During the $3m restoration process, great care was taken to preserve and honour the past as we applied the necessary upgrades to transform the Civic Centre into Golden’s dedicated performing arts and cultural space. Audiences immediately feel at home in the warmth and grandeur of the vaulted timber frame hall. Performing artists delight in the intimate acoustics and easy rapport they feel with their audience.
The Great Hall can accommodate two types of gatherings. The first use is theatrical: a concert hall with full lighting and stage production services. In this theatrical format, your rental includes the hall, the café area, the sprung floor stage and full theatrical lighting services plus backstage amenities including the Green Room and dressing rooms. For theatrical shows hall seating is flexible; chairs and tables (round, rectangle, café) can be arranged to suit your event. Capacity for concerts in row seating is 300. For banquets, table seating maximum is approximately 240.
The café area at the back of the hall is outfitted with an industrial cooler, counters and sinks to serve as a bar area for light food and drinks service. A prep kitchen on the lower floor is available for caterers. Theatrical events using the stage, the theatrical lighting, and/or the grand piano will be required to use a paid staff technician. Please consult with our coordinator.
If you don’t need the full stage and backstage area, the hall is a welcoming space for a variety of social gatherings, presentations, and meetings. With this rental you get use of all the space in front of the red stage curtain. These gatherings take place with the house lights and natural window light. If you wish theatrical lighting for your social gathering or meeting, discuss this possibility with our coordinator for fees.
Visitors enter from the main doors and pass through the foyer into the Great Hall. The foyer has access to modern washroom facilities with stairs and elevator to the Conference Room, kitchen and other rooms on the lower floor. The art exhibit GOLDEN. We Call This Home. beautifully enhances the foyer walls.