Auckland's biggest theatre the Aotea Centre is to close for six months for its first major refurbishment in 28 years.
The 2,000 seat centre will close in October when the $44 million work moves indoors.
The exterior work which has begun and will take a year, includes adding roof-top vegetation, and new cladding covering part of the original stone panels.
While the centre's main auditorium has previously been revamped, new foyers, bars and exhibition spaces will be built.
"This essential renewal work will ensure the 28-year-old building gets a much needed upgrade and remains fit for purpose for future generations," said the council agency Regional Facilities Auckland.
The agency said the adjacent Aotea Square will remain open, and the centre will reopen in March next year after the six-month closure.