Benefits of membership

When you join the Friends of the Regent Theatre, you’ll get all kinds of perks and benefits, from invitations to exclusive events, concession ticket prices, and special offers from some of our amazing local businesses – what’s not to love?!

You will no longer pay booking fees for Regent Theatre events and you’ll be entered into draws for tickets as well as getting regular updates about what’s on and what’s coming up.

Click the box below to see the special offers, and to access them, just present your Friends of the Regent membership card in store or when you book. (They will change from time to time – what’s listed is what’s on offer for you now and supersedes any previous promotions.)

For those of you who would like to play a more hands on role with the Theatre, it is overseen by a Board which is elected each year and all members are eligible both to stand for election and to vote.

Annual membership is only $50 per person.

Benefits are individual and not transferable.


2018 Programme of Friends Events

February 21st Treading the Boards—Above & Below

Join us for a lively behind the curtain and below the stage tour of the Regent Theatre, and then meet us in the Clarkson Room for wine and nibbles to hear Jordan Dickson from the Fortune Theatre speak. This is the perfect way to kick off the 2018 Theatre season.

May 2nd Penguins! 

New Zealand is blessed with amazing wildlife and many of them are endangered species. Rosalie Goldsworthy of Penguin Rescue ( will discuss her team’s work with the Yellow-Eyed Penguin population in Moeraki.

Special Event -June 23rd Friends of the Regent Winter Solstice Party

Hot chocolate and nibbles will be available to Friends members and their families in the Clarkson Room prior to the annual Winter Festival parade. Come for a warm drink and chat before you find your place on the parade route or stay upstairs and view the procession from above.

August 15th Real Reels

Our own projectionist, Russell Campbell will discuss film and the early days. A perfect segue into better enjoyment of the International Film Festival.

November 14th And visions of Sugarplums danced in their heads…

In anticipation of the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker, Katya French will discuss the ballet, Tchaikovsky and his works as well as Russian history. Katya studied musical history for eight years in Moscow. Come hear a Russian insider’s view of this masterwork.

December 12 th The Magic of Pixietown

Be a child again as Kirsty Glengarry from the Toitu Otago Settler’s Museum tells the history, trivia and secrets behind one of Dunedin’s most beloved Christmas traditions, Pixietown with festive nibbles and friends.

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Regent Theatre Trust of Otago

Modelled on the Regent Theatre in New York, and with other sister Regents around the world, Dunedin’s Regent Theatre opened for business in 1928 and, for the first 44 years of its life, operated as a cinema. The Otago Theatre Trust was established in 1972 to purchase the Regent, and, with the help of Dunedin’s passionate community, saved the site from a potentially dismal fate as a car park or furniture warehouse.

In 1979, while continuing to manage the administration of the theatre and facilities, the Trust gifted the theatre buildings to the city. Since then, the Trust has worked in partnership with the Dunedin City Council to ensure the theatre remains a jewel in the heart of the city.

The Regent Theatre celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2003, and the Trust, now known as the Regent Theatre Trust of Otago, maintains its goal of developing, maintaining and promoting the Regent Theatre as the region’s premier large scale auditorium for the performing arts and cinema for the people of Otago and visitors to Dunedin.