Newcastle Civic Theatre
The Newcastle Civic Theatre (also known as The Civic), located in Newcastle, Australia, is one of Newcastle's most popular and prestigious venues. The 1520-seat Civic Auditorium hosts a wide range of musicals, plays, concerts and dance events each year and is the city's oldest surviving theatre (the Victoria Theatre is older but unnoccupied). The building opened in 1929 on Hunter Street as a picture theatre. It is decorated in Spanish baroque style with a marble staircase, terrazzo balcony and chandeliers. Prior to the theatre's opening the Victoria Theatre on Perkins Street in the city's East End had been the premier venue for entertainment and also the city's largest and most opulent auditorium. The theatre was designed by renowned 1920s architect Henry Eli White and opened by the Premier of New South Wales, Thomas Bavin.