About the
theatres

Known as the jewel in the crown of the Darling Downs, The Empire Theatres make up the largest performing arts precinct in regional Australia and boasts several heritage listed performance and function spaces. Wholly owned by Toowoomba Regional Council and managed on behalf by Empire Theatres Pty Ltd, the thriving precinct is a cultural and entertainment hub of the community.

About the ~theatres~
About the ~theatres~

#Our History

Originally built in 1911 as 'Empire Pictures', rebuilt in an art deco style in 1933, following a fire, and finally restored and reopened in 1997, the Empire Theatre has served as an entertainment hub for Toowoomba and the surrounding areas for over 100 years, playing an integral part in the cultural development of the region. The heritage listed theatre is a building with rich history and fine architecture, including the grand proscenium arch, decorative sconces, original brick walls in the foyers and art-deco style lighting. With modern seating for up to 1561 people, the theatre continues to receive countless commendations from patrons and performers.

Since the official reopening of the main theatre, the Empire Theatres precinct has continued to grow and develop with the inclusion of three other venues, the Empire Theatre Studio, Empire Church Theatre and the Armitage Centre.

The Empire Theatre Studio, located directly behind the main stage is commonly used for small performances with an audience of up to 120, complements the use of the heritage listed Empire Church Theatre. Originally built in 1877, the Church Theatre now hosts a variety of performances including cabaret, comedy, fine music and jazz as well being a popular choice for weddings, receptions and private functions.

The newest addition to the Empire Theatres precinct, the Armitage Centre is a unique 350 seat ‘black box’ performance space and function venue with state of the art facilities including high quality technical equipment, retractable tiered seating and an attractive forecourt as well as impressive foyer and bar spaces. Since it’s opening in September 2014, the Armitage Centre has hosted a variety of performances, including film, drama, music and dance and easily transforms to host weddings and cocktail parties, business functions,or dinner receptions.

#25 years since the reopening

#Our Venues

The Empire combines spectacular architecture with modern technology and functionality to provide just the right amount of versatility and atmosphere for each unique event. 

~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

Empire Church Theatre set up with round tables

Venue Hire

In need of a state of the art performance space? An elegant theatre experience for your audience; a blank canvas for your conference or function; a wedding venue with character and atmosphere? We have it covered.

Theatre tours

Theatre tours


Take a peak behind the curtain...
Tours of The Empire are available by appointment.

About Us

About Us


Not just a pretty space!
There's more to The Empire than our venues.

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