MIddleback Arts Centre from the outside: a sandy-coloured stepped-roof brick building with the Country Arts SA logo on the sign

Middleback Arts Centre

Barngarla Country
141A Nicolson Ave, Whyalla Norrie, SA, 5608, Australia
Box Office Hours
Wednesday – Friday 12.30pm – 4pm
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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.

A comprehensive Technical Specifications Document for the Middleback Arts Centre 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 Middleback Arts Centre with architects Grieve Gillet Andersen

Venue Information

Venue Details
    • 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
    Box Office 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.


    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 Membership

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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

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