Invercargill is at the bottom of the South Island. It has an average temperature during summer (January) of 20.10°C and winter (July) of 5.60°C. Although it is cold during winter, it very rarely ever snows, but does have very severe frosts. These can be - 8°C, which can be very cold, but by mid morning will have thawed out and the day will be quite warm. The average rain fall is about 1042 mm. Autumn is March to May, and can sometimes be very cold also. Warm woollen clothing and a coat is very necessary at this time of the year. If possible, try to talk to someone that has been to New Zealand in previous years.
The Civic Theatre Complex is another building in Invercargill built in English Renaissance style. The Theatre is over 100years old, and is one of Invercargill’s landmark buildings and is still in use today.
It was originally the Invercargill Town Hall and was opened in 1906. The Civic Theatre Complex as it is now known, was extensively renovated and officially reopened in April 2005. Originally built as municipal offices with lecture hall and theatre, connected by the dress circle staircase, the offices and hall have been transformed into function rooms at the front of the Theatre, but the back of house had not been touched.
When restoring, special features were not destroyed, so the Theatre still has Edwardian decor style surroundings of gold plasterwork and deep red carpets, plus state of the art performing art facilities.
The auditorium comfortably seats 1015 and each seat has individual heating and air-conditioning vents located in the floor beneath, how nice in this cold area, it would stop frozen feet!
The complex is popular for a range of activities including productions, ballet, opera, drama, concerts, and much, much more!
So glad it was restored, as it is another lovely building in Invercargill!