“The new fixtures by Girven ensure that the iconic Façade of the Empire Theatre remains tastefully illuminated but also gives it some new artistic flare that will stand the test of time. The colour rendition & white point from the Capital series is great and works well on the heritage listed façades”, explains Ben Hunt. “Overall, we are happy with the product and thank Girven, ULA Group and Visual Focus for helping to bring all of the pieces together to ensure that we have a solid solution.”
The Empire Theatre is one of Australia’s most successful regional theatre venues, hosting up to 130,000 visitors and 600 events annually. Some of the performances produced by the Empire Theatres recently include Phantom of the Opera (2014), Wicked (2017), Kinky Boots (2019) and most recently Mamma Mia in 2020, each providing significant performance, creative and technical training opportunities within the community.
The Empire Theatre originally opened in June 1911, however most of the original building was destroyed by fire in 1933. Since reopening in 1997, the complex retains some of the existing elements from 1911 and complements them with modern seating for 1,561 people and state of the art bar and lounge areas. With the addition of the Empire Church Theatre, Empire Studio and the most recent addition, the Armitage Centre, the Empire Theatres cultural precinct remains the largest performing arts theatre in regional Australia.
Photo Credits: Ben Hunt