Christchurch Venue Map

Note: This is a work in progress and will have additional content added both in the Map (i.e. venue images) or in the body of this post (i.e. a list of the venues in questioned, grouped by status etc).

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Cecil House

Also known as:

Location: 69-75 Manchester Street, Central Christchurch

Current Status: Demolished post-earthquake, replaced by commercial buildings

Active as a live music venue: 2000’s

Bar Manager: –



Capacity: –

All-Ages: House-Parties

Cecil House was an old retail and residential building on the corner of Manchester and Welles street that was eventually damaged, then demolished after the Canterbury Earthquakes of 2010 / 2011.

Cecil House exterior circa 2009, taken from Kete Christchurch


Though original built as a Hotel around 1905, by the 1980’s the building had become a mix of residential accommodation and retail shop-fronts. The building itself had fallen in to disrepair and became suitably cheap accommodation, with quite a few musicians occupying flats in the 2nd and 3rd floor during the 1980’s and 1990’s.

Kris Taylor of Leper Ballet circa 2004


As a result quite a few large-scale house parties were held here during the 90’s and in to the 2000’s.


  • Built around 1905, originally as a Hotel
  • Fell in to disrepair during the 1980’s and 1990’s
  • Many musicians lived here during the 1990’s and 2000’s
  • Damaged then demolished after the Canterbury Earthquakes of 2010 / 2011

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