Geelong Arts Centre opened in 1981 and provides access to a wide range of arts experiences for audiences in the Geelong and Barwon region. The Geelong Arts Centre promotes a wide range of performing arts activities through the hiring of its facilities, management of visiting performances, and fostering of local artists and companies.

Geelong Arts Centre comprises:

  • Two theatres - Playhouse Theatre (formerly the Ford Theatre) and Drama Theatre (formerly the Blakiston Theatre);
  • Several studios;
  • Meeting rooms; and
  • Catering facilities.

Geelong Arts Centre presents a range of performances, family events and education programs as well as one-off comedy and film events.

Key Facts 2017-18

  • Total income - $5.7 million
  • Value of assets (land, buildings & equipment) - $26.8 million
  • Creative Victoria's annual operating appropriation - $1 million
  • Creative Victoria's annual capital appropriation - $1.1 million
  • Number of attendances - 177,000
  • Number of website visits - 468,000
  • Number of participants in education programs - 7,560
  • Number of employees - 41 full-time equivalent
  • Number of volunteer hours - 1,046 hours (equivalent to 138 full-time days)