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The Palladium Niteclub

Also known as: The “Getladium”, Illusions, The Dolls House

Location: Chancery Lane, Central Christchurch

Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand

Current Status: Demolished

Active as a live music venue: 1986 – 1996

Bar Manager: –


Capacity: 800

All-Ages: No

The Palladium was a sprawling upstairs nightclub in Chancery Lane in Central Christchurch, with a massive 800 person capacity and 24 hour liquor license.

Opening in 1986


  • 1986: Opened in Chancery Lane, incorporating a full laser lightshow, a 24 hour liquor license, a large capacity of 800, and resident band Big Game Hunters.
  • 1996: Shaka Groove end their run as the venues last resident band.
  • 2000: John Stanton takes over management, renames it Illusions.
  • 2001: Goes in to receivership, sold to David Henderson, the nightclub then re-themed and re-branded as The Dolls House revue bar.
  • 2010: Damaged and then demolished after the Canterbury Earthquakes



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