Logo for the Melbourne International Comedy Show. The picture depicts a black cockatoo with dark pink and light yellow accents. The background of the image is coral pink.
Logo for the Melbourne International Comedy Show. The picture depicts a black cockatoo with dark pink and light yellow accents. The background of the image is coral pink.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow

Showcasing the finest talents of the festival.

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#About the theatres

Widely known as the jewel in the crown of the Darling Downs, The Empire makes up the largest performing arts precinct in regional Australia and boasts several heritage listed and modern performance and function spaces. Renowned for its classic art deco architecture, our thriving precinct is a cultural and entertainment hub of the community.

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~Empire~ Theatre

Empire
Theatre

Performances, Functions
Max: 1561
Facade of Armitage centre at night with lights on in foyers

Armitage Centre

Performances, Functions, Weddings
Max: 351
Exterior photo of church theatre

Church Theatre

Functions, Weddings
Max: 288
The Lounge Bar set up for a meeting with a U shaped table set up

Lounge Bar

Functions
Max: 50
Supper Room with Tables and projector set up

Supper Room

Functions
Max: 70
~Lawn~

Lawn

Performances, Functions, Weddings
++
~Studio~

Studio

Performances, Functions
Max: 108

Two young people being handed script by staff.

The Empire Community

As champions of experiences for, with, and by community, we understand the value in fostering an inclusive, diverse environment and developing the arts in our regions as much as possible.

We offer both the opportunity for our community to be entertained by what appears on our stages and to be part of the magic of live performance through our commitment to nurture, enable and inspire cultural growth and creative connections.

#With help from our friends

The Friends of the Empire Theatre Inc is an independent, close-knit community of theatre-lovers who support The Empire through volunteer duties and an annual membership contribution.


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Acknowledgement
of country

Empire Theatres acknowledges the Traditional Custodians, the Giabal, Jarowair and Western Wakka Wakka people, where we work and present stories. We would like to pay respect to the Elders, past and present and to all First Nations people.

Artwork: Kim Walmsley

Empire Theatre