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Do you have pre-1950s photos of the Embassy Theatre?



Brief History

  • Designed by Llewellyn Williams (who also designed Kirkaldies & Stains (now David Jones)
  • Built 1924 as the ‘de Luxe’, last surviving of the three built in that period
  • Had a Wurlitzer organ, played silent movies
  • Robert Kerridge’s Kerridge Odeon Theatre Corp bought and changed name to ‘The Embassy’ in 1946
  • 1992 Brierley Investments bought for RNZ Ballet in 1992
  • Embassy Trust formed to buy Embassy 1996. Some upgrading from 1998
  • WCC took over ownership, trust disbanded, 2003
  • Major strengthening completed for ‘LOR: The Return of the King’ in December 2003
  • About $5m spent since 1998, but full refurbishment never completed.

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