Located in the township of Springwood within the City of the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, Blue Mountains Theatre + Community Hub is a dynamic cultural and community precinct for the Blue Mountains region.
Each year, Blue Mountains Theatre presents a diverse selection of entertainment from comedy to world music, jazz, rock & pop, film, classical, dance, guitar virtuosos, drama, children’s theatre, workshops and engaging conversation programs. This world-class theatre program featuring local performers as well as national and international acts make the Blue Mountains Theatre the premier destination for performing arts engagement and participation in the region.
In addition to its program of live performing arts, Blue Mountains Theatre + Community Hub is a multi-purpose facility incorporating:
• The 418 seat Blue Mountains Theatre
• 2 dressing rooms incorporating green room
• Box office facilities and pop-up bar
• 6 meeting rooms available for hire for conferences, seminars, training sessions and more
• Commercial kitchen & dining
• Offices for community services tenants
• A galleria linking the spaces, serving as a foyer for the theatre and a multi-purpose event and activity space
• A service desk for the Blue Mountains City Council in Springwood (currently closed due to Covid-19)
• A landscaped forecourt area which is utilised for a range of outdoor events including markets and expos
• Links to the Springwood Library and the historic Braemar House.
Blue Mountains Theatre + Community Hub is a dynamic and enlivened space with facilities utilised by a wide demographic for a broad range of purposes. Throughout the Blue Mountains region, the venue is affectionately known as 'The Hub'.
Blue Mountains Theatre + Community Hub is owned and operated by Blue Mountains City Council.
"One of Greater Sydney's finest concert halls"
- John Shand, Arts Critic for Sydney Morning Herald, November 2019
Prior to the opening of the Blue Mountains Theatre + Community Hub in 2015, the site (known as ‘The Civic Centre’) was home to various public facilities.
The Civic Centre and Neighbourhood Centre (constructed in 1966) were located within two attached buildings on the western side of the site. ‘Braemar House’, a heritage listed dwelling constructed in 1892, is located on the eastern side of the site fronting Macquarie Road. A Public Library (Springwood Branch) and Council Offices (constructed in 1976) were located between Braemar House and a car park that contained 80 spaces.
Most recently, several community based organisations also operate from the site including Springwood Neighbourhood Centre Cooperative; DARE Disability Support; Blue Mountains Vietnam Veterans & Associated Forces and Blue Mountains Food Services.
In 2007 and 2009, Blue Mountains City Council undertook two needs assessment studies to consider the future of the facility, along with further investigations into the condition and capacity of the existing facilities and options for relocation and/or upgrade of the current facilities.
In 2010 two options were presented to the community for consideration. These were the upgrading of the existing facilities; or the establishment of new facilities at the southern car park site in the town centre. Community consultation was undertaken on this masterplan and submissions were overwhelmingly supportive of both proposals. Ultimately community support was given for the option of upgrading the facilities on the existing Civic Centre / Library site.
Council invested $6 million dollars in the development and was also fortunate to receive the offer of federal funding of $9.5 million towards the construction. Subsequently Council engaged architects Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp to prepare a masterplan for the upgraded facilities.
Construction commenced September 2013 and concluded February 2015.
The Blue Mountains Theatre + Community Hub was officially opened on 14 March 2015 by Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill and Member for Macquarie Louise Markus.