1854 – First building on the site – a wooden structure with canvas walls and roof. Eucalyptus branches strapped to upright poles for decoration. Theatre burnt down after 6 months trading.
1855 – Theatre re-built (current structure) and begins hosting major national and international touring artists including Lola Montez – the “darling of the diggers.”
1887 – Theatre is gutted by fire – original stone walls and tin ceiling remain
1888 – Theatre re-opens and is considered major regional entertainment venue hosting plays, orchestras and variety entertainment.
1901 – A hotel (including accommodation) is constructed in front of the Theatre, the two structures on the same title and joined by a large and impressive foyer.
1919 – The Royal expands its entertainment offering to include moving pictures (silent) and becomes one of the first “picture palaces” in Australia.
1938 – The Royal Hotel is demolished and the Theatre interior and façade is designed in traditional art-deco style. Projectors are sound-enabled and the venue capacity is increased to 800 patrons.
1945 – By the end of WWII Theatre Royal is playing movies to more than 4500 people every week.
1975 – A wall is inserted into the balcony to halve the capacity of the dress circle and lounge – the impact of colour television begins to take its toll.
1980 – The venue revisits live entertainment and hosts many successful shows by local, national and international acts.
1985 – The venue continues to show movies (albeit infrequently) and opens every weekend with a 3am license as “The Pit” Nightclub.
1998 – “The Pit” closes
1999 – The Theatre Royal reopens as a family-orientated cinema and occasional live venue with new owners and a refurbishment
2004 – Theatre Royal purchased by David Stretch and Sarah Burdekin, with partners Julian and Renee Champion de Crespigny.
2004 - 2012 The Theatre Royal becomes one of the country's leading regional music venues with both National and International acts performing here during this time
2012 - Theatre Royal business purchased by Chewton Arts Pty Ltd
2016 - Theatre Royal business purchased by Tim Heath, Andrea Distefano, Felicity Cripps, Jono Hill & Campbell Hynam-Smith