Lawson Field Theatre July 2019

Lawson Field Theatre

Upgrade project

The project involved a major upgrade and earthquake strengthening.

Upgrades included a new roof and cladding, new drainage, firewall with neighbouring building, seating and access improvements and new theatre system.

Construction began in July 2018 and was completed in August 2019, with the official reopening in September.


Council contribution $1.1m 
Lotteries Community Facilities $350k 
Regional Culture and Heritage $417k 
Eastland Community Trust $1m 
New Zealand Community Trust $400k 
Eastern Central Community Trust $180k 

LawsonField Theatre Mask

About the project

Progress and the theatre's history

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