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We have managed to source some wonderful Nelson history here with these lovely theatre seating rows straight out of Nelson's very own Theatre Royal circa 1878.

We received these in a recovered and semi derelict state. We stripped back three layers of upholstery to reveal what we believe to be the first or 2nd covering, a dark brown vinyl type material.  

We have had the seating upholstery professionally recovered with a lovely soft red period deco style fabric that we think blends really well with the overall feel of the original seating.

The structure of the back and seating is all original and in good condition.

The seats come with their original cooper springs and are suprisingly comfortable.

The  Rimu hardwood armrests have also been replaced to match the original in shape and timber species, they have been finished with danish oil.


SIZE :  830mm high x 500mm wide x 550mm deep


CONDITION :  Orignal unrestored cast iron seat supports.

Original seats and backs with brand new upholstery, new rimu hardwood armrests.


SHIPPING : free local delivery within the Nelson region or please contact us for a shipping quote to your New Zealand destination.






In 1878 The Theatre Royal was built on market gardening land by a company of Oddfellows. Nelson was a town of just 6,000 yet 1,000 people crammed in on opening night.






The façade originally had a veranda that extended out over the footpath, native timber was used throughout, with rough sawn planks where there is now corrugated iron. The Theatre Royal is the oldest wooden theatre still in use in the Southern Hemisphere.





In 1904 the veranda was removed, raked seats were put in the gallery, a projection box was added with a side entry from the outside as the Theatre was swept into the era of the Silver Screen.



Repertory Saves the Day

By the 30s the building was run down, and theatre was at a low ebb. In 1934 Nelson Repertory was formed, at first performing in the Majestic. In 1944 Repertory bought the Theatre Royal, saving it from conversion into a joinery shop!





Vintage Theatre Royal Folding Seats

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