What improvements will be included in the new Cairns Performing Arts Centre?

The following table compares the identified shortfalls of the existing Cairns Civic Theatre with improvements to be achieved with the new CPAC.



The stage size is the smallest in regional Queensland. 

Increase from 9.5m depth to 12m depth plus minimum 2.5m wide crossover with further consideration to side stage options.

The theatre's 669-seat capacity has commercial impacts and is low by comparison with other regional facilities.

A minimum 900-seat capacity required with revised row spacing/layout and potential balcony seating.

Inadequate dressing and changing room facilities.

To accommodate minimum of 100 performers noting specific peak requirements such as eisteddfods.

Disability Discrimination Act compliance

Improve access for patrons and performers including accessible amenities.

Inadequate rehearsal facilities particularly for larger performances.

Include a blackbox that can double as a 400-seat theatre and rehearsal/warm up space.

Current foyer configuration provides for only 200 people. Similar concerns about bar configuration and the need for a covered Porte Cochere.

Foyer size to increase to accommodate increased patronage. Consideration to small balcony-level foyer as well to serve balcony seating.

Administration staff located in external demountable buildings.

Administration staff are to be accommodated within the new building.

The orchestra pit currently accommodates 16 performers, one entry/egress point and height is compromised in several places.

More flexible operational area with minimum capacity for 45 musicians. 

Height of proscenium arch and fly tower too low for major performances and only 21 manually operated fly lines.

Increase arch height and fly tower grid. Minimum of 45 fly lines.

Loading dock door is only 2.2 metres high.

Increase to 5m/6m.

Lack of suitable stage cross over space.

A cross over of a minimum of 2.5m in width to be incorporated.

Inadequate green room facilities and size.

Additional facilities to be provided.

Last updated: 03 June 2015