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Redevelopment of Riverside Theatres

Winning design for new $188 million Riverside Theatres revealed


City of Parramatta have released images of the reimagined Riverside Theatres.

The highly anticipated winning design was selected unanimously by the jury from a field of five final entries by internationally acclaimed design teams. The successful team, led by COX Architecture with 3XN Architects, Aileen Sage, Turf Design Studio and Bangawarra, crafted the reimagined Riverside Theatres to global best-practice standards, with a strong focus on First Nations inspired design, accessibility and artistic flexibility.

The redeveloped Riverside Theatres will more than double its current capacity. The iconic design and increased capacity will help establish the venue as a world-class performing arts centre, welcoming more than 400,000 visitors per year.

The multi-million-dollar redevelopment will include a 1,500-seat Broadway-style lyric theatre, a refurbished 760-seat Riverside Playhouse theatre, an all-new 420-seat black-box drama theatre and state-of-the-art 80-seat digital studio and cinema and enhanced public spaces.

Construction is expected to start in late 2025, with doors to the new multi-million performing arts centre set to open in 2028.

For the latest project updates visit the Riverside Theatres website.

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