The City of Newcastle has given us access to two of its most treasured and iconic venues:
The Civic Theatre and The City Hall.
Civic Theatre Newcastle
The heritage-listed Civic Theatre was designed by prominent architect Henry Eli White and opened in 1929. Regarded as one of the finest architects of the period, Henry White specialised in cinemas or ‘picture palaces’ as they were then called. The Civic Theatre is of state significance under a number of criteria as one of the most beautiful theatre buildings in New South Wales having been designed by prominent theatre architect Henry Eli White, the architect of Sydney’s State and Capitol Theatres. The Civic Theatre is a two-storey rendered brick Georgian Revival building. Its facade exhibits features of the Georgian Revival style with Italian Renaissance elements, particularly in the elegant, repetitive semi-circular-headed windows.
The theatre’s mostly intact interior is considered to be an outstanding example of the Spanish/Moroccan style. The building is also an important townscape element, being part of the civic cultural precinct, located adjacent to the City Hall (also designed by White at the same time as the City administration and council chambers) and reflects Newcastle’s status as the state’s second capital at the time of the theatre’s construction.
The theatre has operated almost continuously as an entertainment venue since 1929 and continues to be a focus of social and cultural activity, highly valued by the citizens of Newcastle for its outstanding historical, aesthetic and social significance and rarity.
Newcastle City Hall
Opened in 1929, Newcastle City Hall is one of Newcastle’s most unique and prestigious venues.
Commissioned to be built by newly elected Mayor Morris Light in 1925 and designed by acclaimed architect Henry White (architect of the Civic Theatre), the newly built Newcastle City Hall became home to an amalgamation of eleven Municipal Councils and parts of two shires into a newly formed Newcastle City Council. It was agreed that Newcastle City Hall should be converted into a multi-purpose Function/Conference venue to fulfil all these requirements.
The existing Concert Hall and Banquet Rooms were retained and upgraded, the former office space within the building was converted into Function/Conference Rooms & Reception Areas with carpeting, air-conditioning and all catering facilities.