The Thebarton Theatre (also known as Thebbie Theatre, Thebbie or Thebby) is an entertainment venue located in the inner-western Adelaide suburb of Torrensville, South Australia. Its capacity is 2,000 people, with customisable seating, enabling to be arranged from "in the round", or with the seating partially or fully removed to make room for a dance floor. It is known as a music venue for both big international names and newly-established artists, as well as a range of other types of performance. There is also an intimate performance space known as "Thebby Baby" or "T-Baby", first used in the Adelaide Fringe in 2020.
Thebarton Theatre is in partnership with Holden Street Theatres, and houses its office headquarters.
Built in 1926 and opened in 1928, the theatre is listed on the South Australian Heritage Register on 23 September 1982.
When the "old" Town Hall, designed by and built in 1885, proved inadequate, the council bought land on the corner of Henley Beach Road and Taylor's Road (now South Road).
The theatre was constructed in 1926, and officially opened on Monday 11 June 1928.
The theatre was listed on the South Australian Heritage Register on 23 September 1982. Along with the adjacent municipal offices, it is listed among the 120 nationally significant 20th-century buildings in South Australia.
Thebarton Theatre is in partnership with Holden Street Theatres, and houses its office headquarters. An intimate performance space known as "Thebby Baby" or "T-Baby" was first used in the Adelaide Fringe in 2020.
The capacity of the theatre is 1,990 fully reserved seating, or 2,000 people with some general admission, but there is a huge amount of flexibility for other configurations, wheter a dance floor, kickboxing tournament or intimate performance.
Selected list of past acts
The Thebarton Theatre has hosted a very large collection of acts, including: Alter Bridge, Air, Tori Amos, Arctic Monkeys, Avenged Sevenfold, The B-52s, Bad Religion, Barry Manilow, Beastie Boys, Beck, Behind Crimson Eyes, Belle & Sebastian, Ben Folds Five, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Bill Bailey, Billy Bragg, Black Label Society, 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, 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, Iron Maiden, James Blunt, Jarvis Cocker, Joe Cocker, Jeff Beck, Jeff Buckley, Jethro Tull, John Butler Trio, The Kinks, The Living End, Lou Reed, Madness, Mars Volta, Keith Urban, Kylie Minogue, Metallica, Midnight Oil, Miles Davis, The Monkees, Motörhead, Mortal Sin, Muse, New York Dolls, Nirvana, NoFX, Opeth, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Paul Weller, Pennywise, Phoenix, The Pixies, Powderfinger, Primus, Public Image Ltd, The Ramones, R.E.M., Redd Kross, Richard Thompson, Rise Against, Sepultura, Sex Pistols, The Shins, Simple Minds, Simply Red, Skyhooks, Slash, Slayer, Slipknot, Split Enz, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Stone Roses, Stray Cats, The Strokes, Suicidal Tendencies, Sum 41, The Tea Party, Billy Thorpe, Tool, UB40, The Vandals, Van Morrison, "Weird Al" Yankovic, The White Stripes, Wolfmother, You Am I.
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