Petersham Town Hall

Petersham Town Hall

Full of character and rich history, this art deco building was the backdrop for the flamboyant dancing scenes from Baz Luhrmann's 1992 film Strictly Ballroom. Opened in 1938 this heritage building still has wow factor.  A large commercial kitchen, versatile space and stunning foyer make this the perfect venue for special events.

  • Weddings, receptions, celebrations and parties
  • Conferences, lectures and expos
  • Musical or theatrical performances
  • Large dance groups or choirs

Size and capacity

453 mplus stage (94m2)


  • Standing-room only (No seats): 550 persons
  • Theatre style seating: 400 persons
  • Banquet style (seated at tables, allowing for dance floor): 250 persons 

Bookable hours

This venue is bookable daily from 8am to 12 midnight, daily. Additional hour available for pack-down until 1am.
Can be booked hourly (on weekdays), for 6-hour blocks or whole day.



AV equipment and digital capabilities

  • Basic audio mixer
  • Basic lighting bar with manually adjustable par can lights
  • An audio visual professional is recommended for large scale events

General facilities

  • Commercial kitchen with fridge, gas stovetop, microwave and heated banquet cabinet
  • Tables: 75 tables (1600 by 800 mm)
  • Chairs: 415 chairs


  • Ramp access
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilet available


107 Crystal Street, Petersham

Transport and parking

On street parking. Closest train station: Petersham

Conditions of hire

  • Bookings will not be accepted within seven (7) days of a proposed event date.
  • You must be 18 years+ to book a Council community venue.
  • You must book time for set up, pack up, and cleaning within your booked hire time.
  • Bookings will not be confirmed until full payment of fees is made and all hirers are required to pay a Refundable Bond.
  • If engaging the services of contractor to conduct activities and or provide catering you must provide all necessary clearances, certificates, insurances and permits pertaining to the services provided, such as RSA certificates, food safety certificates, public liability insurance, working with children checks, police event notifications, etc.
  • You must leave the premises in a clean and tidy condition.
    Smoking, pyrotechnics, open flames/fire pits or use of any smoke generating machines is prohibited in Council Venues or on Council grounds. If the fire alarm is activated unnecessarily for any reason you will be liable for the fine issued by the NSW Fire Brigade.
  • Community Venues for hire are unstaffed venues, in the event of an emergency, call 000 for the police, ambulance or fire brigade. For access and maintenance issues, contact Inner West Council's After Hours Service on 02 9392 5000.
  • In the event that there is a breach of the Conditions of Hire, you may be subject to damages including cancellation of the booking.  

Fees and charges

Details Fee excluding GST GST Fee including GST
Weekdays - Hourly Rate $126.36 $12.64 $139.00
Weekdays - Day Rate (Opening - 5PM) $631.82 $63.18 $695.00
Weekdays - Evening Rate (5PM - Close) $631.82  $63.18  $695.00 
Weekdays - Whole Day (Open - Close) $1,163.64 $116.36 $1,280.00
Weekends & Public Holidays – 6 hour block $1,163.64 $116.36 $1,280.00
Weekends & Public Holidays Whole Day (Opening - Close) $2,327.27 $232.73 $2,560.00
Refundable Bond - Minimum; a higher bond may be imposed at Council staff's discretion. $1500.00 $0.00 $1500.00
Booking Amendment Fee: per amendment (per venue) within one request  $45.45  $4.55  $50.00 
Cancellations - 14 days and greater prior to booking 100% of Hiring Fee Refunded
Cancellations - Less than 14 days prior to booking 0% of Hiring Fee Refunded

Hirer's guide

Download a PDF of instructions on how to enter and exit the venue and use the facilities. (PDF 207.9KB)


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Page last updated: 17 Apr 2024