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Support The Vic for the good of our Community

$6,565 of $200,000 goal
Given by 15 generous donors in around 12 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.

Our target may look big but, to date, together with our Givealittle donors and some very generous donors, we have now raised nearly $70,000 towards our target of $200,000.

While this historic theatre is now a thriving cinema and live venue with all the latest cinema equipment, the foyer and facilities are crowded and worn.

We have well advanced architectural plans that will enlarge the space and improve the experience for our audiences.

The Vic is the country’s oldest cinema and has the highest historic listing with both Heritage New Zealand and Auckland Council.

A determined battle by Devonport people prevented The Vic from being turned into apartments in the mid-2000s. The Vic is owned by Auckland Council but the maintenance and restoration are entirely in the hands of the Victoria Theatre Trust which has a 23-year lease.

For the last 16 years, the trust has spent just over a million dollars on improvements to bring the theatre up to modern cinema standards and as a result, we have seen The Vic flourish and become a vibrant part of the local and wider Auckland community.

Our goal is to raise $200,000 and then apply to Lotteries and Foundation North for the majority of the funds.

The trust has proven itself to have the dedication, the skills and the experience to carry out this large restoration project.

We ask for your continued support for The Vic which is now a vibrant part of the local and wider Auckland community.

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.

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Latest donations

Sandra Taylor
Sandra Taylor on 29 Jul 2020
Amazing project
The Victoria Theatre Trust

Thank you, Sandra, for your generous donation. It is greatly appreciated.

The Victoria Theatre Trust
Gillian on 01 Jul 2020
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.

The Victoria Theatre Trust
Catherine on 05 Apr 2020
The Victoria Theatre Trust

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

The Victoria Theatre Trust
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.

The Victoria Theatre Trust
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.

The Victoria Theatre Trust

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