Facade from Bath Street
Proscenium and Stage
House and Mezzanine
Stage View from Mezzanine
The Theatre Royal
The Theatre Royal provides a beautiful space for performances,
and although it is not our only performance venue, our members often frequent the stage!
The historic Theatre Royal was built in 1927, replacing the former town hall that had been lost to fire the previous year. The Bath Street entrance, together with the current auditorium, stage and mezzanine was an extension to the pre-existing Mechanics Institute building on Manifold Street, which today houses a gallery space on the upper level and 2 formal spaces on the lower level.
The building was designed by Walter Perry Knights, a local architect who is responsible for many of Camperdown's fine buildings, with the construction undertaken by Cant and Bennett builders, of Footscray.
The total construction cost was 7,193 pounds.
The Official Opening of the new theatre took place on Wednesday, April 11, 1928, with the first film screening being
'The Volga Boatman'.
After many years of use, the theatre was subject to major renovations in the 1970s - 1980s which saw the technical capabilities expanded, new paint and stage replaced. Similarly, the theatre is currently undergoing similar changes as more groups are using the space for performances. The stage was reconstructed in 2015, and new lighting and sound upgrades were undertaken in mid 2019.
Built as a multi-purpose venue, the Theatre Royal has catered for
an array of events in it's rich history, including plays, concerts and other live performances, dinners, festivals, balls, wedding receptions, masses and cinema screenings. It remains a beautiful venue for any event, with ample floor space in the main auditorium, fit for table/chair settings complemented by a 150 capacity tiered mezzanine (for film viewing).
The 6.5 metre wide stage (no rake) features a burgundy velvet house curtain (traverse) with woollen black valance, black woollen stage legs and 2 traverse smothers (1 mid, 1 rear) enclosed in an ornate proscenium archway.
The 1.5 metre apron includes stair access both sides to the auditorium.
Both Prompt and OP sides have change rooms immediately sidestage and an-onstage crossover connects the wings behind the rear smother curtain.
The stage lighting can be hired upon request, ranging from basic wash to addition of RGB LED (static and moving). A cyclorama is also available.
New upgrades have seen the installation of a permanent sound system, which can meet the versatile needs of hirers upon request.
A retractable (acoustically transparent) cinema screen is used for film viewing.
Many performances of the Camperdown Theatre Company have been staged here over the company's history. The space has a natural appeal which adds to the atmosphere of performances.