In 1892, a public meeting was convened for the purpose of forming a School of Arts and a building was erected directly opposite the railway station on Jonson Street, Byron Bay in 1905. The building became the heart and soul of the town.
The School of Arts changed its name to the Literary Institute in 1913.
The building existed as the Literary Institute into the early 1980s when the centre gained a new lease of life as the Byron Community Centre, continuing the long tradition of being a provider of community activity in Byron Bay.
The old building was beginning to wear and in the early 1990s there was action to replace it with a new building. The new Community Centre in Jonson Street was completed in 2002. Included in this is a 250 seat amphitheatre, renamed the Byron Theatre. The amphitheatre has excellent acoustics and sight lines and artists truly enjoy performing in this gorgeous space.
The Centre is entirely self-funded through self-generated income and the occasional project grant. We receive no ongoing funding from Federal, State or Local Governments.
The Byron Community Centre, which houses the Byron Theatre, is a social enterprise providing support to the arts and community services in the Byron Bay community. So, from time-to-time we need to fundraise for various centre activities and infrastructure. This time it is to replace the seats of the Byron Theatre.
Your donation will be used to replace all 250 seats in the Byron Theatre and to lay new carpet.
This will ensure theatre patrons will continue to enjoy a wonderful and comfortable experience in the Byron Theatre for years to come!