Empire Theatre celebrates 20 year anniversary

Interior of the Empire Theatre.

After two decades providing high quality performance to the community, the Empire Theatre in Toowoomba is celebrating the milestone of their 20th year. General Manager  Kerry Saul says that since the official re-opening in 1997, the Empire Theatre had grown and has now become a precinct housing four functioning performance spaces including the famous main auditorium.

“We were thrilled to be able to celebrate our 20th year in an official way on June 25 with an Open Day, which saw more than 3000 people visit, experience performances and take a behind the scenes look through the precinct,” comments Saul. “One of the things that has changed in the past 20 years is the recognition across Australia of how beautiful the Empire Theatre is and what an architectural gem it is, with the backlit proscenium arch and art deco design.”

“Since 1911 the Empire Theatre has been a large part of the cultural heritage of the city, something lost to the community in 1971 when it closed. After a controversial refurbishment and reopening in 1997 the theatre, twenty years on, is once again a cherished icon of Toowoomba helping to make us such a great city to live in.”

As part of the celebration, the Empire Theatre’s Season 2017 was specially curated to include acclaimed national performing arts companies including Australian Dance Theatre, Opera Australia, Ilbijerri Theatre Company, Queensland Ballet, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Erth and Circa.

Originally built in 1911, the Empire Theatre was largely destroyed by fire and rebuilt in art deco style in 1933 before the eventual closure of the building in 1971 and reopening in 1997.

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