about us

The Princess Theatre is a stunning and well-appointed historical building in the heart of Woolloongabba.  This prestigious venue can host many types of events including weddings ceremonies and receptions, fundraisers, private parties, theatre productions, film and photoshoots and corporate seminars and functions.

The beauty and the vintage old world charm of this lovely lady will captivate your imagination. The management at the Princess Theatre will be on hand to ensure that every detail of your event runs smoothly, from the planning stages all the way through to the big event. You can also be assured that your lighting, audio and visual needs are met through the professional services of Aisle 6. 

Contact us to find out more or to book your next event.

history

The Princess Theatre was designed by John Nicholson and built in 1888 for local landowner and solicitor Phillip Hardgrave. Originally named South Brisbane Public Hall this entrepreneurial venture was designed to provide the rapidly expanding South Brisbane and East Brisbane corridor with a beautiful venue that would become the perfect location for theatre, lectures, balls, musical performances and other public meetings.

In 1893 Phillip Hardgrave sold the property to his father and former Mayor John Hardgrave and it was at that time that the venue was renamed the Princess Theatre. As the years rolled by the Princess Theatre was brought and sold several times over and experienced a number of different incarnations which included being used for a several years as a clothing factory, a movie house and also to host the rehearsals and administration for the US Entertainment Unit during World War II. Despite it’s other occupants the Princess Theatre was used extensively from 1912 through the end of the World War II to screen movies and news reels. What commenced with silent movies and the likes of Charlie Chaplin evolved over the years into black and white talkies and then on to technicolour.

However, the cinematic heyday of the Princess Theatre would not last and between 1949 and 1985 the Princess Theatre was closed to the public and became the home of various small businesses, which included a rag merchant, a secondhand dealer, a paper wholesaler, and an engineering firm. Between 1948 and 1979 the entire stage and back stage area was leased to a printing firm.

Since 1985 the Princess Theatre has sort to keep her doors open to the public so that everyone can enjoy the beauty of this heritage listed venue. In more recent years the Princess Theatre has experienced an extensive refurbishment, which included the painting of the theatre and the proscenium arch that spectacularly frames the main stage, new carpet, polished floors, new lighting and other capital works have breathed new life into this magnificent historical building.

The Princess Theatre is open for business and is the perfect venue to host your upcoming event.