The Eden Theatre is the main performance area seating 210 people comfortably.
Raked (sloped) seating, quality lighting and sound systems and an induction loop for the hard of hearing all combine to make each performance as memorable as possible. The raked seating can be fully retracted to enable the space to be used in many and various ways – different theatre layouts are possible, including ‘in the round’.
The raked seating and flat stage area lends the room to be used as a cinema – and our film nights are increasingly popular, with recent releases being shown to appreciative audiences.
As well as being used as a theatre and cinema the Eden Theatre is also the main function room for the Town Hall – many different uses have been made of the space over the years – from tea dances (most Tuesday afternoons), to performances and exhibitions.
The Eden Theatre was named after the original Eden Theatre which once stood in Bishop Auckland. The father of Stan Laurel (real name Jefferson) managed the Theatre – at the end of the nineteenth century, then again in the 1920’s.