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Saraton Theatre "The Entertainment Centre of the Coast"



99 Prince St, Grafton, NSW.
Phone: (02) 6642 1633
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The Saraton Theatre Grafton is Australia’s largest (950 seat) and oldest theatre and cinema. A National Trust top award winning restored 1926 iconic theatre, the Saraton is the best location for live theatre, concerts, conventions, school activities and fundraising. In the centre of Grafton; close to shops, hotels, motels and plenty of parking.

In addition to our main theatre, two new cinemas with stadium seating (150 seats) have been built adjacent making it a Triple Cinema Complex. All three cinemas feature digital wide screen projection, hypercoustic surround sound, wheelchair access for disabled patrons, air conditioning, hearing aid loops for those with impaired hearing.

Online booking for cinema available on our website. For Special Live Theatre Performances, individual seat bookings are also available online.

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All Roads Lead to the Saraton Theatre Grafton

The city of Grafton, principal town in the Clarence Valley, is noted for the beauty of its natural environment, its rich heritage and its involvement with the arts.

It is within a sixty-minute drive of many famous beaches and fishing spots. Its history from the time of the cedar discoveries in the 1850s to the present day is filled with significant events. Grafton is acknowledged throughout Australia as the city of trees with its famous Jacaranda trees blooming in November each year.

Grafton is the geographic centre of a large surrounding population.

200km Radii Population and driving times from Grafton
TO TIME POP
Coffs Harbour 1:25 62,978
Lismore 1:20 45,917
Ballina 1:20 42,708
Byron Bay 2:00 32,378
Casino / Kyogle 1:00 23,115
Grafton   32,000
Bellingen 1:40 13,450
Inverell 2:40 12,000
Maclean 0:35 7,000
Glen Innes 1:35 5,944
Yamba 0:50 5,514
Total Population 283,004

About the Saraton Heritage Theatre

The iconic, recently restored Saraton Theatre Grafton is one of Australia’s oldest cinemas and live venues. Built in 1926 and lovingly restored in original Art Deco style it has won a recent National Trust award. It has been described by the Heritage Council of NSW as "The Saraton Theatre is indeed a rare gem of great historical significance".

With a capacity of 950, interested artists, theatre companies, bands and entertainers are invited to make use of this unique facility. The Saraton Theatre has already hosted The McClymonts, John Williamson, Leo Sayer, the Sydney Youth Orchestra, the full Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Mick Flavin, Troy Cassar-Daley, Arj Barker, David Strassman and many charitable functions. It features an enlarged stage, the latest Christie digital cinema equipment and the advanced Hypercoustic sound system. The clarity of the screen and the surround sound bring audiences right into the heart of a movie. The Saraton Theatre has wheelchair access, air conditioning, abundant parking and a hearing aid loop.

The Saraton was built in 1926 by John and Tony Notaras, originally from Kythera, Greece. It is still under the management of the Notaras family and has featured prominently in the social lives of the Grafton community. It is a rare example of an intact two-level cinema. It has survived several fires and was refurbished in its present Art Deco style in 1940. Earmarked in 1999 for redevelopment as a car park, it was rescued by the combined efforts of Angelo, John, Spiro and Mitchell Notaras.

The restoration project has been in keeping with the history of the old theatre. The entire theatre has been completely restored to its original design and colour scheme. The Notaras family has poured a substantial amount of money into the project. They wanted to hand back to Grafton something that is much more than just a  restored picture theatre. It stands as testament to the success and hard work of one of the pioneer families of the Clarence Valley.

The wider community will benefit thanks to the public’s support of the theatre. Donations to local charities have been made. It will be the venue for any major event and performance in the region.


Clarence Valley Orchestra performing "The Proms" at the Saraton


Photo courtesy of Daily Examiner Grafton


Photo courtesy of Clarence Valley Review


Photo courtesy of Clarence Valley Review


 


Photo courtesy of Daily Examiner Grafton

Photo courtesy of Daily Examiner Grafton