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The Lawson Mechanics Institute is again being used as a successful performance venue. Recent events have included Radio Plays by the Brook spooky men's choraleTheatre, a concert and dance that attracted over 100 people, from young children to grandparents, who danced the night away and thoroughly enjoyed the music supplied by Blue Mountains Folk Club, and two concerts given by the Spooky Men’s Chorale, which packed the hall to capacity.

The Spooky Men’s Chorale have just launched a new album which was CD of the Week at the ABC. They were in top form at the hall and clearly the audience had a great time. Excellent CD sales on the night indicated they are a big hit with the people of the Blue Mountains.

These events have revealed the wealth of talent in the Blue Mountains community. They also reminded attendees that the Lawson Hall is finally regaining its historic splendour as a wonderful space for theatre, music and dancing. The building has been renovated and repaired by Council and the management committee has worked hard to set it up as a space for larger events as well as smaller community activities, such as fencing classes, drama classes and meetings.

Council has approved the use of a grassed parking area to the east of the building and further development of this proposal is underway. This land belongs to the state government (RTA/RMS) who have agreed to a long term lease for Council. There are also many parking spaces in the town centre and Honour Ave, but people are also encouraged to walk, cycle and catch public transport to events, as has been the practice for 110 years from when the building was first opened first opened in 1906. Keep an eye out for exciting events in the future.

  1. Roy says:

    We used to go to the Queen’s birthday weekend Ball at the Lawson Hall. Great place and you really feel like you are in the Blue Mountains not just some characterless venue.

  2. Nick Ernest says:

    Congratulations to all who worked to save the Hall.
    I remember the early 80’s and bush dances, what great fun had by many. It would be great to do it again despite the now creaking bones.
    Looking good Lawson Mechanics Institute.

  3. Siobhan Rothsey says:

    I remember the heavy rock bands in the ’90’s that played up at the hall…Mutated Muppet among them. The acoustics were good! Best wishes for tomorrow’s opening!

  4. Erst says:

    It’s so good to see the Mechanics Institute finally having great performances – like the Spooky Men, Brook Theatre, Folk Club, Rock and Roll dances! After all Lawson has been through with the road widening this will bring some life back to the town and provide an opportunity for the people of Blue Mountains to display their talents in a historic performance space with character. It’s also a fine space for smaller community events like the Permaculture and Transition Towns groups, fencing classes, art exhibitions etc. Enjoy!

  5. John Sheehy says:

    I am the current chairperson for the Mechanics Institute committee. We are on a fundraising drive to acquire about $6,000.00 to install permanent stage lighting and sound system in the hall. This will provide quality support for theatre and music productions and encourage use of the hall. We have installed the curtains and some lighting received from Springwood Civic Centre. We have the Kawai baby grand piano for solo piano performances.

    2014 promises to be a big step forward for patronage with regular events planned with the Blue Mountains Folk Inc.

    At all events we will be asking for your donation and will provide food for purchase.

    I wish to express my gratitude to the many volunteers who continue to assist in supporting the hall. I acknowledge the payment of $600.00 by ACMMR to the purchase of two front of house speakers and the contribution of microwave ovens. The donation of certain lighting by Brook Theatre and the donation of a second refrigerator by Jason Eddy of Brook Theatre.

    Please support the hall by attending events and give generously.

  6. Nick Szentkuti says:

    Cant’ find the street address here on the website.
    Could you add this to contact information?

  7. Greg Smith says:

    My first visit to the hall for the classical guitarist Simon Powis. Magnificent performance in a venue rich in character.