Hillsong Church has announced that due to its continued growth across South-East Queensland, it has reached agreement to take over Brisbane’s Tribal Theatre, which has sat empty since 2011.
The good news for history buffs is that Hillsong will be renovating the theatre with the original look and feel in mind, and will retain a lot of the venue’s iconic features.
Pastor of Hillsong Queensland Steve Dixon said the church has been holding services in Brisbane city for four years, but has outgrown many venues.
“We started holding Sunday services for our Downtown Campus originally at the The Met in Fortitude Valley, and have since held them at the Judith Wright Centre and various hotels, so a permanent place to call home will be wonderful,” he said.
The Tribal Theatre was the city’s first purpose-built theatre and opened as the Lyceum in 1906 before Greater Union rebuilt it and named it the George in 1965. It closed in 1991 and was renamed the Dendy in 1994 before closing again in 2008.
Pastor Dixon said there would once more be life in the venue.
“We are thrilled to be able to cater for our growth and also ensure we keep some of Brisbane’s history for future generations.”
Hillsong Church has seven campuses across Queensland, at Mt Gravatt, Downtown and Springfield Lakes, as well as the Gold and Sunshine coasts.
The renovation of the Tribal Theatre is expected to take four to five months.
In the meantime Hillsong Downtown will be meeting at the Pullman Hotel, King George Square. Service times are 9AM, 11AM & 5:30PM and you are more than welcome to join us anytime.