Introduced in Civ4
Cost[1]50 Hammer
Culture+3 Culture
Special Abilities

Replaced by Pavilion [3]

Replaced by Hippodrome (only in C4bts)



"A theatre is a building in which audiences can watch a play or other theatrical performance. The earliest theatres were outdoors, constructed in a bowl-shaped depression to allow all in the audience to see the stage. Later, specific buildings were constructed to house theatres.

Modern theatres are similar in layout to the earliest buildings. The audience sits or stands facing a stage; behind the stage is an extensive backstage area holding sets, props, dressing rooms and so forth. The primary difference between stages of Shakespeare's time and modern theaters is that the latter have electrical systems allowing them to light the stage as needed and to amplify the actors' voices."


"A Theatre increases a city's culture and increases the happiness output from using the culture slider. A Theatre also provides culture and is required to build the Globe Theatre national wonder."


In the city screen press the following icon to start Theatre construction:

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  1. Cost depends on Game Speed. Quick: 33 Hammer, Epic: 75 Hammer, Marathon: 150 Hammer.
  2. This special ability affects every version of the game, but appears only in C4bts.
  3. This special ability affects only in C4w and C4bts, and appears only in C4bts.