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The Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch is a 106 year old Historic Edwardian Heritage Theatre with up to 1292 seats over three levels.

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The entire auditorium and foyer areas of the Theatre were rebuilt between 2012 – 2014 following the devastating earthquakes of 2011 which required deconstruction of those areas. Significant heritage fabric was retained including the magnificent original 1908 painted ceiling dome, the façade and the 1928 marble staircase amongst many other important heritage features. The Isaac Theatre Royal was rebuilt to 100% of new building codes, following the earthquakes and is regarded as one of the safest, strongest and most spectacular performing arts venues in Australasia.


The Isaac Theatre Royal is committed to being a modern accessible venue for theatre patrons of all types of disability.

All three levels of the Theatre are accessible via an elevator, which is situated inside the main entrance foyer to the right hand side of the entrance and adjacent to the Stalls foyer bar area. The elevator serves the foyer areas on each of the three floors.

Wheelchair seating is available in the Stalls (four seats – in rows S and T, two each side) and Dress Circle (two seats – one either side in row H ).

There are also a further four specially modified ADA seats in the Stalls (two on each aisle of rows I and M), where the arm rest of the seat opens so a person can move easily from their wheelchair.

Bariatric seating options are also available on the Stalls level only and upon request in advance of booking.

The Isaac Theatre Royal is equipped with a hearing loop system on each level of the auditorium.

Accessible toilet and washroom facilities are located on each level of the theatre, two in the Stalls foyer area, one in the Dress Circle foyer and two in the Grand Circle foyer.

Bookings for special seating requirements such as wheelchair access, hearing difficulties or companion seating need to be made by phone to Ticketek on (03)260 5260 or in person at the Isaac Theatre Royal 145 Gloucester Street, Monday – Friday 10.00am – 5.00pm.


P 03 366 6326