A view of the grand exterior facade of Auckland’s Civic Theatre, built in Moorish Revival style (trust me, that is an actual thing).

I love the old place ( it has an artificial night sky ceiling in the main theatre, too!).

I have also adored many films and music performances at the venue. So many great memories.

It’s all about the facades – things that are not always real, projected as if they are, taking us on a fantastical ride.

I guess that’s the nature of entertainment.

It’s part of life too. Hard to know what is genuine sometimes.

But if you have to have a facade, make it a grand one!