Theatre, Film and Visual Arts
Toowoomba’s Empire Theatre is a heritage-listed venue that first opened as a silent movie theatre back in 1911. The theatre on Neil Street now boasts the latest purpose-built facilities as well as retaining the grandeur and superb acoustics, with the interior styling having been faithfully restored to the finest detail. It hosts a variety of concerts and shows, drawing local, national and international acts to the city. Visit their website for a full listing of what’s on.
The Cobb+Co Museum is part of the Queensland Museum and is home to the National Carriage Collection
of a proud past. As well as the coaches, the life-size collection includes examples of a vast range of vehicles from the horse-drawn era, from farm wagons and delivery carts to the Rolls-Royce of carriages, the Landau. The museum hosts a range of hands-on workshops throughout the year, with everything from blacksmithing and silversmithing to leadlighting and leatherwork.
Toowoomba also has two cinemas, each playing the latest release movies. The Toowoomba Strand is Australia’s oldest purpose-built cinema on Margaret Street. Originally a church and then a hotel, the building was transformed into a cinema in 1914 and has been renovated a number of times throughout the years. The other cinema complex is located at Toowoomba Grand Central shopping centre. For movie times for both venues visit:
Toowoomba also houses a number of art galleries around the city, showcasing many exhibitions throughout the year. The Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery is located beside City Hall on Ruthven Street, and was established in 1937, making it the oldest public art gallery in regional Queensland.
» Tosari Galleries draws art lovers and visitors who can enjoy and purchase original artworks and limited edition prints, along with a range of unusual and beautiful
Australian designed and made glass, ceramic and
» The University of Southern Queensland’s Artsworx is
an established arts venue and production house that showcases its students’ art collection throughout the year.
» Housed inside Kontraband Studios on Laurel St in the CBD, No Comply gallery is an artist-run-initiative.
» Galleries can also be found upstairs, with Raygun Projects at 249 Margaret St and the Australian
Cultural Library at 488 Ruthven St hosting regular exhibitions.
» Alex Lawson Gallery is open from 10am – 1pm and by appointment at 5-7 Railway St.