Historical

From the Archives: First major renovations, 1988

This is the eighth in a series of vignettes by local historian Michael Fowler, detailing events and characters that have shaped the Hawke’s Bay Opera House story. Photo: The Municipal Theatre as Ron Shakespeare saw it on TV – “drab and... Read more

From the Archives: Redman the Great

This is the seventh in a series of vignettes by local historian Michael Fowler, detailing events and characters that have shaped the Hawke’s Bay Opera House story. Photo: Redman performing at the Hastings Municipal Theatre A long-running show... Read more

From the Archives: Fun Sessions with the Two Jacks

This is the sixth in a series of vignettes by local historian Michael Fowler, detailing events and characters that have shaped the Hawke’s Bay Opera House story. The Two Jacks: Jack W Jones and Jack Baxter During World War II, many New... Read more

From the Archives: 1931 Hawke’s Bay Earthquake

This is the fifth in a series of vignettes by local historian Michael Fowler, detailing events and characters that have shaped the Hawke’s Bay Opera House story. Repairs being made to the Hastings Municipal Theatre in 1931 At first... Read more

From the Archives: Moving Pictures

This is the fourth in a series of vignettes by local historian Michael Fowler, detailing events and characters that have shaped the Hawke’s Bay Opera House story. Photo: Film promotion of Sheik c 1920 One way the Hastings Borough Council... Read more

From the Archives: The Design of the Hastings Municipal Theatre

This is the third in a series of vignettes by local historian Michael Fowler, detailing events and characters that have shaped the Hawke’s Bay Opera House story. Henry Eli White was, in the 1910s, well on the way to becoming... Read more

From the Archives: The First Production – San Toy (1915)

This is the second in a series of vignettes by local historian Michael Fowler, detailing events and characters that have shaped the Hawke’s Bay Opera House story. Publicity photo from the Hastings Amateur Operatic Society’s production... Read more

From the Archives: Architect Henry Eli White (1876-1952)

This is the first in a series of vignettes by local historian Michael Fowler, detailing events and characters that have shaped the Hawke’s Bay Opera House story. Architect Henry Eli White When it came to choosing an... Read more

Historic Hawke’s Bay: Makirikiri Creek by Michael Fowler

The only visible part of the Makirikiri creek today in Hastings is where it surfaces at Windsor Park. Credit: Hastings District Council The earliest map of Hastings that I have seen dates from the early 1860s. It shows the boundaries of the... Read more

Hawke’s Bay Opera House Auditorium

In 2004 Tina-Rae Carter was asked by architect Roger Shand to assist in enhancing the internal decorative features of the Hawke’s Bay Opera House auditorium. Tina had to come up with the auditorium design that would connect the old theatre with... Read more