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. During a live telecast in 1986 of the game show It’s in the Bag from the... 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. A long-running show at the Hawke’s Bay Opera House was performed by local... 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. During World War II, many New Zealand communities began fundraising for the war... 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. At first glance the Hastings Municipal Theatre appeared to have survived the... 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. One way the Hastings Borough Council thought the theatre could pay for itself... 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. The first production for the opening of the Hastings Municipal Theatre on 12... 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. When it came to choosing an architect in 1914 to design the... Read more

Historic Hawke’s Bay: Makirikiri Creek by Michael Fowler

The earliest map of Hastings that I have seen dates from the early 1860s. It shows the boundaries of the Heretaunga Plains defined by the Ngaruroro River and Waitio Stream. Running within this boundary was a creek called Makirikiri – which in... 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