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Read Social Story - The Opera House.

Wheelchair accessibility
Ground floor only. There is no lift at the Opera House.

Accessible seating
Eight wheelchair spaces located in the stalls.

Accessible toilets
Located on the ground floor to the right of the entrance.

Accessible parking
One mobility parking space on Taranaki St at Courtenay Place Park. See Wellington City Council's website for more mobility parking information.

If you require a specific seat, please contact Ticketmaster’s Accessible Seating Line on 09 970 9711 and a customer service representative will assist you with your booking. If you rely on other access requirements to ensure your enjoyment of the show, please contact the Wellington Jazz Festival Ticketing Team at

About the Opera House

Holding pride of place in every Wellingtonian's affections, The Opera House is a wonderful example of an Edwardian Lyric Theatre.

Originally known as the Grand Opera House, it was designed by Melbourne architect William Pitt and supervised by architect Albert Liddy. Opening day was Easter Saturday in 1914. At the time it was one of the largest proscenium arch theatres of its kind in Australasia. Due to its lavishly decorated public room and auditorium with a domed ceiling, circle, stairs and grand circle together with two tiers of boxes, it is an icon of early 1900s architecture.

It is constructed of double capacity brick walls two feet thick and jarrah floors. It has a bigger stage than the Sydney Opera House and even London's West End has only two stages that are larger.