St James Theatre

Address: 77-87 Courtenay Place, Te Aro, Wellington

Getting there

Nearest bus stop: Courtenay Place Bus Stop, St James Theatre/Reading Cinema

Parking: Wilson Parking, 84 Tory Street

Access information

Disabled Seating: 4 wheelchair seats and 4 companion seats

Disabled Access: Yes (including lift to all levels)

Disabled Toilets: Yes

Hearing Loops: In the stalls, excluding rows C–BB

If you require a specific seat to ensure your enjoyment of the show, please contact Ticketek on 0800 TICKETEK (842538) and a customer service representative will assist you with your booking.

About St James Theatre

The grande olde St James Theatre's facade marks a daring contrast to the modernist trappings of the Reading Cinemas complex opposite it.

When His Majesty's Theatre (later to become the St James) was built in 1912, it was the largest vaudeville and picture theatre in Australasia. His Majesty's was the first entirely steel-framed and reinforced concrete theatre in this part of the world and boasted the latest theatrical and mechanical stage appliances.

In the mid 1980s, the St James Theatre, although recognised as one of the country's most valuable treasures, faced the threat of demolition.

The people of Wellington refused to sacrifice the theatre without a battle. The St James has been recognised by New Zealand Historic Places Trust as a Category I building of outstanding cultural and historical significance and is considered one of the finest lyric theatres in Australasia.