Port Augusta Cultural Centre – Yarta Purtli

Art Gallery • Institute Theatre • The Barracks • Lea Memorial Theatre



The Gallery is manned by a dedicated group of volunteers. Opening times have been adjusted due to COVID-19:

Monday – Friday 10am – 2pm
Saturday 10am – 1pm
Closed Sundays and public holidays

Admission is free.

Contact the Arts Officer – Maria Anderson on (08) 8641 9175 with any enquiries, or if you would like to become a volunteer at the Gallery.


The Barracks, an open space located behind the Gallery at the Cultural Centre complex, is the perfect private outdoor venue that can be used for festivals, wedding services, reunions, outdoor meetings and theatrical performances, just to mention a few.

The Port Augusta Cultural Centre has a portable stage. Panels are 1m x 2m and can be arranged in different heights and designs. It is great for catwalks, stage floors, risers for weddings, DJ's and many other uses. The stage was a joint venture of the former Port Augusta Brass Band and the Port Augusta City Council.

To enquire about hiring the Barracks, please contact (08) 8641 9176.

Institute Theatre

The Institute Theatre complex is located ideally in the CBD, making it convenient to combine business with pleasure. It consists of a main/open area, stage area, kitchen, toilets (for patrons/hirers only), front foyer, two meeting rooms (of which one has a small adjoining kitchen), a bar area, and an outside courtyard area. The main/open area stores retractable seating at one end, which holds up to 122 when set up.


Fully air-conditioned and equipped with AV facilities, the theatre is fitted with blinds, which allow both natural daylight into the room and a create a blackout when necessary for projection. Dimmable lights add to this resourced presentation space.

Space includes:

The Theatre is ideal for events such as receptions, product launches, presentations and social functions. Our large theatre can cater for 122 in retractable raised seating or 80 in cabaret style seating. It also seats 21 boardroom style, or 21 in U-shaped seating.

Meeting Room 1

Holds up to 15 people with tea & coffee facilities (data projector & white board are available when pre-booked)

(*Note: if you are a not for profit group you may be eligible for free community use of Meeting Room 1)

Meeting Room 2

Holds up to 15 people. (Data projector & white board are available when pre-booked)

Contact the (08) 8641 9176 to enquire about booking this venue.

Lea Memorial Theatre

The Lea Memorial Theatre was once used as a hall for deb balls, weddings and various other functions. In 1993 the Anderson Dancer Theatre Promoters, under the guidance of the late Greg Faulkner took over the hall and transformed it into a modest theatre.

The fully airconditioned theatre is a key venue for conferences, award ceremonies, product launches, as a performance space and for other events. As a performance space it has a standard overhead lighting rig and comes inclusive of a basic sound system providing playback facilities for CD's, MD's and MP3's.

Also includes:

Seats 420 theatre style, with removable rowns providing a flat area at the front half of the theatre which can be utilised by shows that require audience participation, or incorporate the portable staging. The flat floor also allows conferences to be set up with displays on the floor area. This area also allows for boardroom style seating up to 21, or u-shaped seating up to 21.

Please contact (08) 8641 9176 for enquiries and bookings.

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