Thebarton Theatre

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Thebarton Theatre
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Thebarton Theatre
General information
Address 112 Henley Beach Road
Torrensville, South Australia
Current tenants Weslo Holdings Pty. Ltd
Opened 11 June 1928
Renovated 1981
Cost £30,000
(A$2.31 million in 2016 dollars[1])
Renovation cost over A$1.0 million
(A$3.78 million in 2016 dollars[2])
Owner City of West Torrens
Design and construction
Architecture firm Karberry & Chard
Other information
Seating capacity 2000

The Thebarton Theatre (sometimes known as Thebbie Theatre or just Thebbie), is an entertainment venue located in the inner-western Adelaide suburb of Torrensville, South Australia. Constructed in 1926,[3] it is one of the most popular medium size venues in Australia.[citation needed] With a capacity of 2000, it is often used by newly formed bands and established international artists. Its small size is not only a more intimate experience with the audience, but is cheaper to rent when compared to the fees involved with renting a whole stadium.

The seating in the Thebarton Theatre is customisable, so it can be arranged from ’in the round’ seating for events such as boxing or even seating partially or fully removed to make room for a dance floor.

The theatre was listed on the South Australian Heritage Register on 23 September 1982.[4]


Former Thebarton Municipal Offices, facing South Road

The Thebarton Theatre and the adjacent Municipal Offices are listed among the 120 nationally significant 20th century buildings in South Australia,[5] and are entered in the State Heritage Register.[6]

When the "old" Town Hall, built in 1885, proved inadequate, the council bought land on the corner of Henley Beach Road and Taylor's Road (now South Road).


The Thebarton Theatre has seen international acts such as: Alter Bridge, Air, Tori Amos, Arctic Monkeys, Avenged Sevenfold, The B-52s, Bad Religion, Beastie Boys, Beck, Behind Crimson Eyes, Belle & Sebastian, Ben Folds Five, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Bill Bailey, Billy Bragg, Black Sabbath, Bloc Party, Blondie, Blur, Bowling For Soup, Brian Wilson, Bruno Mars, Bullet For My Valentine, The Cat Empire, Circus Oz, The Church, The Clash, Cold Chisel, Coldplay, Crowded House, The Dandy Warhols, Devo, Died Pretty, Disturbed, Down, Dylan Moran, Eddie Vedder, Elvis Costello and The Attractions, Foo Fighters, George Thorogood & The Delaware Destroyers, Gomez UK, Green Day, Grifters, Groove Armada, Gipsy Kings, The Hard Ons, Heaven & Hell, The Hives, The Hoodoo Gurus, Hunters & Collectors, Icehouse, The (International) Noise Conspiracy, INXS, James Blunt, Jarvis Cocker, Jeff Beck, Jeff Buckley, Jethro Tull, John Butler Trio, The Kinks, The Living End, Lou Reed, Madness, Mars Volta, Kylie Minogue, Metallica, Midnight Oil, The Monkees, Motörhead, Mortal Sin, Muse, New York Dolls, Nirvana, NoFX, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Paul Weller, Pennywise, Phoenix, The Pixies, Powderfinger, Primus, Public Image Ltd, The Ramones, R.E.M., Redd Kross, Rise Against, Sex Pistols, The Shins, Simple Minds, Simply Red, Skyhooks, Slash, Split Enz, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Stone Roses, Stray Cats, The Strokes, Suicidal Tendencies, Sum 41, The Tea Party, Tool, UB40, The Vandals, "Weird Al" Yankovic, The White Stripes, Wolfmother, You Am I, and many others.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Inflation Calculator". RBA. Retrieved 2017-03-10. 
  2. ^ "Inflation Calculator". RBA. Retrieved 2017-03-10. 
  3. ^ "Thebarton Theatre: History". Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Thebarton Theatre". South Australian Heritage Register. Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 
  5. ^ 120 notable buildings - Australian Institute of Architects Accessed 8 May 2014.
  6. ^ Payne, P. (1996): Thebarton, Old and New. Thebarton City Council. Pp. 129-132. ISBN 0 646 30157 8

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Coordinates: 34°55′25″S 138°34′8″E / 34.92361°S 138.56889°E / -34.92361; 138.56889