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Cummins Theatre is one of the oldest buildings in the Shire of Merredin.
For 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.
It is used annually to present a diverse range of works by professional touring companies, in house productions by Cummins Kids and Merredin Repertory Club, live simulcasts and cinema screenings.
Our facility also contains a conference room (Tivoli Room), commercial kitchen, licensed bar, and a small visual arts gallery, allowing us to host workshops, award ceremonies, dinners, conferences, weddings, and more.
Seating in the theatre is flexible allowing for a multitude of seating options from standard theatre rows, to cabaret tables, long dinner style seating, or opening up the auditorium floor to accommodate dancing.
The Theatre owns its existence in Merredin to James Cummins, who was the Mayor of Kalgoorlie and owner of both the Merredin and Kalgoorlie 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 today on Bates Street. Cummins Theatre, renamed in honour of its founder, opened to the public on the 10th October, 1928.
Cummins Theatre has played host to a number of Australia’s favourite artists over the years, including AC/DC, Slim Dusty, Johnny O’Keefe, Lano & Woodley, The Wiggles, David Helfgott, Sherbert, Marcia Hines, John Paul Young, and many, many others.
The theatre was permanently entered on the State Register of Heritage Places in 1996, and is highly valued in its community for its live entertainment.