Treasure Hunt for a Local Jewel

Byron Theatre treasure map

By guest author Sarah Webb

Welcoming all treasure seekers, over sun-indulges, film fanatics and let’s be honest -EVERYONE! If you are on the hunt for something truly special in Byron, I would like to tell you about Byron Bays most cherished hidden gem –  the Byron Theatre! This stunning jewel is the local hotspot for entertainment and that’s not all…

Let’s be real, the weather is hot! You may find that glossy yellow warmth from the sun (that we all love so much), may just be turning your skin all shades of red. This colour can see you contained to your accommodation or home late in the evening, lathered with aloe and possibly ice bags (heaven forbid) unable to move or enjoy all that Byron has to offer.

Take a break from the sun

Never fret, once again BCC has a simple remedy for you (refer to Christmas is Cheerier With the Byron Theatre Club for other BCC recommended remedies!) and yes, this will save your summer nights from uneventful sunburn dwelling and turn them into exciting sunburn dwelling!

Why not soak in aloe in the comfort of our fully air-conned, awesomely comfy and uniquely décor-ed theatre? YES! and even mention: “Aloe Theatre Fever” upon entry, and we will give you aloe. Okay – maybe not the aloe, but we will be able to sell you an ice-cold drink or maybe even muster an ice bag to take that edge off. This is definitely the-package-deal: Air con – theatre – ice cold drink; who knew you could have just as much fun away from the sun as in the sun!

The Byron Theatre is definitely Byron’s hidden gem! You may not notice that nicely tucked away from the busy-ness of Jonson Street is a quiet and cool oasis waiting for you and all other sun over-indulgers to dive into and experience some serious film filled rejuvenation. Cool? Let’s keep it fresh! Byron Theatre is keeping it seasonal, so, if venturing too far from the beach is a little daunting for your Byron- summer- vacay, let Byron Theatre bring the beach to you! All through summer, the Theatre is showing waves of surf films so you can get your beach fix – in A.I.R.C.O.N.D.I.T.I.O.N.I.N.G. What a breath of fresh air!

Go on a treasure hunt

The Byron Theatre is certainly a true gem, but like any hidden diamond you may need the help of my descriptive-treasure-map to find it (or google maps, but I think this way is much more fun).

Kick up your heels and don’t forget the spring in each step as you walk down Johnston street away from the beach (and to the film beach!). Keep springing and stepping until you find our gorgeous Coffee Box. Great treasure hunters; You have now struck your first clue and you are getting close – so close that your film filled night of excitement awaits in the big building next door. Open the door and treasure hunters, be sure to discover your next clue. If you don’t smell the popcorn from here, walk through these doors and you will certainly get a welcoming whiff of theatre-style-munchies and cold drinks to greet you in your arrival. Follow the yellow brick road of popcorn-scented air, straight to the “Box Office” and it is the glowing theatre doors behind which will lead you straight to the treasure.

The Theatre has a treasure chest of films and productions available waiting for you to explore and find that rare crystal which appeals directly to you! There are lots of choices including circus and acrobatics, dancing (ballet, hip hop, cultural), films (new and old), theatre performances, comedy, international and national musicians and LOTS MORE. Check out What’s On Byron for more shows and event and if you want to learn a little more about our Theatre check out Spoilt for Choice at the Theatre.

So, sun over-indulgers and treasure seekers, come and beat the burn at the Theatre this summer! Go on a journey down Johnston Street and discover Byron’s hidden Gem.

Rejuvenate this summer at the Theatre!


Spoilt for Choice at Byron Theatre

Byron Theatre

by guest author Sarah Webb

Because we love entertainment here at Byron Theatre (and BCC), we have decided to play a game! And guess what – prizes are up for grabs

How do we play?
  • Read the wonderful Byron Theatre related content below.
  • Answer the following question: “In which year did the Byron Theatre win the Dolphin Award for Best Venue?”
  • Find the answer below, hint: go back in history
  • Email your answer to until 17th December.

… and you may just win one out of three double passes to our screening of Morning of the Earth on the 18th of December. Winning? I think Y.E.S.

We will draw the lucky winners on 18th December, the winners will be informed on the same day.

So, don’t miss out and participate!!

Byron Theatre is Byron’s local hotspot for creative talent.

Nestled within the Byron Community Centre, the theatre draws visitors from far and beyond in order to see its huge collection of films, performances and acts. It provides a platform to showcase artistic talent which not only benefits talented performers and inspires its visitors but offers support for our local community. Profits made from the Byron Theatre go back into improving it, as well as toward projects which aim to support and mend our local community.

Performance and theatre enthusiasts will find themselves right at home at the theatre. While preserving its old fashioned and authentic interior, it’s beautiful architecture combined with on-point décor creates the ultimate theatrical feel. The 246-seat amphitheatre boasts great air conditioning, lighting, tremendous sound and a welcoming atmosphere which is sure to provide a unique and wonderful experience to all guests.

Guests may even find themselves spoilt for choice with Byron Theatres huge range of shows and performances to choose from. Featuring local, national and international musical talent, stage and theatrical performances, dancing, circus performers and acrobatics, comedy performances, films, cultural performances, conferences and much more. By showcasing well-known talent, the theatre has become a hot commodity among tourists and Byron Bay locals. It has even played host to hugely renowned events such as the Byron Bay Film Festival, which featured some of the best independent films in the country!

The Theatre is also available to hire in order to put on your next performance! Whether you are planning your next event, production or performance, the Theatre’s unique Byron Bay character, is sure to add a welcoming charm to your next performance.

A Century of Creativity

The Byron Theatre has been utilised as a creative platform since well into last century.

It was initially developed as the Mechanics Institute which was further renamed as The School of Arts in 1985, from where the Byron Community and Cultural Centre was established. After undergoing a renovation to accommodate its expanding activities, it became the hit of the town while hosting balls, weekly dances, roller skating, meetings, films, physical clubs, pooling booths and home to a library. It was then further renamed the Byron literary institute in 1913. Unfortunately falling into a state of disrepair, the Byron community locals raised funds to repair the building, which it was then appointed as the Byron Bay Community Centre in 1981 and has continued to run creative projects since! The Byron Theatre then won the Dolphin Award for Best Venue in 2003!

The Theatre is a snapshot of Byron’s local history which is sure to be enjoyed well into the future!

So how do we buy tickets, you may ask? With our easy-to-purchase service online, you can grab these in your own time with a few simple clicks. Alternatively, don’t be shy – pop in and see one of our friendly volunteers and purchase your ticket (and receive a complimentary smile). The BCC box office is opened between 10 am and 1:30 pm, Monday to Friday. We will see you there!

And remember, for those on the hunt for the answer for our social media challenge- search high and low (and back in time) and submit your answers quick! come and experience the charm of the theatre for yourself!

Christmas is Cheerier – with the Byron Bay Theatre Club!


by guest author Sarah Webb

There is no greater gift than the gift of giving and since we are getting into the spirit of Christmas here at BCC, I think it’s time that I let you know about our Byron Theatre Club.

The Byron Theatre club is great. Ever wanted to see a show at Byron Theatre, but thought “oh-no, a few pennies just fell out of my pocket and now I don’t have enough dough for my admission”. Well, fear not Byron Theatre goers (and those aspiring), because I have a simple remedy: B-T-C. One of the great benefits of the Byron Theatre Club is discounts on shows and events AND the same discount for your accompanied family and/or friends. How Great!

BTC can also save the day in other situations which may usually cause you some ka-fuffle. Consider this: Your favourite act is rocking it out (screening, dancing, circus-ing and the list goes on) at Byron Theatre, yet everyone wants to go to the same show you do, and you’re worried that you may not get a ticket. Again, I say to you – fear not Byron Theatre goers (and those aspiring) because I have a simple remedy: B-T-C. Joining the club allows you to priority book, meaning you will deffs get a ticket (phew).  Thank you, Byron Theatre club, Thank you very much.

Now, theatre lovers, It is Christmas coming up and Byron Theatre Club memberships can be purchased as a gift (for yourself or) for a friend – how nifty. That’s not JUST the best bit: See, when you grab a Byron Theatre Club membership for a friend, you are not only looking after your friend (who you obviously love dearly), but you are ALSO helping the creative works of Byron flourish as funds made from this thoughtful gift go straight back into improving Byron’s theatre (woot), and you may even get a little bit out of it as well (that warm fuzzy feeling that you get when you know you have done something Byron Theatre related ☺).

These great little numbers are $50 for the whole year, so you can really get your pennies worth.

So, Theatre lovers, take control of your Byron Theatre bookings, catch your favourite shows and catch them cheaper! Give the gift of theatre to a friend or family member this Christmas! 

Get your Byron Theatre Club membership here.

The Byron Community Centre Volunteer Hub

The Hub supports the vibrant community of volunteer organisations and volunteers within the Byron Shire.

The Hub works as a volunteer referral service. It is a point of contact for those interested in volunteering in our community and, in turn, will provide organisations with access to an ever-expanding pool of interested volunteers. Along with facilitating rewarding volunteer experiences for local people, the Hub will provide ongoing support in the form of workshops, trainings, and social events throughout the year.

Volunteers can join the hub by contacting the Byron Community Centre and filling in a Hub application form.

Should you require any further information please email, or call Cherie or Pippy (Monday to Friday) at the Byron Community Centre on 66856807.

Byron Bay Film Festival

The 10th Annual Byron Bay International Film Festival – Opening Night



October 14, 2016 @ 6:45 pm – 11:59 pm


Red Carpet arrivals 6.45pm

Film at 7.30pm

The Red Carpet Gala Opening Night will once again set the scene for this year’s spectacular ten day international film festival. Tickets are $75 – and on sale now with only 100 tickets available to the general public

Slip into a glittering gown, your favourite cocktail dress or party shirt and join us on BBFF’s Red Carpet as we celebrate the start of ten days of screen magic at BBFF’s 10th Gala Opening Night – Byron’s most glamorous party.

Besides red carpet grandeur and seeing one of the festival’s best films the ticket price includes a pre-film mingle, live music, our fabulous catered After Party and signature drinks.

Walk the red carpet from 6.45pm.  Mingle pre-film on the balcony as the sun sets. BBFF’s Opening Night film is Zach’s Ceremony, an audience favourite, with a local connection.

Chef’s from Byron’s hottest new restaurant Republik are creating a menu which highlights the abundance, biodiversity and quality of Northern Rivers fare.

With scores of filmmakers joining you from Australia and all around the world, BBFF’s guest list is extensive, so tickets to the public are extremely limited.  Opening Night always sells out so don’t be disappointed – buy your early bird tickets now!


Amadeus by Peter Shaffer – National Theatre Live Screening presented by Byron Theatre

National Theatre Live poster for Amadeus by Peter Schaffer

Amadeus by Peter Shaffer – National Theatre Live Screening presented by Byron Theatre

Sunday 21st May @ 1:00 pm
Full $25 | Conc $23 | Student under 18 $10 | Group of 10+ $15 | Age 15+


Music. Power. Jealousy.

Lucian Msamati (Luther, Game of Thrones, NT Live: The Comedy of Errors) plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic play, captured live from the National Theatre, and with orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world – and he’s determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music, and ultimately, with God.

After winning multiple Olivier and Tony Awards when it had its premiere at the National Theatre in 1979, Amadeus was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film.

Please note: This is a live SCREENING of the theatre performance.

11.00am – Internet Sales close
12.00pm – Venue doors open | Box Office sales open | Events Bar open
12.40pm – Theatre doors open
1.00pm – Amadeus – Act 1
Time TBC – Interval (20 min.)
Time TBC – Amadeus – Act 2
4.30pm – Event concludes

TED Cinema Experience – TED2017: The Future You presented by Byron Theatre

TED Cinema Experience – TED2017: The Future You  presented by Byron Theatre

Wednesday 3rd, Sunday 7th & Wednesday 10th May @ 7:00 pm
Full $25 | Concession $23 | TED2017 “Festival of Ideas” 3 Event Package $66 | Age 13+

Awe. A sense of wonder. Life changing. Inspirational. All words used to describe the experience that is TED. Now TED Cinema Experience brings TED2017 to you at the Byron Theatre.

You’ve seen TED Talks, the global phenomenon propelled by ideas that are transforming the world. Now in 2017 you’ll have the opportunity to join the worldwide TED conversation when TED Cinema Experience brings TED’s flagship event, TED2017: The Future You, to cinemas across the country across three unique events!

TED2017 will explore the deepest scientific and psychological insights, the latest medical advances, and thrilling new inventions (all mixed with a dose of ancient wisdom), and will ask questions about our present and future selves. The program will feature a succession of extraordinary speakers – risk-takers, visionaries, celebrities, and an emerging generation of idea creators – who will deliver the “talk of their lives” in TED’s world-famous TED Talk format.

Through the TED Cinema Experience series, you will have unprecedented access to the TED experience, giving you the opportunity to have your curiosity sparked, mind opened, and world shifted – together with other TED fans through three community viewing events at the Byron Theatre.

Open your mind and see the world in new ways; book your tickets now for TED2017: The Future You.

To buy TED2017 “Festival of Ideas” Packages to all 3 Events for $66.00 CLICK HERE

For individual events, see below:

Event 1: TED Cinema Experience: TED2017 Opening Event

Take a front-row seat at TED2017 Opening Night – the kickoff to the week-long TED conference. Experience revelatory TED Talks and performances as they unfold for the first time on the TED stage in Vancouver, BC.

For more information and to buy tickets for the Opening Event CLICK HERE

Event 2: TED Cinema Experience: TED2017  $1Million Prize Event

What will Serena Wiliams (Athlete) have to say about The Future You…?

Watch Serena Williams, a surprise guest, and other brilliant speakers take the stage at TED2017. See healthcare warrior Raj Panjabi win the $1 million TED Prize to fund his wish.

For more information and to buy tickets for the $1Million Prize Event CLICK HERE

Event 3: TED Cinema Experience: TED2017 Highlights Exclusive

Discover the most inspiring and insightful TED Talks from TED2017. This exclusive show, created just for cinema audiences, highlights the best of this year’s flagship TED conference.

For more information and to buy tickets for the Highlights Exclusive Event CLICK HERE

N.B. On the day of each event:

5.00pm – Internet Sales close
6.00pm – Venue open / Box Office open / Event Bar open
6.40pm – Theatre doors open
7.00pm – TED17: The Future You commences
9.20pm – Event concludes