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.


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS – still to come in 2019 

Wednesday 1 May – Doug Kamo talks Wicked This year’s highly anticipated Musical Theatre Dunedin production will be the multi award-winning Wicked. Local legendary producer and director, Doug Kamo, will offer insights and behind the scene tidbits about the production.

Saturday 22 June – Join us for our 2nd Annual Winter Solistice Event! You and your family are invited to view the parade from the warmth of the Clarkson Room or pop in for a cup of soup and/or hot chocolate and a chat before heading out into the cold. (This party is held in conjunction with the city’s event and will be postponed for weather if there is an official cancellation from the Mid-winter parade organisers)

Wednesday 4 September – Meet a Fellow Friend The Friends of the Regent have been gathering for a few years now and we thought it would be nice to get to know the members a bit more and learn of their unique insights into the Regent, via their voluntary experiences. Margaret Lindsay has been both an usher and a Book Sale sorter for years, and she will entertain us with some of the special experiences she has had through these roles.

Wednesday 6 November – Tangible History Meet Paul Aubin, a guru of local history, who has had involvement with the Regent for many years. His experiences from being the archivist of the Regent ephemera will provide us with a reliably intriguing glimpse of the past.    


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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.