Topic: Mayfair Theatre Facade & Entrance (1937)

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Devon Street, New Plymouth


Mayfair  Theatre - Facade & Entrance

Devon Street, New Plymouth


Thomas Bates was involved in both eras of Everybody's/Mayfair construction: he superintended the building of the Grierson and Aimer- designed auditorium as his first job in New Plymouth for Taranaki Amusements Ltd in 1916.(See Everybody's Theatre - Auditorium, 1916)

Later, in 1937, he designed this facade and entrance foyer to the theatre, successfully merging the Art Deco decorations of the later design with the more traditional Art Nouveau theatre - interior. A permit for this work was issued on the 8th of October 1937 with an estimated cost of £10,300.

In January 2010 the "Arthouse Cinema" (previously at Butlers Reef, Oakura) revived the upper floor of the Mayfair and films were shown once again. The cinema was forced to close in 2012 when the building underwent extensive earthquake strengthening. In June 2013 this upper storey of the Mayfair was reopened as a pool parlour, "Eight ball Pool & Dart".

 The ground floor space was also refurbished during the earthquake strengthening and operates now as the "Mayfair Bar".

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