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Address: 221 Tristram St, Hamilton, Hamilton 3214, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 7-838 6600
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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Great small theatre

Attended Rocky Horror Picture show. Great little quaint theatre. Very well run and ambience great. Would definitely go to more shows at this theatre.

Reviewed 16 November 2016
Auckland, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand
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55 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2016

Attended Rocky Horror Picture show. Great little quaint theatre. Very well run and ambience great. Would definitely go to more shows at this theatre.

Thank TheLanes515
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243 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 April 2016

This medium sized theatre has been a fixture in Hamilton for decades and has served the city well by hosting many different types of entertainments. The layout provides a fairly large, but not deep stage and a very broad fan-shaped seating plan that allows everyone to be fairly close to the stage and to have a good view. The acoustics... More 

Thank yummyrib
Hamilton & Waikato Region, New Zealand
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52 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

The Founder's Theatre is Hamilton's biggest theatre, and I have been there for many occasions both performing and being an audience member in the auditorium. The theatre was beautiful, however was a little run down in some areas and it's a shame that they needed to shut it down until further reconstruction happens. Hopefully they'll sort it soon, because a... More 

Thank mouse_xox
Hamilton, New Zealand
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66 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2015

I have been there for various shows and most of the time it is sufficient. But when it comes to a real concert, the sound effects are disappointing.

Thank Kathy B
Hamilton, New Zealand
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50 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2015

many people say this theatre is old and badly in need of refurbishment. This is rubbish. It is perfectly adequate. Comfortable, warm and well enough serviced. The acoustics are good and it is a nice intimate theatre. Any seat in the house is ok. I have been there twice this month and enjoyed very much both performances

1 Thank Tony S
Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 June 2015

Been to a couple of shows and it's fantastic. Nice to sit down and relax without people in front standing up

Thank Carey J
Hamilton, New Zealand
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168 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2014

...but really all we have in Hamilton. The seating is very cramped and small and the air con can be somewhat fickle but the sound quality is generally ok. You can feel like you're a million miles away from the action if you have seats in the range of W-ZZ. Recently saw Bill Bailey and it was a full house.... More 

Thank qofdnz
Hamilton, New Zealand
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20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 16 October 2014

I often attend Founders Theatre to see some of the best shows in the world. The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra performs here on a regular basis. It hosts a range of music and other shows. The theatre is well run with a bar and sells ice creams at half time.

Thank dianne b
Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 19 July 2014

It is place one should go.Whenever one feels tensed or stressed, he or she can relay on to visit this place.Thank you

Thank Bipin215
Orewa, New Zealand
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95 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 June 2014

What an awesome show,seats not very wide, I very large lady sat next to is who couldn't fit into seats

Thank Sydnee123

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