Originally built in 1911, rebuilt 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 the past several decades, playing an integral part of the cultural development of the region.
The heritage listed theatre is a building with rich history and fine architecture, having been restored in detail to its finest detail, including the grand proscenium arch, decorative sconces, original brick walls in the foyers and art-deco style lighting.
The Empire Theatre is the largest performing arts theatre in regional Australia, with modern seating for 1565 people and continues to receive countless commendations from patrons and performers alike.
Parking, including wheelchair accessible parking, is available in a choice of two car parks to the right when driving up Neil Street. Neil Street is a one way street. Parking after 5:00pm Monday to Friday, after 11.30am on Saturday and all day Sunday is free of charge. There is also parking available at the Neil St Bus Interchange.
Patrons with individual needs
If you require mobility assistance, please call the Empire Theatres Ticketing Office on 1300 655 299 to reserve your tickets and notify the staff. They will arrange for a staff member to assist you when you arrive at the theatre.
The Empire Theatre stalls are wheelchair accessible. There are dedicated (limited) seating options for patrons using a wheelchair and their guests. When making your booking, please advise staff.
Note that there is no wheelchair seating available in the balcony.
Hearing loop facilities are available. Patrons with the teleloop facility on their hearing aid can access hearing assistance from rows A-P. When making your booking, please advise staff.