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Middleback Arts Centre

141A Nicolson Ave, Whyalla Norrie, SA, 5608, Australia

(08) 8644 7300

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November - French Film Festival 2023
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November - French Film Festival 2023

24th March 2023 — 31st March 2023

Mature themes, violence and coarse language

Presented by Country Arts SA

NOVEMBER powerfully explores the perspective of the lead investigators of the French anti-terrorism services, working against the clock in the aftermath of the 2015 attacks across Paris.

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Running in the Shadows of Fleetwood Mac
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Running in the Shadows of Fleetwood Mac

14th April 2023

Presented by Coast 2 Coast Events

The Running In The Shadows show covers the best of Fleetwood Mac’s career. From the early hits from the music of Peter Green, through to the Rumours album era, spanning up to Tango In The Night and ev

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Manta Milmilpa
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Manta Milmilpa

3rd May 2023

Modern-day storyteller and guitarist Robert K. Champion gives the past and present a voice, shedding light on the nation’s truth through song and story in Manta Milmilpa

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About Middleback Arts Centre

In 1978, there was a plan to bring a cultural precinct to Whyalla. On March 9 in 1985, the Middleback Theatre was officially opened.

In its 30 years the centre, run by Country Arts SA, has grown to incorporate a modern 210 seat cinema and the 478 seat theatre has been upgraded to accommodate Australian and international performances including ballet, drama, theatre and music.

Renamed the Middleback Arts Centre in 2015 to incorporate all its functions, it is the cultural and artistic centre of Whyalla.

Everything you need

  • 476 seat proscenium arch theatre
  • 210 seat cinema with Dolby digital surround sound
  • 3D digital cinema projector
  • Spacious foyer with track lighting and licensed bar
  • Centre based manager plus box office and technical staff
  • Stage with depth of 10.88m x 16.70m wide
  • Full technical facilities and support
  • TV, DVD, CD, data projector, rear projection screen
  • Computerised box office
  • Disabled access
  • Ample car parking
  • Fully appointed dressing rooms, wardrobe, laundry facilities and green room
  • Orchestra pit for up to 40 musicians
  • Yamaha concert Grand and Yamaha upright pianos
  • Professional sound system
  • Public address system
  • Fully air-conditioned

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

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Access & Patron Facilities


Parking is available out the front of the Middleback Arts Centre on Nicolson Avenue, and in the Tafe carpark located off of Racecourse Road.


Booking Tickets

Please contact the venue box office with your access requirements. Staff will help you find the best seats available.

Disability Seating

The main theatre auditorium has removable seating located in F Row to accommodate patrons who wish to remain seated in their wheelchair or to allow ease of access to transfer to a theatre seat.

The main Cinema has a dedicated space in the front and centre of the auditorium for wheelchair access.

The Middleback Arts Centre has disability car parking and a dedicated accessible toilet in the Foyer.

The Middleback Arts Centre is guide dog friendly.


Baby change table is available

The theatre has a Licensed Bar

Friends Club

The Country Arts SA’s Friends Club is a membership program that rewards our loyal patrons and helps support our Arts Centres.

Friends Club Membership

For just $30 per year Friends can enjoy exclusive special offers and great savings over the calendar year.

A Friends Club membership entitles you to…

  • Access to discount ticket prices and priority seating for live theatre shows and Arts on Screen screenings (where available, one per membership)
  • Access to discount cinema ticket prices for all screenings. $12.50 each for 2D and $13.50 for 3D screenings, one ticket per membership. (Except Whacky Wednesday where normal prices will apply $11.00 for 2D and $12.00 for 3D)
  • Regular updates of theatre activities
  • Ability to use your membership at any of our 5 Country Arts SA venues throughout 2020
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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 Gift Voucher; Gift Vouchers can be used for any live performance, film screening or candy bar purchase at the Middleback Arts Centre.

You can purchase your Middleback Arts Centre Gift Vouchers at the box office or online.

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Terms and Conditions

Gift Certificates are available for purchase at the following values:
$100,$50, $40, $30, $25,$20,$10

Gift Vouchers are available for purchase online at the following values: $100, $50, $20, $10

Gift Vouchers can only be exchange for tickets at the theatre Box Office during office hours or online through our website.

Gift Vouchers are not redeemable for cash.

Gift Vouchers are redeemable for tickets at the Venue in which it was originally purchased from only and are non transferable.

Country Arts SA Venues are not responsible for lost or stolen Gift Vouchers.

Gift Vouchers are valid for 36 months from the date of purchase.

Additional Terms and Conditions may apply contact the theatre for more details.


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.

With a wide range of shows and some of Australia’s most well-loved actors, you’re sure to find something for everyone. This variety means that we can help you select the show most suited to your guests to ensure an enjoyable night is had by all.

Country Arts SA Corporate Hospitality Packages are designed to help you deliver your business targets in a distinctive way, and can be tailored to meet the needs and budget constraints of your business.

Country Arts SA is continually looking to establish strategic alliances and partnerships with leading, innovative companies such as yours, who understand the reinforcement of business brand values to the community through the arts.

Benefits of Purchasing Corporate Tickets

  • Performance programmes (where available)
  • Tailored drinks package for your needs
  • Free use of exclusive foyer areas for pre-show or post show drinks
  • You can also access special function areas for you to entertain larger groups
  • Ease of booking when purchasing for large groups.
  • Assistance in co-ordinating catering for functions and events held at the venue.
  • Pre show group theatre tours.
  • Invitations to Country Arts SA after show functions.
  • Meet the cast (selected shows only).
  • Best seats available
  • You will also receive invitations to selected, exclusive VIP functions at the venue where you can network with leading corporate identities and artists.

Additional options can easily be arranged to create an evening tailored to your needs

Contact the venue to Join now!

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 Middleback Arts Centre 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.

Middleback Arts Centre Master Plan

After extended consultation with the community a Master Plan was created for the Middleback Arts Centre with architects Grieve Gillet Andersen.

To view the Master Plan click here.

Cinema Advertising

Looking to reach an engaged target audience?

Cinema is a unique advertising medium. Cinema advertisements are vibrant, full colour advertisements shown on the movie screen. Cinema advertising is the perfect medium to increase the community profile of your business.

The Middleback Arts Centre offers two cinema screens for your advertising purposes. Featuring Digital and Real D 3D projection as well as Dolby Digital sound. Each year the Whyalla Cinema screens over 950 screenings. The cinema attracts an average of 30,000 patrons per year to a range of highly anticipated film releases.

We have two options for cinema advertising, either slide or motion.

Option 1: Slide

The Middleback Arts Centre preshow advertising is featured prior to every cinema screening and your business slide will be prominently displayed before screenings accompanied by background music.

Monthly, quarterly and annual periods are available upon request. The advertisement should be a provided in JPEG or PDF format (1920w x 1080h/300dpi). A slide can be designed in-house for a fee.

Option 2: Motion

Full motion features an advertisement of up to 30 seconds . The huge illuminated screen and dynamic sound combine to become the single focus of attention for your advertisement.

Monthly, bi-annual and annual periods are available upon request.

The finished advertisement should be a supplied as an MP4 file.

Interested in booking cinema advertising with us? Fill in the form below.

How to find us

Opening hours: Wednesday 12.30pm - 4pm, Thursday & Friday 12.30pm until 30mins after last show/screening, Saturday venue opens 20 mins prior to first show/screening

141 Nicolson Ave, Whyalla Norrie SA 5608

(08) 8644 7300

Box Opening Hours
Wednesday- 12.30pm – 4.00pm
Thursday & Friday:- 12.30pm until 30mins after last screening/performance starts.
Saturday:- 30mins before first screening/performance starts until 30min after last screening starts.

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Tour Coordination Services
Link into Country Arts SA’s network of performing arts centres across South Australia and benefit from collaboration on tours and negotiation of venue costs, performances and box office as a state-wide package. Please email [email protected] for more information.

Venue details

A comprehensive Technical Specifications Document for the Middleback Arts Centre is available here. Please review this document before booking the venue for your performance.

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