Cairns Performing Arts Centre

The Cairns Performing Arts Centre opened on 15 December 2018 completing Council's vision for The Precinct.

CPAC replaces the former Cairns Civic Theatre providing a greatly enhanced audience experience and a state-of-the-art facility that will support our local performers.

The $71 million project took about 2 years to construct.

The main components of CPAC are:

  • A 941 seat main auditorium incorporating balcony seating
  • A significantly increased foyer, bar area and public amenities
  • A studio theatre that can double as a 400-seat performance space, rehearsal and warm-up area
  • Improved back of house facilities, including more change rooms and toilets, a cross over, higher and covered loading bay
  • A deeper stage, more spacious wings, higher proscenium arch, higher fly tower and more fly lines
  • A much larger orchestra pit and providing better piano storage
  • Improve acoustics

For further information, or to book tickets for CPAC shows, please visit the CPAC website.

The Cairns Performing Arts Centre is a joint initiative of Cairns Regional Council, the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and the Australian Government.

Cairns Civic Theatre vs CPAC

This table provides a comparison of the major components of the Cairns Civic Theatre versus the new Cairns Performing Arts Centre.

Cairns Civic Theatre

Cairns Performing Arts Centre

Total floor area (all levels)

2,075m2

7,385m2

Seating main theatre

669

941 (including 260 balcony seats and 20 box seats)

Seating studio theatre

NA

400 (including 81 balcony seats)

Stage dimensions

10m deep by 22m wide (including wings)

13.5m deep by 27m wide (including wings).

Large enough for a full symphony orchestra or ballet company.

Proscenium

13.1m wide by 6.1m high

14m wide by 8m high

Fly lines

21

48

Dressing rooms

14 people

66 people

Toilets, public areas

Female 16, Male 8 (including urinals)

Female 28, Male 14 (including urinals)

Ground floor, female 18, Male 9 (including urinals)

Balcony, Female 10, Male 5 (including urinals)

3 accessible toilets

Toilets, back of house

4

12, including 4 PWD

Hearing loop

NA

Yes

Foyer

224m2

641m2

Balcony foyer

NA

84m2

Food and refreshment service

6m

33m

Terrace

NA

375m2 paved area

Orchestra pit

27m2

68m2

Crying room

NA

15m2

Porte Cochere

NA

18.75m (3-4 car lengths or 50-seater bus and 1 car)

Car parking

110

158

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Last updated: 02 January 2019