The Loons has been an integral, significant and well-known part of the Lyttelton community for over a century. Built in 1905, the building housed a range of commercial premises through to 1944 including a grocery shop and the Loons garage. In 1944, the building was purchased by three watersiders and around that time the premises was converted to become the Waterside Workers Social Club known locally as ‘The Loons’.
With post-earthquake renovations completed in December 2020, the Loons has been transformed into a state of the art performance venue with facilities to match. The Loons caters for Theatre, Arts and Music to the people of Lyttelton and the wider Canterbury area.