Facilities for Hire
Theatres & Halls
Facilities Management Services (FMS) manages the Arts A1 Theatre, a 277 seat proscenium arch raked auditorium theatre with a fly tower housing 28 counterweighted lines, and Lazenby Hall, a 856 seat proscenium arch semi-raked auditorium with limited winched fly lines. Both the Arts A1 Theatre and Lazenby Hall currently hold public licenses and are available throughout the year for external hires. FMS administers links between the University of New England and potential Hirers of university venues. Bookings made by the University of New England for Teaching & Learning activities are seen as part of our core business and as such have priority.
Enquires regarding the hire of either of these facilities are welcome and can be directed to FMS Events or by phoning (02) 6773 2467
Lazenby Hall and Annex is located adjacent to the University Union Bistro and currently holds a public performance license to seat no more than 938 patrons. (Please note maximum seating in Lazenby is currently 856 due to stage extension).
The Balcony contains seating for 96 patrons on three levels. Once the seats are removed the tiers can be retracted. The flat floor area located in front of the raked seating contains seating for 284 patrons, once the chairs are removed this area becomes a performance area which is popular with musicians. Raked seating to the rear of the auditorium provides seating for 572 patrons. Once the chairs have been removed the raked levels are retracted to expose a completely flat auditorium floor.
Lazenby Hall remains popular with Hirers because of its size and its lively acoustics which suit most music presentation. Lazenby has a small sound and lighting rig for day to day needs which also satisfies a non-demanding Hirer.
Arts A1 Lecture Theatre
Since its commissioning in 1967, the Arts Theatre has been the focal point in the region for student, amateur and professional theatre productions and musical events. It is a purpose-built 300 seat proscenium arch theatre with a fly-tower and raked auditorium. (Please note maximum seating in Arts A1 is currently 277 due to upgrade of Lectern).
The Arts Theatre provides an intimate setting for:
- Theatre and Musical Theatre
- Music Performance
- Lectures and conferences
The venue is supported by the facilities and resources of the University offering a complete professional environment for audience, presenters and performers.
Major upgrades completed in January 2000 include the renewal of seating and flooring materials; refinishing of the timber walls; new doors and door furniture; improved access and utilities for the disabled; and, upgrades to lighting, communication and audio-visual equipment.