Seats up to 500 people
The O’Reilly Auditorium is a modern, state of the art, 500 seat auditorium.
The seating is continental style and is raked, giving excellent viewing from all seats.
Extra wide aisles allow easy movement between the rows and wheelchair access has been provided in the front two rows.
The stage measures 12m wide between the proscenium arches, by 9m deep. It is serviced by a 48 line counterweighted fly tower, numerous three phase power points, technical earth power supply and lighting way lines. A 63 amp power supply is also available along with a full set of stage drapes. Stage access for packing in is via the loading dock with easy access from the car park.
There is the option of raising the stage thrust to stage height and increasing the stage depth to 12m. The thrust can also be lowered to auditorium floor level, or lowered again allowing it to be used as an orchestra pit for up to 15 members. The thrust has a maximum loading of 5 tonne making it ideal for car launches, etc.
Lighting and sound is directed from the control room at the back of the auditorium. A removable wall allows the sound technician to move their operation into the auditorium space.
O’Reilly Auditorium Size: approx 350m2
Seats up to 100 people
The Bradford Room caters for the smaller function.
Access to the Bradford Room on the first floor is either via the stairs to the right of the main doors or a lift is available for easy access.
This is an ideal room for a business meeting or presentation with seating for up to 100 theatre style.
The room has a ceiling mounted data projector and screen with simple access points for your laptop.
There is a superb audio system, including microphone facilities for AV presentations.
Ample tables and extremely comfortable chairs are available to suit your needs.
The room comes with its own stand-alone bar.
The Variety Theatre Foyer is located on the first floor and allows abundant room for meeting breakouts, tea, coffee etc from this space.
Bradford Room Size: 132m2; 12 x 11m
Seats up to 30 people
The Green Room is suited to the smaller meeting or performance class.
It is a light, bright room with little or no noise to disturb you. Access to the Green Room is via the car park entry with stair access only.
Accompanied by its own kitchen facilities, tables and chairs, this room is also suitable for use as a dance studio with sprung flooring.
Green Room Size: 10 x 5.8 m
Woodham Foyer and The Guardian Gallery
Seats up to 100 people
The Guardian Gallery and Woodham Foyer are suitable for mixing and mingling pre show.
They also lend themselves to trade displays and wine and cheese evenings complete with background music from the grand piano.
Entry to these areas is via the rear car park or from the main entry off Wills Street. The combined foyers allow for the easy movement of people to and from the auditorium entries and are a great place for groups to gather pre show or have a quiet drink at the Fort Bar.
This space is also well suited to host smaller intimate events, performances or even product launches.
Woodham Foyer Size: 133 m2
Guardian Gallery Size: 138 m2
What our customers say
“I love the Ashburton Event Centre space. I use the auditorium for events I organise and always find the staff willing to accommodate my ideas and are very helpful leading up to and on day of event. I also work as part of a team of a volunteer ushers and just love assisting people to seating. I get a lot of thank yous as they leave as they love the facility too! The range of events held in this centre is amazing – so lucky that we can attend world-class (and local) events in this amazing venue.”
“A big Thank You to all involved in making our stay in your venue such a pleasurable one.
I would like to thank all involved for their professional and helpful attitude that made our visit not just easy but enjoyable too.
Please pass my thanks on to your team and also pass on this email to venue management as I feel it is important that all concerned know what a good job is being done.”
LEE ROOK, TECHNICAL MANAGER ROYAL NEW ZEALAND BALLET
“You guys at the Event Centre are amazing…
I know the nature of our ‘down to the line’ programmes puts pressure on you and your team but you are so professional and courteous. It is much appreciated!”
“Our wedding reception was held in the theatre, and we found the venue to be fantastic. The transformation from theatre to Wedding venue was amazing and we received so many compliments on how great it looked.
Roger and the Ashburton Trust Event Centre staff went above and beyond to ensure both of us and our guests were well looked after and we all had a fantastic evening.”