centre, and the Foundation of the Blind. This historic landmark also rents its room for private and social functions. The local Farmer's Market is held at the buildings car park every Saturday.
Since it's opening, the Vector Arena has been a venue for more than 70 live events and concerts. With a performance list that boasts of legendary groups like Coldplay, Guns n Roses and Duran Duran, this modern arena has become a hot favorite amongst locals and tourists alike. This gigantic indoor complex also hosts business conventions, exhibitions and major sporting events.
A good showcase for independent movies, Rialto Cinema is situated upstairs in a mall, rubbing shoulders with the Rialto Food Court. There are seven cinema screens in the complex, which is open daily. You can join the Rialto Film Club for special screenings and competitions. Check website for further details.
This well-appointed theatre is the pride of the Auckland University campus, being centrally located. With a wide range of performances throughout the year, the theatre helps bring together the university and the community. It is a twin theatre complex, fully air-conditioned and with easy access and facilities for the disabled. The Maidment Studio, seating only 104, is especially suitable for contemporary and traditional dance, plays, comedy, festivals and music. Warning: Latecomers are not admitted to the theatre so as not to disturb the performance. The roomy foyer includes a new bar with dining booths. Parking is available in the university car parks.
In a basement deep under the Auckland Public Library, this cinema specializes in quality, art and cross-over movies. Owner John Hart, one of the industry's leading characters who started his career as an ice-cream boy in the late 1940s, built the cinema in 1982. He chose the site for its proximity to other theaters and the University of Auckland. It seats 230 people, and three years ago had its technical equipment upgraded to include Dolby stereo. A coffee shop is incorporated into the lobby.
This theater was incorporated as a charitable trust in 1998 with the aim of providing a venue for the development of budding New Zealand works, training and experimentation. The programs include improvised shows, jazz, comedy, short films and the spoken word. Bar facilities are available, and the theater seats a hundred people.
After a million dollar restoration, the grandeur and opulence of the spectacular Civic features many facets not seen by the public for many years. The theater was built in 1929 with Indian motifs plus stars on the auditorium ceiling reflecting the Southern Hemisphere night sky. There is a grand staircase to the Winter Garden, originally a Continental-style tea garden that was a wartime cabaret. The international-standard lyric theater itself seats 2350 people. Unfortunately the interior is not open purely for viewing - but it is well worth buying a movie ticket so as to get to see it.
This plush theater with its state-of-the-art technical facilities is part of the Sky City complex, which includes the casino, a hotel, restaurants and Auckland's latest landmark, Sky Tower. The theater seats 700 people and features international and local stage acts ranging from classical theatre to popular music, and with the latest projection system can also screen movies (it is one of the Auckland International Film Festival venues). This makes the theater an ideal conference venue.
If you want to really get an idea of the city's performing arts scene, then a visit to the Q Theatre is what you ought to do. Opened in 2011, the Q Theatre is a community effort that has seen a splendid realization. Starting in the mid-to-late 1990s, when the city felt there to be a want of a first rate, performance space in the city, after the closure of the Watershed Theatre; the Q Theatre has certainly made its mark on the arts and culture scene here. On offer are two main performance spaces - the Loft and Rangatira - which can be hired for performances. Besides this, there are also Citizen Q and Lounge, which make for an ideal place for lunch or a drink at the Q. See the website or call to know more.
Located in the historic Auckland Town Hall, the Concert Chamber is a prestigious venue for concerts and more. Acclaimed for its acoustics, this magnificent room is replete with beautiful stained glass windows and Kauri-wood floorings. It is also used for gala events and cocktail parties.
There has always been funny business in this establishment--before it became a comedy theatre, it was a porn cinema! Now, you will find a varied array of funny folk from part-timers and professionals through to international comedians. Occasionally there are other events, such as music, film and video, and alternative cabaret. Check their website for details of events. There are two licensed bars and cabaret seating for up to 140 people.
Tucked just beside Town Hall, this eclectic venue hosts a variety of events through out the year. Theater, art exhibition, concerts and special parties are just a few examples of that can be expected. Ambience is young, hip and fiendly. The space is quite versatile and is available for hire for various events. Be sure to check thir website for more uptodate event information.