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Iconic NSW Live Music Venue Undergoes Major Upgrades

20 July 2023 | 5:12 pm | Ellie Robinson

It comes after the venue was taken over Live Nation, echoing their recent renovations of Festival Hall in Melbourne.

Anita's Theatre

Anita's Theatre (Source: Supplied)

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Last month, Live Nation took over the operations at Anita’s Theatre, one of the most iconic venues in the Illawarra. Now, they’ve announced “a number of structural upgrades” to ensure its longevity and bring it in line with the company’s vision as a world-class live music venue.

Echoing the recent renovations of Festival Hall in Melbourne – which too followed an acquisition by Live Nation – Anita’s has undergone major upgrades over the past few months, with more to come. The 1,200-capacity bandroom has, for example, been installed with a new stage lighting setup and state-of-the-art D&B sound system, both of which come via a partnership between Live Nation and Pro Sound And Lighting. Additionally, there’s been a new crowd safety barrier erected between the stage and the dancefloor.

The venue’s main foyer has also been overhauled, with all-new lighting, audio, staging and furniture. This will mean it’s able to be used as a secondary bandroom, hosting smaller shows with a capacity of 120 punters. In this mode, the space will be dubbed The Kings Room, paying tribute to the very first name the venue was operated under (The Kings Theatre). The first band to play there was local Thirroul band Stunts, who launched their album Housework there back in April.

In a press statement, Bob Mangan (general manager at Anita’s) – said: “The entire team here at the venue is committed to continuing improvements at Anita’s Theatre to ensure that the best shows are attracted to Thirroul, to the benefit of the community and the live performance industry.” 

Head here to see all the gigs coming up at Anita’s Theatre.