The Empire Theatre Has New Look

after a $6 million refurbishment

14 March 2019

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We have new and improved Empire Theatre.

Toowoomba’s iconic building is the final stages of a $6 million refurbishment with production set to resume this month.

Stage 1 and 2 of a rolling renewal program will ensure the 108-year-old Empire Theatres complex retains its unique character and its reputation as the leading regional performance centre in the country.

The recent work will improve facilities and the overall experience for performers and audiences.

The upgrade involved a major refurbishment of the main auditorium, including seating and carpet replacement, and improvements to the north bar and all foyer areas. Patrons will also enjoy the added feature to the theatre of a new South Bar.

The refurbishment also allows for increased patron comfort with the seat replacement, additional female toilet facilities provided and improvements to accessibility during the theatre interval times.

Toowoomba Regional Council Property Services Chair:

 “A number of local contractors, consultants and sub-contractors were involved in the project and, when available, materials were sourced locally as a preference.

 “Council is committed to preserving the heritage listed buildings and features of the treasured complex.

“Local architects experienced in working with heritage listed buildings and theatres were engaged to oversee the recent refurbishments work.

“The works were required to maintain the theatre as the premium venue for the region as outlined in a building condition report completed in 2014.

Empire Theatres General Manager, Kerry Saul said the reopening of the refurbished main theatre was an exciting event for Empire Theatre patrons.

“The theatre reopens for audiences with the opening night of the Empire Theatres and Heritage Bank hit Broadway musical Kinky Boots, opening on March 22, Mr Saul said.

“Throughout the Kinky Boots season, there will be more than 5000 audience members making full use of the new and improved facilities.

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