Our Story 

16th Avenue Theatre is a non-profit charitable society run by dedicated volunteers since 1936, and so claims a place as one of the oldest continuously operating drama groups within New Zealand.

It is one of a few societies to have its own purpose-built theatre; constructed in 1954, the theatre has since become a familiar part of the local Tauranga community.

All ages are welcome at our shows and workshops, many of which our community build from the ground-up, and we also we pride ourselves in being a prime location for hire.

The auditorium has a seating capacity of 150 and is accessible for wheelchairs. It provides a comfortable yet intimate setting for both cast and audience. The theatre also offers bar and kitchen facilities creating the ideal place to relax with a beverage or a snack along with a small social/meeting room, available to hire for events, stage productions, meetings and conferences.

We carry with us a long history of showcasing some of the most inspiring talent in the city.

The venue offers a traditional style theatre and has a varied programme of productions by both professional and amateur companies with drama, musicals, comedies and one-night shows.

It's our goal to make fantastic stories accessible to everyone, and to welcome with open arms all who wish to be involved in our community.

16th Avenue Theatre has a strong membership and actively encourages anyone who may be looking for a creative pastime or hobby to join in with the ranks of local people enjoying all the challenges that theatre productions offer. Aspiring actors and directors will always be welcomed and mentored but if your focus is more aligned to creativity with your hands then the theatre offers many opportunities in the set construction, set decoration, properties, costumes, lighting and hosting arenas and willing helpers are always welcome.