AIR CONDITIONING UPGRADE
Thanks to funding from the Marshall State Government, Thebby is now installing greater air conditioning facilities in the venue to increase patron, staff, and artist comfort. The West Torrens City Council is also contributing to the installation of the new facilities. This is the first time Thebby has received State Government funding.
Many South Australians will have experienced a sweltering concert in the past, most famously the Icehouse gig in 2017. It is hoped that in the proposed redevelopment of Thebby, significant further temperature control of the venue will be incorporated.
We are excited for patrons to feel the cool benefits of the new air conditioning system from our first concert back at Thebby in 2021. Check out what cool gigs are coming up at Thebby here.
THE NEW WESLO ELECTRONIC COUNTER SYSTEM
Weslo Staff is excited to launch a new event technology tool to help event organisers maximise ticket sales while maintaining liquor licence and Covid-19 density restrictions. The Weslo Electronic Counter System can be set-up at any entry/exit point within a venue to count the number of patrons entering and exiting the area minute-by-minute. The WECS allows shows. to only have one entry and exit points as the counters can determine the direction in which patrons are moving to accurately track capacity. The WECS Counters are currently being utilised at Thebarton Theatre.
The event supervisor can access the data at any time on their mobile device to allow on the spot management decisions to increase the success of the event in real-time. Data can be presented in graphical form for quick analysis.
WECS data ensures:
• Correct density requirements to maintain liquor and Covid restrictions, providing Police and venue operators with accurate capacities when needed
• Ticket allocation maximisation
• Effective staff management
• No unwanted lines
• Never turning away patrons unnecessarily
• Improved future management practices by comparing data over time
• Patron safety as density requirements are constantly monitored
• No unnecessary touching of equipment to enter/exit areas – unlike traditional turnstilesThe WECS is the new necessity in event management practices.
To find out more about how WECS can assist you, please contact Christian Whamond at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (08) 8180 0603.
THEBBY DEVELOPMENT PLANS
Plans for development of Thebarton Theatre include building more patron facilities and corporate boxes without impacting the beauty of Thebby itself. The plans incorporate a two-story addition sympathetic to the heritage values of the theatre being built in the East Carpark. Waiting on a decision from the State Government regarding the North-South Corridor development, there was no money from the local or state Governments as the future of the theatre was uncertain. Now with the tunnel decision, the development of the theatre will look stunning with the road upgrade in the area, benefiting both West Torrens locals and the state.
Thebby development upgrades include extra milling space, catering facilities, lift access and a fly gallery and larger loading areas for the artists. Negotiations are underway to get the annualised support that flows to Thebby for maintenance increased so we can bring patron comfort and facilities up to standard.
IT’S A TUNNEL!
Thebby is thrilled with the State Government’s decision to complete the North-South Corridor with a tunnel. Not only with this create more jobs for our economy, but it will save Thebarton Theatre and many other historic buildings in the area including the Queen of Angels Church. This decision highlights the Government’s respect and support for Thebby and Heritage Listed buildings in SA, which we hope will continue into the development of Thebby Theatre in the near future.
Currently, the multiple trucks loading gear into concerts block the whole of South Road whilst accessing the theatre. With the implementation of the tunnel and potential redevelopment of Thebby, trucks will be able to unload via the back of the theatre, minimising congestion on the motorway.
Due to the restrictions set by SA Health at 12:30pm on Wednesday 18 November 2020, Thebarton Theatre will be suspending all events hosted at the venue from Wednesday 18 November until Wednesday 25 November. We thank you for your support and patience during this time. We will continue to update our community on any changes that may occur due to this outbreak.
THE BARTON GALA UPDATE
Due to the recent outbreak of Covid-19 cases in SA, Thebarton Theatre has reduced its capacity and updated their Covid-safe procedures in accordance with SA Health’s guidelines. Due to this, The Barton Gala has been postponed until 2021. All existing tickets will remain valid and ticket-holders will be contacted by Ticketmaster shortly. Thank you for your support and patience during this uncertain time.
THEBBY IS BACK!
Thebby was delighted to welcome our community back to her glorious auditorium on Saturday 19 September 2020. Best of the Bee Gees hosted Thebby’s first post-COVID performance. Socially distanced seats and pods allowed our community to enjoy what they love and stay safe.
Thebby employed extra staff to monitor social distancing regulations and constantly sanitise surfaces. All recommendations by the Government were upheld, including the necessity of patrons to remain seated during the performance.
PLEASE NOTE: COVID19 regulations currently do not allow dancing at Thebby Shows
It is with a heavy heart that Thebby goes dark until at least September 2020.
Following the advice of the Australian Government and considering the safety and well-being of the Thebby community, Thebarton Theatre will not be hosting any events for the next few months. We are doing what we can to support our staff during these difficult times and are looking at ways to help support the industry.
Thank you for your kind words of support so far, as shows continue to postpone, it is wonderful to feel our community around us.
As an independently run venue, Thebarton Theatre relies on the hire income and bar sales and so without events going ahead Thebby is going to be hit hard.
If you’d like to support the venue including bar staff, ushers, box office staff, security, cleaners, maintenance staff and caterers you can by buying us and your mates a Virtual Beer.
Buy a virtual beer for yourself, shout a beer for your mate or if you want, buy a round, a case or even a keg so that we can pay the hard costs and keep on going without any gig
No you won’t get to drink it, but you will help us stay open past this crisis.
#buyabeer and share it on your socials to keep this alive then upload a pic and hashtag #buyabeer and #thebartontheatre and we’ll all be cheering together.
We miss you!
SAVE OUR SUBURBS
On Tuesday. 3 December 2019, over 700 community members came out to Thebby last night for a Public Meeting to discuss the South Road Upgrade and why a tunnel is the best option, not only for the City of West Torrens but our state.
• Michael Coxon – Mayor, City of West Torrens
• Bob Lott – Director, Thebarton Theatre
• Darren Peacock – National Trust
• James Franzon – Hilton Hotel
The resolutions the community unanimously support propose that:
▪️ Completion of the North-South corridor be in the form of a tunnel – built in a manner which preserves our heritage and maintains the integrity of our suburbs.
▪️The Inner West South Road Action Group continue to advocate on our behalf and keep us informed.
Thank you to all those who came in support and we look forward to further updates. If you would like to learn more about the Inner West South Road Action Group, join their Facebook Group.
THE CELEBRATION OF A LIFETIME
On the 29th of July 2018, some of Australia’s most influential musicians and the South Australian Arts & Music Industry gathered in Adelaide to celebrate both the 90th birthday of Thebarton Theatre and its induction into the SA Music Hall of Fame, with the awards presented by the Honourable Steven Marshall, Premier of SA and the then Mayor of West Torrens City Council, John Trainor AOM.
This one off free event helped Weslo Holdings Pty Ltd, the custodians of the venue, say thank you to the many artists, producers, tour bookers, industry, staff and patrons who have helped make Thebarton Theatre Australia’s most loved contemporary live music venue.
Robbie Robertson and Bob Lott (Directors of Weslo Holdings Pty Ltd) were also inducted on the night in recognition for their own individual contributions to the music industry, along with ‘Redgum’, one of Australia’s most iconic bands, who played Thebby in 1985. John Schumann accepted the award on the night and sung Redgum’s biggest hits; ‘I Was Only 19’ and ‘Bali’.
Hosted by the incomparable Julia Zemiro (Rockwiz legend), SA’s favourite son Keith Conlon and the iconic Red Symons, the night was celebrated with some of the most incredible Australian artists to ever have played the Thebarton Theatre Stage.
The line-up included The Angels, James Reyne (Australian Crawl), Mark and Craig Holden, Glenn Shorrock (The Twilights & Little River Band), John Schumann and the Vagabond Crew, Glen Wheatly, The 1965 Masters Apprentices, Vince Contarino (Zep Boys), John Bywaters (The Twilights), The Moonshine Jug and String Band, Geoffrey Stapleton (Gangajang), Dave Blight (Cold Chisel), Trev Warner & Guest, Rockin’ Rob Riley (Rose Tattoo), Timberwolf, Taasha Coates (The Audreys), Kelly Menhennett all backed by The Session Guys: Enrico ‘Mick’ Morena, David Holmes, Gary Isaacs, Derek Charles.
“Thebarton Theatre is being inducted because it has given so much to our industry over the years that Weslo have had the venue. Of the 101 inductees into the SA Music Hall of Fame 61 Inductees have played at the Theatre; 11 of 12 band Inductees (91%) and 50 individuals (52%) have performed in this iconic venue” – Enrico ‘Mick’ Morena, Founder of the Adelaide Music Collective (AMC) and Director of the South Australian Music Hall of Fame (SAMHOF).
It was a glorious night that will be forever treasured by the Thebby Community.
(L-R) Bob Lott, Steven Marshall MP, Robbie Robertson, Keith Conlon
(L-R) Enrico Morena, John Schumann, Robbie Robertson, John Trainer, Steven Marshall MP, Bob Lott