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Like so many people, we lost our home in the Christchurch earthquakes. But now we have a new space.

We’ve partnered with the Ministry of Education and Lyttelton Primary to build a dual facility school hall and theatre on the new Lyttelton school campus. The Ministry will fund the building. The Loons Theatre Trust's focus through 2015 & 16 has been fundraising to fit the space out as with retractable seating, staging, lighting, and sound rigs.

Lyttelton Primary School Hall Concept Drawings

The fight to reopen started soon after the February 2011 Earthquakes. Our efforts to raise the money needed to reopen a theatre for Lyttelton and Christchurch have paid off! Last year with the support of 341 donors we raised the money needed for the retractable seating to make this venue possible using the Arts Foundation BOOSTED crowdfunding platform. In fact we raised over $25,000 more than our target which could then by earmarked for the remaining costs of fitting out the theatre.

That left us with a short fall of $150,000 needed to pay for the rest of the fit out (predominately lighting and sound). Just before Christmas Rātā Foundation announced that they would fund that short fall.

Click here to view all our partners that have made the new theatre possible.

Tell us about this theatre then…

This new performing arts space is now home to the Loons Theatre Trust, which means the live theatre spectaculars you know and love will return to Christchurch.

But that’s not all. The space will be used by children to learn drama and dance as part of the LAF educational program. Our vision is to offer a top class performing arts education to the children of Christchurch and take New Zealand talent to the world.

The theatre will also be a much needed venue for touring companies, live music, community events, and school theatre. It’s going to be an amazing resource for our children, our community, and the performing arts.

How can I get involved?

The Loons Theatre Trust is a not for profit trust focused on delivering  outcomes in professional theatre, arts education and the community. To keep up to date with our projects and shows:


Our funding focus is now shifting from capital expenditure to the day to day operational costs as we ramp up our activity and capacity in our new space.  If you are an individual or company and would like to become a Loons supporter, please contact Darryl and he can tell you all about it.


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