The need for a public hall was first felt in 1884 when it was proposed to the Council that a hall, to cost about 1,000 pounds, should be built. That was the beginning of a long story of recurring controversy culminating in the eventual opening of the theatre on 31 May, 1974, by the Prime Minister of the day, Gough Whitlam. At that time, Cairns had a population of 33,000 people.
Cairns can take some pride in the fact that the theatre was the first purpose-built theatre in regional Queensland. Some years later, theatres were built in Townsville, Rockhampton, Mackay and a number of other centres.
It has now been home to some of the best arts and entertainment available in Australia and with more than 100 shows presented at the theatre each year, ranging from local amateur shows to national and international touring extravaganzas you're definitely going to find something that tickles your fancy! Whether you love a bit of comedy, dance, drama, circus, musicals or live tunes, you'll probably be seeing it at the Cairns Civic Theatre.
Now owned and operated by the Cairns Regional Council.