Restored Christchurch Town Hall makes public comeback

Christchurch Town Hall auditorium

New Zealand’s Christchurch Town Hall has reopened to the public some eight years after the deadly 2011 earthquake.

The heritage-listed building, located in the city’s downtown on the banks of the Avon River, received a three-year refurbishment costing NZ$167 million (US$114 million).

Christchurch Town Hall auditorium

Several spaces are already open, such as the 460m2 Douglas Lilburn Auditorium, which can hold up to 2,250 people theatre-style, and the 225m2 Victoria Room, which can seat 140 in banquet-style.

The renowned acoustics and array of spaces are linked by light and airy concourses, making this venue ideal for conferences and seminars to gala dinners and performances.

According to New Zealand news website Stuff.co.nz, the entire complex will be restored by August, with The James Hay Theatre to reopen in April, and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra’s new headquarters will be complete in May.

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