Centre of Excellence at the Thornbury Theatre “celebrating over 90 years of entertaining Melbourne”
Located in the tranquil inner northern suburbs of Melbourne, The Thornbury Theatre has been providing various forms of entertainment to locals and visitors from all over Australia for more than 90 years. Over the past decade it has emerged as one of the leading events venues in Melbourne.
These events provide our students with the opportunity to be part of the team that hosts a vast array of diverse functions including live music performances and concerts, weddings, cultural festivals, sporting activities, corporate presentations and more. These events include the sale of food prepared and cooked in our commercial kitchens and the serving of a wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages in our fully licensed premises.
The Theatre was opened on 1st August 1923. and is a fine example of “Art Deco” architecture. It was independently operated and this continued until 1931 when it was taken over by Hoyts cinemas. The Thornbury Theatre was re-modeled in 1932 and became one of their most sumptuous venues in the chain of Regent Theatres. With the introduction of television to Australia in 1956, cinema attendances plummeted and the Regent Theatre went over to part time operation, only opening on Thursday Friday and Saturday evenings. It closed on the 24th of June 1967 and became a ballroom, named the Cantina Ballroom. In the early – 2000’s it was converted into a reception hall for weddings and events named the Midas Reception Hall.
In 2007 the Theatre became part of the Australian College of Trade and has been branded as “The Thornbury Theatre”.