About The World Theatre

82-90 Mosman St
Charters Towers QLD 4820‎
P (07) 4761 5430
F (07) 4761 5440

The World Theatre concept was conceived in 1993 to provide Charters Towers and the surrounding area with a cultural complex that would unite the district and celebrate cultural diversity in a unique historical city.

 During gold rush times, Charters Towers was the 2nd largest city in Queensland and affectionately referred to as ‘The World’.

The World Theatre includes an existing heritage building which has undergone many changes of identity since its 1891 construction. Back in its formative years during the gold rush era, the building housed the Australian Joint Stock Bank. In 1931 it became the Bank of Commerce, which was followed by the Bank of NSW from 1933.

In 1937 Dr Woodburn Stevens paid the princely sum of £450 and turned the building into a house where he lived until 1957, when accountant Norman Dungavell took ownership to open his firm on the premises. Title eventually passed to Norman’s son Graham who sold the building in 1994.

After refurbishment and renovation with support from local businesses, government and individuals, the building reopened in 1996 as
The World Theatre. 

It is a cultural complex where the unique blend of heritage architecture and state of the art technology meet with great success


Charters Towers is fortunate to have a Performing Arts venue such as The World Theatre.  Mt Leyshon Auditorium hosts an exciting calendar of events including plays, concerts, performance, dance, comedy, conferences, school awards and other events - and is also available for hire.

With a 660 seat Auditorium ideal for live music performances, conferences and plays; the Heritage foyer contains the Box Office and space for special events such as foyer recitals, openings and cocktail parties; and the Art Gallery showcases local and travelling exhibitions; The World Theatre satisfies the majority of the cultural needs of the region. 

Owned and operated by the Charters Towers Regional Council, The World Theatre values the support of the Friends of the Theatre Volunteer Group, as ushers and Dungavell’s Bar operations. 
The auditorium has 660 very comfortable seats with wonderful sight lines, professional sound & lighting, counterweight fly system, full size stage, dressing rooms, rehearsal spaces, and the glorious Yamaha C7 grand piano.
Ticketing policy


Your Local Independent Cinema offers twin digital screens showing the latest release movies, film festivals & alternative titles such as filmed concerts and plays.

Thalanga cinema upstairs seats 150 and was named after a local gold mine, while Pajingo cinema, with 130 seats, took its name from a local cattle station; both spaces can also be useful for smaller conferences or forums.
Sophisticated technical equipment offers the highest quality 2D & 3D screenings, with Dolby surround sound in a comfortable and relaxed environment.

Check the weekly cinema program for current session times.

Refreshments can be selected from the enticing snacks on offer at The Candy Bar. Hand-built choc-top ice-creams, freshly cooked popcorn plus a variety of drinks and sweets will tempt your tastebuds.
Live & Special events have the additional option of purchasing beverages from the Bar pre-show and during interval.
Ask the friendly staff about Cinema Gift Vouchers, Rewards promotions and group bookings.
Disabled access and facilities are available.

See you soon...

The World Theatre Gallery... in the foyer 
Hosting a variety of exhibition for artists using different forms and skill levels, the World Theatre Gallery offers an enticing range of visual art to inspire the senses.

For details of upcoming exhibitions, or to apply to exhibit, please contact Charters Towers Regional Council. P: 07 4761 5300

For event information  call P 07 4761 5430 or look online www.facebook.com/WorldTheatreChartersTowers to find the latest movie & LIVE session times at World Theatre.

Buy tickets online anytime (+$1 ticket fee) www.charterstowers.qld.gov.au/world-theatre 


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