Cummins Theatre is located at 31 Bates St Merredin.
Cummins Theatre Manager: Ms Emma Marie Davis
Cummins Theatre Opening Hours
|Monday to Friday
||10.00am to 12.00pm
1.00pm to 4.00pm
Please note that the Opening Hours may be altered depending on the availability of staff.
Explore over 100 years of history in a guided tour of the Cummins Theatre.
Visitors have the opportunity to view the foyer museum, main auditorium, stage, backstage areas, kitchen, Tivoli Room, and gardens, while being guided through the venue with an informative tour by venue volunteers. Tours can be tailored to your interests and can be a simple look and see, or a fully guided tour pointing out the historical aspects of the theatre along with anecdotes and a few ghost stories for good measure. All tours are free however, donations are welcome with all funds being donated to the upkeep of this historic venue.
To book a tour please contact the theatre or the Central Wheatbelt Visitors Centre.
If you just require a peek at the main auditorium please pop into the theatre office during office hours and we will be happy to give you a quick look of the main auditorium.
*Please be aware that if an event is booked into the theatre we may be unable to provide tours of the venue. Visitors are encouraged to contact the theatre to ensure a tour is possible on their requested day.
Cummins Theatre is one of the oldest buildings in the Shire of Merredin. For nearly eight decades and counting it has served as a centre for performances, meetings and social functions of both the local and wider community. It is part of the heart of Merredin.
The Theatre owes its existence in Merredin to Mr James Cummins, who was the Mayor of Kalgoorlie and owner of both the Kalgoorlie and Merredin breweries. Mr Cummins purchased the Tivoli Theatre, which had been built in Coolgardie in 1897, and had it dismantled and sent in pieces to Merredin by train. Here, the thirty year old theatre was rebuilt where it stands on Bates Street. Cummins Theatre, renamed in honour of its founder, opened to the public on 10 October 1928.
Cummins Theatre is available for hire to community members and touring production companies alike (* please refer to below Conservation Works for information*) and as a result of this many public events are held at the Theatre, including weddings, school productions, awards nights and social occasions such as balls and dances, in addition to a wide variety of theatrical and musical performances.
Cummins Theatre has played host to a number of Australia's favourite artists over the years, including AC/DC, Slim Dusty, Marcia Hines, The Wiggles, Johnny O'Keefe, Lano & Woodley and David Helfgott to name a few.
The Theatre is, and continues to be, a cultural hub of Merredin. For more information on Cummins Theatre, please visit the Theatre's website at http://www.cumminstheatre.com.au.
Cummins Theatre Conservation Works
In 2009 the Shire of Merredin received funding to complete comprehensive works to Cummins Theatre. These works included
- The refurbishment of the fly tower;
- The reinstatement of the orchestra pit;
- The installation of reverse cycle climate control;
- New storage rooms and facilities;
- The refurbishment of the backstage area, including dressing rooms, green room, performer's facilities and loading zone; and
- The refurbishment of the Tivoli Room.
Completed in September 2010, the project was made possible by funding from the following:
||Jobs Fund, Heritage Division
||Royalties for Regions, Community Cultural Arts Facilities Fund, Lotterywest