The beautiful Empire Theatre in Toowoomba, regional Queensland was built in 1933 at the height of the art deco period. Unlike many of its contemporaries, the Toowoomba Empire Theatre still stands today, proudly displaying many of the faithfully restored art deco features for which this heritage listed building is renowned and much admired for.
In 1996 the Empire Theatre underwent an award-winning restoration by Hassall Architects and now boasts of being one of the largest regional performing art centres in Australia. However, as with the restoration of many older buildings, the Empire Theatre was not without its own foibles, amongst them notorious building leaks.
In 2014 the theatre underwent additional refurbishments including the repair of building leaks caused by a failing facade system. With minimum disruption, the Proctor Wraptite SA vapour permeable membrane was applied directly over the existing 1996 fibre-cement cladding facade to prevent further moisture ingress. The unique characteristics of Proctor Wraptite SA allow moisture vapour to escape the building envelope whilst maintaining the integrity of the air-tight building envelope.