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Support The Vic for the good of our Community

$6,365 of $200,000 goal

Given by 14 generous donors in around 10 months


Help us restore Devonport's Victoria Theatre. We need to raise $200,000 to kick start the project.

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The Victoria Theatre Trust needs to raise $200,000 for the restoration of the foyer. This historic theatre is now a thriving cinema and live venue after the trust saved it from permanent closure.

While the theatre now has all the latest cinema equipment, the foyer and facilities are crowded and worn. The cramped foyer urgently needs upgrading and we have well advanced architectural plans that will enlarge the space and improve the experience for our audiences.

If we raise $200,000, the trust will be eligible for grants from major institutional funders such as the Lotteries Commission and Foundation North.

The Vic is a special place - built in 1912 it is a listed Heritage New Zealand historic building and is the oldest purpose-built cinema in the Southern Hemisphere. A determined battle by Devonport people prevented it from being turned into apartments in the mid 2000's and it was re-opened in 2010.

It is now a much-loved entertainment venue for Devonport and attracts performers and audiences from all around Auckland.

The building is owned by Auckland Council but the Victoria Theatre Trust has a long-term lease and is responsible for the operation, maintenance and restoration of the theatre.

So it is up to us to restore The Vic.

Please help us ensure the theatre lasts for future generations.

About us

The Victoria Theatre Trust formed in 2004 to save and develop The Victoria Theatre as a cinema and performing arts centre supporting and responding to community needs. It is now a vibrant and integral part of the Devonport and Auckland cultural landscape.

Use of funds

The foyer will be enlarged, heritage features restored, the ticket counter rebuilt and the foyer re-carpeted. The restoration will be a staged process and all funds raised will be used on this project and future developments.

Latest donations

  • Gillian

    Gillian 4 days ago


    It would be a calamity if The Vic were forced to close, It's a magnificent cinema and work in recent years have made it even more attractive. I just wish it could be possible to get to cinemas 2 and 3 as mobility problems prevent me from accessing them,


    • The Victoria Theatre Trust

      From the Vic Trust, a big thank you, Gillian, for your generous donation.

  • Catherine

    Catherine on 05 Apr 2020



    • The Victoria Theatre Trust

      Your donation to the trust is gratefully acknowledged. Thank you.

  • Batch

    Batch on 16 Mar 2020



    • The Victoria Theatre Trust

      Thank you, Iris, for your very generous donation which is much appreciated by the Victoria Theatre Trust.

  • Garth

    Garth on 04 Dec 2019


    Here's to a Foyer big enough to swing a cat!


    • The Victoria Theatre Trust

      Thank you for your generous support of The Vic Theatre Trust.

  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 28 Nov 2019



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