Facilities and amenities
When you hire the Theatre, you get access to the stage, auditorium, orchestra well (with a removable top), green room, foyer, ticket booth and toilets (find out more below). Hirers will also have access to Wi-fi for their technical needs.
Other facilities include an adjoining Theatre Lounge (including a bar and kitchen), Hall Lounge and Community Hall that can be hired separately. Click here to find out more.
Auditorium capacity - 331 seats. Row A-7 to A-14 have Wheelchair access.
Click here to see theatre floor plan.
The Hāwera Memorial Theatre auditorium can seat up to 331 people, including eight wheelchair accessible seats in the front row.
Entrance to the auditorium is from the front right (looking at the stage) through the foyer. There are also three other points of exit.
The auditorium walls are adorned by six diorama depicting the history of theatre in South Taranaki, paying homage to the performing arts in our area.
The lighting box is situated at the back of the Theatre, beyond Row M.
The Hāwera Memorial Theatre boasts the largest stage in Taranaki with a standard stage depth of 11.3m and a proscenium width of 9.1m.
The stage is equipped with a 25-line counterweight system, a full set of drapery including smother curtain and PVC cyclorama, a modern lighting rig and powerful sound system.
The theatres standard setup is ready for hirers to walk-in and put on a show or contact the Theatre Trust to assist with re-configuring the stage to work best for you.
Access to the Green Room from the Stage is via stairs at the back of the stage as well as back stage access through the stage door. The comfortable Green Room has a colour monitor of the stage, lounge chairs and tables.
The well-equipped kitchen is fitted out with a kettle, fridge, Zip (hot water), microwave, dishwasher, limited cutlery and crockery.
Off the Green Room are the two main dressing rooms, a multi-purpose space and access to the Orchestra Well.
The walls are adorned with programmes of shows from years gone by. Take the time to have a look at the photos of past prominent Repertory members in the hallway coming into the Green Room.
Ticket Booth and Foyer
Lit by a central chandelier, the inviting Foyer contains a ticket booth, TV monitor for advertising or pre-show messages as well as access to the public toilets.
The Foyer has a dedicated entrance, but can also be accessed through the Theatre Lounge (which can be hired separately).