A heritage listed theater since May 31, 1994, the Empire Theatre at the Empire Theatre Complex 56 Neil St, Toowoomba, Queensland, is part of the wonderful history of the city of Toowoomba.
The Empire Theater is the largest theater in regional Australia. It features modern seating amenities and has a 1565 seating capacity. It has received numerous commendations from theater goers as well as artists in the performing arts.
The Empire Theater was built in 1911. After burning down, it was rebuilt in 1933. In 1997, it was restored and reopened to the public. The theater has been an important part in the development of the culture and arts in the area. It has for decades been the entertainment center for Toowoomba residents.
The Empire Theaters boasts of fine architecture and a rich history. It features an art deco style similar to the glory days of Hollywood. Palm trees frame the exterior of the building. The foyer features two bronze and metallic gold plinth-mounted fish tanks.
The grand proscenium arch is the theater’s most prominent feature.
Every element of the theater has been restored to its original grandeur including the grand proscenium arch, art-deco style lighting, the foyer’s original brick walls, and the decorative sconces.
To live up to modern times, the glass towers have been added to the original building to accommodate two levels of complementary foyers. The foyers come complete with bars and lounging areas.
The foyer and auditorium have maintained the art deco style. The backstage area however has been redesigned so modern facilities can be installed to fit the requirements of complex productions.
For information on what’s showing at the Empire Theater, you can call +61 1300 655 299. If you get a chance to catch a show at the Empire Theater, do not miss out on the opportunity.
Talk about your experience at the Empire Theater over authentic Vietnamese cuisine in Toowoomba at the Original Saigon Restaurant.
Explore more of the arts and culture of Toowoomba at the Tosari Gallery.