The interior of the Chaffey Theatre, shot from the audience's perspective. The theatre is empty and dark, with brown seats and a deep blue curtain closed across the stage area.

Chaffey Theatre

Erawirung Country
Theatre Lane, Renmark SA, Australia
Box Office Hours
Wednesday to Friday 12.30pm to 4pm
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South Australia’s Riverland Mallee region is one of the most diverse, fascinating and beautiful regions in Australia with the legendary Murray River as its focus. In the heart of this beautiful country, in the town of Renmark, the Chaffey Theatre is a fully equipped multi-purpose arts centre which can accommodate conferences, performing arts, film screenings, seminars and product launches. The town sits on the edge of the river and is surrounded by vineyards, citrus groves, flower growing properties and lush parks and gardens, an oasis gateway to the outback.

With a population of around 10,000 in the Renmark Paringa Council area and a theatre base of 30,000 (population within 100km), the Chaffey Theatre is ideally located to service the residents of the region. Renmark is 253 km northeast of Adelaide and 145 km west of Mildura in Victoria. This hauntingly beautiful landscape of wetlands, deep gorges, magnificent scrub and rich grass land teems with wildlife and there are many different ways to enjoy the natural wonders of the Murray and its surrounding areas.

The Chaffey Theatre is named after brothers William and George Chaffey who established Australia’s first irrigation settlement in 1887.

A comprehensive Technical Specifications Document for the Chaffey Theatre is available online. Please review this document before booking the venue for your performance.

After extended consultation with the community a Master Plan was created for the Chaffey Theatre with architects Grieve Gillet Andersen.

We have both a summary and plan available to the public below.

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Venue Information

Venue Details
  • 490 seat proscenium arch auditorium
  • Centre based manager plus box office and technical staff
  • Stage with depth of 13.3m x 20.5m wide
  • Performance area 12m x 11m
  • Full technical facilities and support
  • Lighting desk
  • TV, DVD, CD, data projector, rear projection screen
  • Computerised box office
  • Digital sound desk
  • Digital 3D cinema projector
  • Licensed bar
  • Disabled access
  • Ample car parking
  • Fully appointed dressing rooms, wardrobe, laundry facilities and green room
  • Drama studio available at specified times suitable for 100 people
  • Orchestra pit for up to 25 musicians
  • Yamaha C7 Grand and Yamaha upright pianos
  • Public address system
  • Licensed outdoor courtyard
Opening times

12.30pm to 4pm Wednesday to Friday and 1 hour prior to events and half an hour following the commencement of a performance.


Ample parking in close proximity to the venue.


Wheelchair access is an important aspect of Country Arts service to patrons. Mobility impaired patrons can be comfortably seated in the theatre, and there are dedicated toilet facilities and car parking spaces. Baby change tables are available.

View a seating plan


The theatre has a Licensed Bar

Friends Club Membership

Show your card and save throughout the year. Your Friends Club membership ($30) entitles you to buy tickets at the discounted Friends price.

Terms and Conditions apply contact the venue for more details

Gift Vouchers

Don’t know what to give your friends or family for birthdays or special occasions?

Entertain them with a theatre Gift Certificate; Gift Vouchers can be used for any performance at the theatre.

Corporate Entertainment

A night at the theatre is a perfect way to entertain and impress your clients, network and reward staff. Our staff will assist you in all steps of planning to ensure your guests have a unique and memorable night at the theatre that they will always associate with your company’s hospitality. Contact the venue for more information.

Community Circle

Country Arts SA is partnering with local businesses to enable more people in the community to experience, value and benefit from the arts.

Community Circle brings together businesses with a shared passion and commitment to giving back to the communities in which they operate.

The generous backing of Community Circle businesses will support the Chaffey Theatre in continuing to deliver a dynamic mix of exciting live performances, creative workshops and educational projects.

Community Circle provides a unique platform for businesses to engage with their local communities in association with artistic excellence and exceptional live performance all year round.

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Country Arts SA recognises that we are living and creating on First Nations Lands and we are committed to working together to honour their living cultures.

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