Back when the Auckland was holding the International Film Festival I went to see a french movie at the Civic. The Civic has been so lovingly restored it's so glorious to walk through and see all the little details. If you haven't been there it is in a English in India style. Despite that it's done very tastefully and when you get into the theater there is the two large lions with red glowing eyes at the stage and when you look up you see a sunny sky. When the light comes down, the real magic happens. The ceiling actually colors like the sun setting and then little lights start to glow... stars come out and shine! I almost go just for the before show!